For over 28 years, Andrew has been the YouthCARE chaplain at Mount Lawley Senior High School and in that time has started many new programs and initiatives, one being the second-hand school uniform shop.
Andrew started the shop in 2007, sourcing second-hand uniforms from graduating students and storing them on a roller rack near his office.
Since then, the shop has grown more and more and Andrew now has hundreds of uniforms donated from families every year that he sells from a shop within the school grounds.
All the money raised goes towards his chaplaincy service in the school and in 2019 over $5,500 was raised through the uniform shop.
Andrew said the shop gave him a great connection point to students and families.
“The shop benefits me as a chaplain. I’m able to meet new students who have transferred from other schools and connect with families in our school that are struggling. I’m often the first person students meet and its great being that first connection point.
“We have parents come in to help me sort the uniforms and sell them at school events. We have an incredible school community and every year we get more and more uniforms donated.”
Michael Camilleri Associate Principal said the second-hand uniform shop was a benefit to the whole school community.
“We have embraced the second-hand uniform shop as it provides great opportunities for all our families. It reduces the financial burden some parents may feel and ensures all students feel part of our school community.”