Service Learning

Introduction

St. George’s includes as part of its mission statement that our community accepts responsibility for the betterment of society. Through Service Learning initiatives, students will foster an understanding of global issues and contribute positively in the broader community.

Our aim is to inspire students to make a lifelong commitment to charitable involvement and to recognize the importance of doing so, particularly from our position of privilege. The equitable emphasis on service and charity demonstrates that the giving of both time and money are both relevant in working towards a socially just world.

Taking part in Service Learning initiatives allows students to:
  • develop leadership skills
  • gain personal satisfaction from helping their community
  • establish positive contacts
  • gain work experience
  • meet new people
  • support causes they truly believe in


Service Award Program

St. George’s Community Service Program consists of five levels and focuses on three major areas: 
  • RESEARCH – The research element allows students to think critically about the role of volunteers in the school and community and to think about volunteer roles that would be suited to their needs and interests.
  • ACTION – The action component is where students complete an assigned number of volunteer hours, both in the school and in the community. A record of service must be filled out by the student.
  • REFLECTION – Completion of a post-volunteer reflection allows students to think deeply about the impact of the service activity on themselves and the organization they worked at.
Students are awarded ties or pins after the completion of each level. Levels are defined as follows:
LevelEligible GradesVolunteer Hours Required
1 8-12 20 hours (maximum of 15 completed in the school)
2 9-12 40 hours (maximum of 20 completed in the school)
3 10-12 60 hours (maximum of 25 completed in the school)
4 11-12 80 hours (maximum of 30 completed in the school)
5 12 only 100 hours (maximum of 35 completed in the school) including participation that demonstrates a long-term commitment to a single organization.

Students are required to self record their volunteer hours in Record of Community Service Booklets. These booklets can be found in the download section. Please note that students must complete each level prior to beginning the following level. Students can complete more than one level in a school year.

List of 3 news stories.

  • Abilities in Motion

    On Thursday, March 10th, Grade 12 Service Learning leaders presented the Abilities in Motion (AIM) Program to the students in Grades 1 through 3. The AIM program is a part of the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. The goal of AIM is to raise student awareness about the importance of accessibility and inclusion and the potential of people with disabilities.

    The primary students were first given an introductory lesson by the Grade 12 students and then were split up into wings to participate in a series of four stations that helped simulate the challenges faced by people with visual impairment, hearing impairment, and physical disabilities. Finally, the students met back in their classrooms to debrief that activities and to think about how their views might have changed over the course of the morning.

    The AIM program endevours to:
    • Raise awareness and increase understanding of physical, visual and hearing disabilities;
    • Help students identify and understand how to resolve accessibility challenges for people with disabilities;
    • Support a culture of inclusion, where all students accept differences and are best positioned to succeed;
    • Increase understanding of the potential of people with physical disabilities;
    • Provide opportunities to develop communication, teamwork, mentoring skills, creative thinking skills and foster an understanding of social responsibility.
    This event was a great opportunity to see our senior and junior students working together to meet a common outcome.

    Thank you to all of those involved in this event: Kenneth Huang, Andrew Tsai and the Grade 12 captain; Mr. Sturgeon, Mr. Devenish, and the primary teachers; Ms. Boucher and Ms. Cochran; and all of the primary boys for their enthusiastic engagement!
  • Local Service Week Wrap-up

    During Spring Break, a group of St. George’s senior boys were involved in a number of local service opportunities at locations such as the YWCA child care centres, a beach clean-up, the Environmental Youth Alliance community garden, Working Gear, and Quest Food Exchange.

    Grade 11 student Nicolas Wicaksono participated in the trip to Quest Food Exchange and wrote the following reflection of the day:

    Inspired by the prospect of sustainably and dignifiedly solving hunger, several Senior School boys gave a couple of hours of their Spring Break to help Quest Food Exchange carry out their cause. The organization receives donations of daily necessities, such as food and toiletries, and resells them to the less fortunate for a significantly discounted price. With all the donations it receives, Quest needs more than just the 30 employees it has to sort out all the items, so it heavily relies on the dedication of volunteers such as the St. George's boys to carry out their operations. The boys enthusiastically helped sort out several hundred bags of bread, repackaged dozens of boxes, and stored carts of packaged food. At the end, not only did the boys learn the devastating effect of hunger on people, they also garnered a greater appreciation for the hard work of organizations like Quest. They look forward to helping out again next year, this time bringing more friends with them!
  • Literacy Week – A Human Rights Committee Initiative

    Students on the Human Rights Committee organized a Literacy Week Campaign from January 27-31 to help promote literacy and social justice in Canada and overseas. To read an article about this campaign written by Grade 12 student, Frank Zheng, follow the link below!
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 109 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George's School truly is Canada's World School for Boys.
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