Service Learning and Action

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. 

Service Learning & Action.pdf(link is external)

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 through teams. To do so, students can log onto MS TEAMS onto their grade specific MYP Team. From there, students can download the Service&Reflection2021.docx(link is external)

Once filled and completed, students can submit via MS TEAMS by May 19, 2022. If you have problems or questions, you can email it to is external) or give a paper copy to Mrs. Korber in 212.  

Opportunities provided at Boyd Include: 

  • Scorekeeping and refereeing sports games - see Mr. Dengler
  • Interact Club - see Mr. Aura 
  • Student Council - see Mr. Mamonluk 
  • Vita Mental Health Club - 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