At St. Michael’s College, service is considered to be an important element for spiritual development in a student's life.
At St. Michael’s College School we encourage our students to seek opportunities to answer the call to discipleship. As part of this, we expect our young men to engage in service initiatives both in our school and their home community. Students at SMCS are expected to fulfill 40 hours of community service by the end of their grade 10 year. This requirement is not associated with the grade 11 Service Day or the 20-hour Christian Service Project in grade 12.
While 40 hours equates to approximately half hour per school week over the course of two years, experience has shown that our students lead busy lives between academic and extracurricular commitments. As such, we strongly encourage students to fulfill their 40-hour community service requirement the summer before entering grade 9.
In addition to fulfilling a Ministry of Education requirement for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), we strongly believe that community involvement encourages St. Michael’s men to appreciate the goodness inherent in Christ’s call to discipleship for all. We hope to inspire them to have the discipline to make this a priority, and we pray that they are granted the knowledge that as Christ is the vine and we are the branches, we are one body, created to live in community.
Please know, students may officially begin working toward this goal immediately after grade 8 graduation. Be sure to consult the following link for forms and a list of eligible and ineligible activities before engaging in a service activity for this purpose: Click here. For any inquiries related to Community Service, please see our coordinator Dr. Fantilli or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Grade 11, students will sign-up to engage in a service activity day at one of a variety of predetermined locations. In Grade 12, students must complete 20 hours of Christian Service. These activities are independent of the community service requirement mandated by the Ministry of Education for the OSSD. Specifically, the Christian Service Project challenges students to incorporate the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy such as feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, instructing the ignorant, and visiting the sick. Students make a conscientious effort to help the less fortunate and contribute to the betterment of society at large.