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.
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.
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:
- 2017-2018 Kenya
- 2016-2017 Ecuador
- 2015-2016 Tanzania
- 2014-2015 Ecuador
- 2013-2014 Ghana
- 2012-2013 India & Ecuador
- 2011-2012 Kenya
- 2010-2011 Ecuador
About the 2019 Service Trip
Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador: After a day spent touring the old city of Quito students will travel to Mondaña in Ecuador. For the next two weeks the group will assist in building a school. Other activities include learning about the art of growing and making cacao, harvesting palm beetle larvae, farming plantain, fetching water from the Napo River and cooking traditional food on an open fire. A visit with a local shaman gives the students the opportunity to learn about the healing powers of plants. Students spend 25 hours developing leadership, communication and team-building skills while learning about social issues on a local and global level.
Active Citizenship Opportunities:
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