Service Learning is an integral part of a SMA education. It begins by identifying needs in the community, church or school, actively responding to these needs, and reflecting on the experience. Service Learning does not receive any monetary rewards or remuneration.
All students participate in the program, completing a minimum of 10 hours each year. The Service Learning year starts July 1, so students are encouraged to start their experience in the summer and to exceed the minimum time commitment.
Families are welcome to participate in Service Learning opportunities with their daughters.
Service Learning at each grade level
Students are asked to focus on these areas of the community for their Service Learning experience.
Grades 7 and 8: Service within the community, Church or to people with specific needs.
Grade 9: Service within the community, Church or to people with specific needs.
Grade 10: Service within the Church or Faith Community.
Grade 11: Service to people with specific needs (physical, mental, emotional, social or economical).
Grade 12: Service within the community, Church, or to people with specific needs.
Suggestions for Service Learning
- Teaching catechism/Sunday School
- Bake sales
- Running a youth group
- Think Fast
- Helping CWL or K of C
- Maintenance duties
School community (Grades 7 and 8 only)
- Score keeping
- Alumnae Tea
- International Day
- A Monthly Service (AMS)
- Helping at a former school
- Solidarity in Service Day
- Angels On The Bridge
- Community centers
- Senior Residence*
- Assisted Living Homes*
- Winnipeg Harvest*
- Food Kitchens *
- Immaculate Conception Drop-In*
- Teaching dance lessons
- Coaching sports
- Solidarity in Service day
- Angels On The Bridge
*Suitable for Grade 11 Service Learning, which focuses on serving people with a special need.
Not included as Service Learning
- Church Ministries
- Altar Serving
- Singing in Choir
- Youth Group Member
- Attending Catechism lessons or Sunday school
- School club duties
- Harvest Thursday
- Anything where you miss class
- Babysitting your siblings
- Any paid work
Service Learning Fair
All students in grades 7 through 12 attend the Service Learning Fair. Local organizations will be at SMA to educate students about the mission of their organization and to discuss service opportunities. For the 2017/18 school year, the Fair takes place on Thursday, October 19, 2017.