The Community Service program at Pickering College is fundamental to the delivery of the Global Leadership program and to the development of responsible and engaged students. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are provided with opportunities to engage and learn with community members in meaningful ways, both within and beyond the classroom walls. Building connections between the curriculum and what is happening in the world at large is essential to the PC vision of a program that graduates courageous agents of ethical and positive change, true to Quaker values.
In the Junior School, community members and groups are invited into the classroom to inspire students to make connections between their interests, their passions and the learning they are doing in class. Students have the opportunity to participate in leadership roles in the school and focus on citizenship and social justice in the classroom.
In the Middle School, Community represents one of the four program pillars. This strand is deeply embedded into the curricular program through a focus on learning about global mindedness, citizenship and servant leadership and through a focus on helping students practice social action, advocacy and engagement in their project work. Students at this level, help plan and deliver a Community Service day in the Newmarket area.
In the Senior School, students continue to use real-world, community-based issues to frame their classroom learning but also engage in authentic local and global projects at each grade level. The Global Leadership Program is specifically designed to further students’ sense of community and service leadership skills, as they participate in projects aimed at identifying, investigating and advocating for issues of local or global significance. Finally, Senior School students are expected to engage in a sustained, meaningful and collaborative partnership with a local organization as one of the Global Leadership Program ten demonstrations of learning. Students are provided with a wide range of service opportunities and support in determining these opportunities. Each co-curricular term also offers at least one community outreach opportunity for students interested in participating in community service more regularly.