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Service to others


The Flexible Studies Program values service to others and thus students are given the opportunity to develop positive character attributes and a sense of social responsibility through participating in organized service projects and volunteer work within the school and surrounding community every year. Here are 10 reasons why we value community service (adapted from UC SanDiego – https://students.ucsd.edu/student-life/involvement/community/reasons.html).

#10: It's good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.

Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate,

strengthen the immune system.

#9: It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.

You can develop your work ethic.

You can make connections to community members for future employment or references.

#7: It brings people together.

As a volunteer you can assist in:

Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.

Building camaraderie and teamwork.

#6: It promotes personal growth and self-esteem.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.

As a volunteer you can help:

Support community members (babysitting, helping elders, community projects).

Improve school tone & culture as well as other needed services (tutoring, tours, grounds clean up).

Support younger children in the school district (coaching, reading buddies, crafts).

Improve Environmental Sustainability (beach and park cleanups, tree planting, gardens).

#4: You learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:

Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self-worth.

Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.

Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources or programs (like sports teams you might be on or organizations like the BC Cancer Agency) that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1: You make a difference.

Every person counts!


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Some projects done by students in the past to contribute to Service Hours

 

  • Fundraising projects for school such as selling magazine subscriptions
  • Volunteering at the Recycle Depot on 4th Saturdays
  • Helping with the school Recycling
  • Neighbourhood Clean-ups
  • Back Pack, Food, Clothing etc. collections for Our Place, Blanchard Court etc.
  • G.O.R.P. Gary Oak Restoration Project Work
  • Glendale Gardens
  • Swan Lake
  • Care Packages for Children’s Ward at Hospital
  • W.I.T.S. anti-bullying and Cooperative Games program at Lake Hill Elementary
  • Reading Buddies Victoria Libraries
  • Easter Dinner for Youth Empowerment Center
  • Candy Cane Reindeer for Elementary Students
  • Broadmead Lodge Elderly visits
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up
  • Saanich Volunteer Program
  • Courtyard Garden
  • Cedar Hill Transition Activity
  • Elementary School Jamboree Refs and score keepers
  • Run for the Cure
  • Royal Victoria Marathon
  • Peer Tutoring Program
  • COPS for Cancer
  • Random Acts of Kindness Campaign

 

ASSESSMENT

 

Each year (unit) of this program consists of 1 credit (the grade 9 credit is formally added to grade 10 so that 4 credits may be eligible for the graduation program.  This program is also very valuable for Graduation Transition Planning.

 

In a perfect world, students will keep an ongoing account of their Service activities in the online Moodle Tracking System. At a minimum, if other tracking instruments are used (like paper ) the Moodle account should be updated in December and May.There will be no formal grade given until the end of the year.  Logs and reflections can always be accessed at any time through moodle. 

 

Log of hours

No/poor Reflection

Satisfactory Reflection

0-4

No grade

No grade

5-9

50

60

10-14

60

70

15-19

70

80

20-24

76

86

25-29

78

88

30-34

80

90

35-39

82

92

40-44

84

94

45-49

86

96

50+

90

100

 

   

*Students going above and beyond by achieving 50 hours or more will be eligible for a school service award at the end of the year. 

 

 

 

*Students must submit their Moodle Documentation to Heather Coey online by the end of the first week in May.

Click Here to check out the Duke of Edinburgh Site. Students may wish to take part in this optional internationally recognized program.