Many of our schools encourage their students to take part in service projects, both local and global.

These resources aim to enhance and enrich the service learning experience for students in keeping with our schools’ Christian ethos of service.

Rev Sharon Ross Ensor presented a paper at the 2016 Chaplaincy conference, held at Otago University, which explored service learning within our schools and how it can be shaped by our Presbyterian tradition and a Christian theology of service. Shaped by Service



Resources for service learning experiences:

These resources are produced in Word format to enable you to customise them for your context.

Service learning preparation manual. This manual has resources to help students prepare for a service learning experience as well as on-trip and post-trip processing.

Evening reflection and prayer. A booklet for use during a service trip which offers a brief evening prayer format and suggestions for ways in which students can reflect on their day. An introduction to the booklet and suggestions for its use can be found here.

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The Transforming Service conference is held in Australia every two years. It aims to bring together a national network of service learning practitioners from Australian church schools (with a warm welcome extended to NZ school practitioners). The conference aims to create a space for reflecting upon and developing service learning practice ie ‘service where there is an educational component’. It also considers the links between service learning and faith.

The web-site has tabs for the 2018 conference speakers and presentations as well as the 2016 conference speakers and presentations.



Shaped by Service

A paper presented by Rev Sharon Ross Ensor, Director of the Presbyterian Schools’ Resource Office, at the Chaplaincy conference held at Otago University in December 2016. Shaped by Service looks at service learning within the context of Presbyterian Church schools.

Shaped for Service

Resources available for school service learning experiences, particularly overseas trips. The documents are in Word format to allow for your own adaptation.

Service learning trip preparation manual

Introduction to reflection and evening prayer booklet 

Reflection and evening prayer booklet