Overview

“We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll

Every member of the BROWNS Family – teachers, trainers, students and friends – deserves the opportunity to enrich their Australian experience and contribute towards a better tomorrow. The BROWNS Elevate Initiative embraces learning with purpose. In the classroom, the principles of Content and Language Integrated Learning bring pressing social issues to life; students develop empathy, intuitiveness and social consciousness alongside their language skills. Outside the classroom, the initiative harnesses these learnings with monthly student involvement in local non-profit and charitable organisations.

One by one, the participation of BROWNS students creates profound change for a range of issues and organisations supported by the BROWNS Elevate Initiative.

Find out more about involving your community or not-for-profit organisation in the BROWNS Elevate program by contacting us here.

2017 Calendar

MONTH ORGANISATION AND DETAILS DATE
FEBRUARY THE BEACH
Many Queenslanders’ lives revolve around the sea and it is important for everyone, including visitors to learn about the importance of water safety. In addition to an English lesson on water safety, volunteers from the Surf Life Saving Foundation will come and deliver workshops on water safety and this will be followed by a practical session at Southport Beach for the students. BROWNS considers the Queensland Surf Life Savers to be vital to everyone in the community and will follow this up with a donation to help keep everyone safe.
Mid-end February
MARCH WORLD'S GREATEST SHAVE - FUNKY HAIR DAY
Two activities:
1) A Teacher nominates an amount that needs to be reached in order to have his hair shaven
2) Students donate $2 and can spray their hair how they like with colours provided
17th March
APRIL HELP AN AUSSIE KID
A trivia day is a great way to learn English, gain world knowledge and have a fun afternoon. BROWNS will be giving away prizes to those who get the best scores and money will also be donated to those living in poverty in Australia.
Mid-April
MAY SUPPORTING ANIMAL WELFARE / GUIDE DOGS
The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) (Brisbane) and the Animal Welfare League (Gold Coast) will be coming to do a presentation to the students in order to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare all around the world.
Mid May
JUNE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD IN A CAGE
We all waste food, but the amount is harmful to the environment and can help those in need. During the month we will raise awareness of the damaging effects of food wastage and its link to poverty. We will have a cage on campus for the month where everyone is encouraged to donate a can.
All month
AUGUST JEANS FOR GENES
All students and staff are made to wear jeans for this, and by doing so raise awareness for raising awareness and money for children’s medical research.
4 August
DAFFODIL DAY
Students and staff are all encouraged to wear yellow on this day. Posters and awareness raising activities and collections on the reception desk.
25 August
BRIDGE TO BRISBANE
Like the Gold Coast Marathon, Brisbane staff will have their chance to run for charity, and will be supported by BROWNS
27 August
SEPTEMBER OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – PACK A SHOEBOX
High School Preparation (HSP) students go on a shopping spree to buy gifts for the children of families living in impecunity in third world countries.
All month
OCTOBER RECYCLING AWARENESS MONTH
Implement into lessons and raise awareness of environmental issues. Student who creates the best poster or art piece for the company to use will get a free excursion. This will be framed and put on display for the next year.
All month
WORLD TEACHERS DAY
Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society. World Teachers Day is held internationally on 5 October. On a display wall in the common area, there will be a display for students to write notes on what they love about their teacher. Teachers will get thank you certificates for specific areas.
5 October
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER CHRISTMAS CHARITIES
Students will be given an amount of money by BROWNS to purchase some presents for families in Australia that do not have the money to have an enjoyable Christmas.
Leading up to December

Activities

Beach Safety - Surf Life Saving QLDPeople often come to the Gold Coast because they love the water and the beach. Unfortunately, every year people drown in Australia because the sea, although enticing, is dangerous because of the waves, currents and jellyfish. Understanding the importance of going in the water between the flags can mean you can enjoy the water safely […]


red-cross-cover  On Tuesday 25th October 2016, BROWNS was proud to host The Australian Red Cross Blood Services representative Rachel Brough. She is the Community Relations Officer for the organisation and gave a very clear and important speech to a group of students from various English levels. She discussed the number of people who need blood versus […]


kiteKITE DAY September we recognise RedKite through our Elevate program. RedKite an Australian charity providing essential support to children and young people with cancer, as well as the family and support network who care for them. Redkite provides physical, emotional, and financial help for those affected in order to give them the best quality of life […]


Bridge to BrisbaneLast weekend, our ultra-fit Brisbane staff participated in the “Bridge to Brisbane” marathon. All of the us completed the 5km run with money raised for Children’s charity; part of our monthly contribution to our BROWNS Elevate program. See more photos on our BROWNS Facebook Page:


Daffodil 1Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s best known and most popular fundraising events. BROWNS has donated $2 for every staff member and student who wore anything yellow on 25 August (Gold Coast) and 26 August (Brisbane). This money will go to the Cancer Council and help with cancer research and ultimately beat cancer. Our lessons […]


animal-welfare-jul-2016Last July was Animal Welfare month for our CSR. In Brisbane, we had presentations from the RSPCA (Australian peak organisation established to promote animal welfare), and last week, we invited two presenters and Mr Clooney and Lucy (the dogs) to come and perform in front of our Gold Coast students. The staff from AWLQ (Animal […]