Service Learning

Service Learning at Hugh Boyd:

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program promotes student involvement in the community through service.  Students learn the importance of action and its impact on local, national, and global communities in the classroom, and will expand their experience of community through personal service.  In doing so, students are encouraged to be caring, concerned, responsible citizens of their local community and the world at large. We encourage students to consider their own interests to determine what type of service best suits them as they complete their service hours in the local environment, and consider what they can do to contribute to the global community.  Service as action can occur in the classroom and/or in school or local settings.

Why Service Learning?

  • The power of one.  Each one of us can help to make the world a better place.

  • Personal responsibility.  Each one of us has a responsibility to the local and global community.

  • Caring.  Through service to the community, we can help build more caring human beings.

  • Exposure to new fields and skills.  Through community service, students can learn about future career possibilities and learn new skills, such as working as a team, being a leader, organizing one’s time, and setting goals.

  • Connect learning in the classroom to meaningful action to make changes outside the classroom.


Community & Service is not…

  • Family chores

  • Anything you get paid for

  • Attendance or participation at meetings, clubs or teams


Students are provided opportunities to be involved in service at the school level, and are encouraged to listen to school announcements for service opportunities.  Students are also able to participate in service outside of the school. Students are required to complete a total of 10 hours in each year of the programme, for a total of 30 hours.  Students are responsible for tracking their hours and submitting their hours online. They can do so here:

Students are also required to complete reflection on their service, and will be given class time to complete this in the spring.

Opportunities provided at Boyd Include:

  • Scorekeeping and refereeing sports games-see Mr. Berda

  • Interact Club-see Mr. Park

  • Student Council-see Ms. Scott

  • After school tutoring-see Mrs. Babecoff-Kimhi

  • Green Thumbers-see Ms. Tong

  • Unity Club-see Ms. Scott

  • Library Monitors-see Ms. Moor, Ms. Leung, and Ms. Santos-Cox

  • And many more!


Outside the school:

  • Elementary schools

  • West Richmond Community Centre

  • See Bulletin Board outside the Library Learning Commons for updated opportunities