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Middle School Students Shine in Service Learning

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Middle School student sharing about her Service Learning experience

Four Middle School students each shared inspirational presentations with their peers during Wednesday morning’s Middle School Service Assembly. These students led by example as they shared the ways they’ve been serving the community. From soccer and karate to childcare and community engagement, there are so many opportunities to give back and make a difference at GNS and beyond.

Mrs. Smook, Service Coordinator for Grades 6 to 12, said that she has been poring over the many service entries submitted by students, documenting hundreds of activities ranging from aiding teachers and supporting fellow students to participating in programs both within our school community and with various organizations across Greater Victoria. 

The Middle School alone has already connected with an impressive 41 external organizations this year, demonstrating an increase in outreach compared to the previous school year.

Last year, GNS students engaged with 62 urban NGOs over the entire school year. This reflects sustained commitment and growing eagerness to make a positive impact right from the beginning of the academic calendar. As students move through the school, service learning helps them become aware of their strengths, teaches them to collaborate and persevere and encourages them to find or create projects that allow them to put their classroom learning into action.

The student speakers represented a broad spectrum of endeavours. Notably, some students have integrated service into their existing interests. Akaius ’28 obtained his black belt when he was just 10 years old, and now has the opportunity to teach students himself as part of his efforts in service.

“My favourite part of teaching Taekwondo is being able to connect with the students and watch them progress over time,” he shared. “The feeling of watching someone succeed at something you taught them feels very rewarding.” 

In an opportunity to volunteer with younger children, Amy ’29, was able to help children practice and learn skating. “This activity was one of the highlights of the year as I got the amazing opportunity to work with and interact with young children.” 

As we delve into these stories, the overarching theme is clear–service learning is not just about meeting a requirement; it’s about creating personal connections and finding joy in making a positive impact on the world around us.

The GNS community is dedicated to fostering a culture of service that extends beyond the school walls, leaving a lasting and positive imprint on the broader community. To find out how you can give back, reach out to Mrs. Smook at