The Service Program is a positive challenge for both your son and your family. It is not easy, and it is rewarding. We hope your son enjoys achieving his service hours as he moves beyond his comfort zone and gains a sense of real achievement and self-confidence. He is asked to design his own program, tailored to suit his personal circumstances. The Service Program is non-competitive, achievable and aimed to inspire personal and social development. Over the past 20 years there has been a significant amount of research on the impact of service on students learning and growth. It has been shown to have a positive impact on personal, interpersonal and community development:
- Improve student academic engagement and success through improving the connection of the classroom experience with life in the community.
- Develop amongst staff, students and families the concepts of leadership, which promotes and models a commitment to justice and to education for justice and peace.
- Form staff, students and families to have a desire and skills to positively change and transform our world.
- Improve social and emotional outcomes such as resilience, managing conflict, respecting diversity and character development.
- Improve the development of the spiritual life of the students.
- Experience success no matter what a student’s ability level.
- Develop as leaders who take initiative, solve problems, work as a team, and demonstrate their abilities while and through helping others.
- Improve the school culture.