Community & Service
“The goal of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate citizenry comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their books.”
The realization that we are part of a larger community is an essential aspect of education. One way to achieve this is for students to be involved in the larger community in some way through community and service, whether at the local, national, or global level. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school with membership in the Round Square, our teachers and staff strive to broaden our students’ world views, both inside and outside of the classroom, to impart to each student that we all have a role to play in the maintenance and growth of our communities.
By the end of Grade 12, our grad Class of 2017 had performed 2063 hours of service!
In the educational process, it is natural that most endeavours are intended to benefit the student. However, it is also valuable for students to take part in Community and Service, in which they are the source of the effort, not the recipient. Glenlyon Norfolk School continuously challenges our students to use the skills and awareness of public issues they have gained in the classroom to help their communities and to then reflect upon their experience and consider how they can make a difference. To meet this challenge, all Middle and Senior School students are required to participate in community service at the local, national or global level. Completed hours are recorded by a designated service coordinator and appear on each student’s report card.
- Service in the Junior School
- Service in the Middle School
- Service in the Senior School
- Service and the IB Diploma
Though service is not a requirement at the Junior School level, the IB PYP curriculum promotes internationalism and accordingly introduces our youngest students to the concepts of global responsibility. The desire to help others is so strong at the Junior School level, the Student Voice Club was born and for many years has empowered our students to help out however they can, as much as they can, whenever they can, and has engendered in them a deep sense of caring for our global community.
Starting in Grade 6, students complete the same number of volunteer hours as their grade level—6 hours for Grade 6; 7 hours for Grade 7, and 8 hours for Grade 8. At the Grade 6 level, the school organizes 4 hours of classroom-based service activities and 2 hours are independently organized by the student. In both of Grade 7 and 8, students are encouraged to organize their own activities, but school-based opportunities are still possible.
As in the Middle School, we require Grade 9 students to complete 9 hours, Grade 10 students to complete 10 hours, Grade 11 students to complete 11 hours, and Grade 12 students to complete 12 hours of service. A minimum of five hours each year should be performed outside the school community, so that students learn what it truly means to be involved in the larger community. It is the responsibility of the student to identify opportunities for activities to complete these requirements, as the initiative involved in approaching and committing to a worthwhile cause is a significant part of the nature of service.
To demonstrate satisfactory progress in meeting our service requirements, students must adhere to the following deadlines:
- November 8, 2016 (Tuesday) — Minimum of one (1) hour completed
- February 17, 2017 (Friday) — Minimum of 50% of required hours completed
- June 2, 2017 (Friday) — All required hours completed
**To earn their MYP certificates, Grade 10 students must have their hours completed by April 1, including any incomplete hours from previous years.
Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma candidates are required to participate in service activities to satisfy the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) requirements of the Diploma Programme. As a member school of the Round Square, GNS also offers the opportunity for our students to participate in international service projects. These projects, which generally occur in developing countries, allow students to work with students from around the world in constructing buildings and water systems for communities in need.