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:
|Level||Eligible Grades||Volunteer Hours Required|
||20 hours (maximum of 15 completed in the school)
||40 hours (maximum of 20 completed in the school)
||60 hours (maximum of 25 completed in the school)
||80 hours (maximum of 30 completed in the school)
||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.