Active Citizenship

Albert College promotes Active Citizenship by embracing the core values of participation and a caring community. A number of leadership and community service opportunities exist for students to become actively involved in the civic life of the school and the community. Students are recognized and encouraged for their participation volunteering. As a result, most students accumulate more than twice the required 40 hours of community service before graduation. 

EPLC and Junior School

The Junior School and EPLC promote Active Citizenship by embracing the core values of participation and a caring community. A number of leadership and community service opportunities exist for students to become actively involved in the civic life of the school and the local community. Senior level students at the Junior School (Grades 5 and 6) are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and will work closely with faculty and staff to plan special events within the Junior School such as our Camp Day and Black and Orange Day in October. They are also selected to be ambassadors of the school during open houses and other special events.

A buddy system encourages older students to connect with younger students on a frequent basis through 1:1 interaction. Reading, low organizational games and crafts are a few of the ways that our older students mentor their young friends.  Starting in Pre-Kindergarten and Grade 4, these buddies continue over the next few years resulting in a strong connection by the end of Senior Kindergarten and Grade 6.  

Each year, different classes will assume a community based project to connect with the world outside of Albert College. These initiatives are student driven and usually stem from something they are learning about in the curriculum or that is transpiring in the media. The message that it only takes one person, no matter how old, to make a difference is promoted and reinforced with such events.  Some classroom initiatives have included: a bake sale to support Buy A Net, a shoe shine to support Day Star Native Outreach, Coats for Kids, and candy grams to support the Quinte Humane Society.   

Middle School

Students may choose from a variety of Active Citizenship activities to be involved in at Albert College, locally, nationally and internationally. Albert College supports national and international agencies which require funding. Fundraising is led by various student initiatives. Participating in the life of the school is also offered for students who prefer to volunteer in a more familiar setting. Volunteer opportunities include: peer tutoring, after-school care, Resource Centre Monitors and helping at various school events as an Albert College Ambassador.

Senior School

Our vision at Albert College is to develop courageous global citizens. Encouraging students to be involved and participate in a variety of Active Citizenship initiatives provides experience volunteering for a variety of local, national and international causes. Students are recognized and encouraged for their participation in many community service initiatives. With so many ways to get involved, students are reaching a remarkable number of volunteer hours before they graduate. We have recently recognized several students who have accumulated over 300 hours of community service. Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in the international Active Citizenship Trip during March break. Below is a list of recent trips:

Past Global Community Service Trips:

  • 2016-2017 Ecuador
  • 2015-2016 Tanzania
  • 2014-2015 Ecuador
  • 2013-2014 Ghana
  • 2012-2013 India & Ecuador
  • 2011-2012 Kenya
  • 2010-2011 Ecuador

Albert College Returns to Amazon Jungle in Ecuador in 2017

Imagine being immersed in a new culture and gaining tools to empower you to make a difference in your world. Albert College, in partnership with Me to We, allow students the unique opportunity to truly interact and engage with their peers in making a real and lasting effect by volunteering in a rural community in the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador. Students will get a chance to break out of their comfort zones, experience a completely new culture, and learn about themselves. The trip highlights include: sightseeing in Quito, jungle hikes, visiting a local cacao farm, spending time with a women’s group, school building, and experiencing a Shaman visit. Students will have the chance to volunteer, to learn the Quechua language and help build a school or clean water project for children in need. Participation costs include round-trip airfare, all travel, travel medical insurance, meals, accommodation, a dedicated staff of cooks, guides and guards, curriculum materials and leadership training, and facilitation and co-ordination by qualified staff with on-site health services. The trip capacity is 18. The approximate date of the trip is March 11 – 22, 2017.

 

Active Citizenship Opportunities: 

Month Events
September/October
  • Terry Fox Run (Junior, Middle and Senior School)
  • Toonies for Terry (Junior School)
October
  • We Day (Middle and Senior School)
  • Gleaner's Food Drive (Junior, Middle and Senior School)
  • We Scare Hunger (Junior School Grades 4 - 6, organized by Middle School)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Senior School)
November
  • Adopt-A-Child (Middle and Senior School advisor Challenge)
  • Mitten Tree (Middle School) 
  • Habitat for Humanity (Senior School)
December
  • Candlelight Services, Gleaner’s Food Bank (Junior, Middle and Senior School)
  • Toy Drive (Junior School)
January
  • Casual for a Cause, Alzheimer Society (Middle and Senior School)
  • Sleep Out...So Others Can Sleep In, Canadian Mental Health Association (Senior School)
January/February
  • Five-week mentorship program with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Senior School)
March
  • Community Service Trip, Free the Children and Me To We (Middle and Senior School)
  • Jump Rope for Heart (Junior School)
April
  • 30 Hour Famine, World Vision (Middle and Senior School)
  • Trash Bash (Junior School)
  • Earth Day Activities (Junior, Middle and Senior School)
May
  • Grad Class Car Wash, United Way (Senior School)

Other organizations we have supported include:

  • Quinte Humane Society
  • Inn From the Cold
  • Operation Eye Sight
  • Emergency Relief (often through Red Cross): Haiti Earthquake, Indonesia Tsunami, Nepal Earthquake
  • Rotary and Kiwanis events (Rotary's Trump Aids Walk and the Kiwanis Annual Chicken BBQ
  • World Wildlife Federation by fundraising and climbing the stairs at the CN Tower (Middle School)
  • Special Olympics and Torch Runs 

Albert College's Active Citizenship trip to Tanzania in March 2016. Created by Kaitlin, Grade 11 student and Tanzania participant.