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Leverage volunteering for your career

You’ve done all this hard work volunteering… now what? It’s time to put your Summary of Service to work!  What is a Summary of Service? Your SVA Service Award Summary of Service is a document that gives a run down of your volunteering. It can be of great benefit to...

Fiordland College joins forces in pursuit of Forever Forests

Harry Excell, Josh Parkinson and Grandma JoyPhoto Credit: Stellar Studios Meridian Energy is today closer to its goal of planting over one million trees in order to become carbon neutral, with the help of two enterprising Year 7’s from Fiordland College. The students...

September Gold Pin Winners

Congratulations to the following students who have each volunteered 500 hours and earned gold SVA Award Pins. Thank you for making such an awesome contribution to your communities! Stefan Finderup, Kapiti College Sophie Taylor, Feilding High School Emma Hutton,...

Could you be a great Dementia Friend?

Nearly all Kiwis know someone with dementia. That’s a lot of us. Have you, or someone you know, been affected by dementia? Would you like to know more about how to assist those with dementia? Well, you’re in luck, and the right place! Alzheimers New Zealand have...

Manurewa High School serves up great vibes to start the day

‘Breakfast Club at Manurewa High School is a space where students can come in, grab some toast, cereal, a hot milo, maybe even French toast if they’re lucky, and just chill out before school. KidsCan, as the main organiser of Breakfast Club, provides the school with...

August Gold Pin Winners

Congratulations to the following students who have each volunteered 500 hours and earned gold SVA Award Pins. Thank you for making such an awesome contribution to your communities! Josh Fail, Cornerstone Christian SchoolRose Ursem, Green Bay High SchoolOrion...

Earning Gold By Helping The Community

Earning Gold By Helping The Community

We're excited to be awarding the first batch of Gold SVA Award Pins to SVA Service Award volunteers this month. More than twenty students from around New Zealand have each volunteered 500 hours to their communities - making a huge impact on their skills development...

Buller High School Volunteering For The Future

Buller High School Volunteering For The Future

Buller High School students have made a big impact on their environment and community through long-term volunteer projects. We're proud to acknowledge their hard work with the SVA Service Award Pins. The school has been involved in the re-vegetation of the Cape...

Papanui High Building Community Relationships

Papanui High Building Community Relationships

Papanui High School students in Christchurch demonstrate how they make a positive impact in their community with the SVA Service Award programme. Having a passionate and dedicated service council is a great start to a school volunteering programme. Papanui High...

what schools are saying

This is perfect for our school. We have so many students who act as unpaid caregivers for grandparents and siblings at home. Ironically, this is often a barrier to producing a full CV of service related activities when it comes to completing applications for study or employment. The Service Record component of the Awards means our kids can be recognised for the work they actually do - exciting times

Vicki Cotton, Head of Careers – Sacred Heart Girls’ High School

We are currently undergoing an awards review in our school to explore how we can make this more accessible and visible across all year levels so this will be fabulous.

Chris Jordan, Assistant Principal, Greenbay High School
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. When you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”.

Dr Syed Muhammad Zeeshan Hussain Almashhadi