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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  • A group of students involved in the FeMILY organization pose together for a photo

    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).
    • Two students wearing rainbow-coloured clothes embrace with big smiles on their faces

      Creating an inclusive community for LGBTQ+ students during Pride Week

    • Two students wearing toques and winter jacketshold a large cardboard box labelled

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

    • A group of students sells baked goods in the front entrance of the school to raise funds

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

    • Students pose for a photo with blind community members and their service dogs

      Learning about and advocating for accessibility in our neighbourhood with CNIB

    • Older students sit on the floor and work on crafts with younger students

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

    • A student sorts through non-perishable food items that have been donated during a food drive

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