Service Learning

Service Learning at Hugh Boyd:

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program promotes student involvement in the community through service. Students learn the issues facing the world and the importance of action and its impact on local, national, and global communities in the classroom; this is service learning. Sometimes as part of the class, and sometimes on their own, students will then 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; this is service action. 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. It can be done through working in person, or, in light of COVID-19, creating awareness or engaging with others through letters, blogs and social media.

Why Service Learning and Action?

  • 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.  

To Record MYP Service Learning Hours…

Students are responsible for tracking their hours and submitting their hours online. To do so, students need to:

  1. Log into MS Teams. All students are provided access through the district.
  2. Look for YOUR grade specific Boyd-MYP Team (or Personal Project Group if grade 10)
  3. Open the assignment “Service Hours and Reflection”
  4. Save it to your computer, fill in your hours and answer the questions.
  5. Submit it back by May 20th, 2021 in Teams, as you would an assignment.
  6. If you have problems you can email it to or give a paper copy to Mrs. Korber in 212

If you have never set up Teams or used it, please see the guide attached at the bottom. Mrs. Korber can reset passwords for you if need be.

Opportunities provided at Boyd Include:

  • Scorekeeping and refereeing sports games-see Mr. Dengler
  • Interact Club-see Mr. Aura
  • Student Council-see Mr. Mamonluk
  • Green Thumbers-see Ms. Tong
  • Unity Club-see Ms. Scott
  • Library Monitors-see Ms. Moor or Ms. Leung
  • And many more!

Outside the school:

  • Elementary schools
  • West Richmond Community Centre
  • See Bulletin Board outside the Library Learning Commons for updated opportunities