Student Life

Service Learning

Building a better world
Service learning is a powerful, often life-changing experience.
BSS students have many opportunities to give back to their communities. They find a purpose larger than themselves, gain perspective and help make the world a better place.

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  • Speaking for Justice

    The Community Voices program enables students to engage in civic life, launch initiatives to address pressing social issues, and advocate for change, both within and beyond the School. For example, a BSS student concerned about gender inequality created FeMILY, an organization that addresses intersectional gender inequality in different cultures by showcasing individual stories through art. FeMILY now has a presence at other independent girls’ schools.

Service Learning opportunities

  • Peer-to-peer tutoring for elementary school students in areas such as math, coding and reading
  • Stocking and packaging food at foods banks
  • Making jars of nutritious soup for senior citizens and distributing them through Meals on Wheels, complete with handwritten notes
  • Special events such as Trick or Eat (a Halloween food drive), Run for the Cure, and Holiday Love (a drive to collect food, clothing, and other basic necessities for low-income and newcomer families).
    • Creating an inclusive community for LGBTQ+ students during Pride Week

    • Giving gifts of basic necessities to families in need for Holiday Love

    • Raising much-needed funds for local community organizations on Theme Days

    • Learning about and advocating for accessibility in our neighbourhood with CNIB

    • Building connections between Grade 1 and Grade 7 students in the Middle School Community Engagement Program

    • Sorting donations for local food banks for the annual Trick or Eat Food Drive