Service and Leadership opportunities

Part of our mandate as educators is to offer as many opportunities and experiences as possible. One of the most powerful experiences our students have is through service. At St. Andrew’s we believe in building a strong sense of community through actions demonstrating social responsibility and service. A variety of rewarding opportunities exist for students and staff to help others on a local, national, and international level. The benefits of this involvement are mutual: students assist those in need while gaining knowledge and compassion about the circumstances of others, immediately within our own school community, outside our school community and across the globe, reinforcing what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to service.

At St. Andrew’s, three student groups spear head most of the school wide service projects. VOICE, a student leadership group focused on social responsibility, coordinates fund raising activities and peer awareness of the issues and challenges facing those disadvantaged both locally and internationally. The Student Council organizes on-campus events and fundraisers and the Green Team (Environmental Action Team) tackles ecological and environmental challenges.

Check out the Green Team website and learn all about the initiatives these students are involved in. 

Local

Working with a number of local organizations, students are encouraged to be involved and engaged in the greater Victoria community. Local charities that have benefitted from the work of St. Andrew’s students include Anawin House, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Open Door Society, Kiwanis House, and StreetHope. Funds raised through donation in kind or monetary include nonperishable food items, toiletries, hats, toques and gloves, and Christmas gifts. Students have also donated their time to help shelve food, prepare Christmas hampers, and assist at local soup kitchens.

For example, students contribute to shoebox hampers for donation to StreetHope Ministries. A shoebox hamper is just that -- a small food hamper in a shoebox, thoughtfully prepared for needy youth in downtown Victoria. The emphasis is on food for hungry teens to help them think better, stay healthy and make good choices for themselves. Boxes are distributed through Streethope’s street ministry, providing a helpful way for people to individually express their concern for the youth.

Provincial / National

Students and staff members participate in a number of provincial and national fundraisers on an annual basis. It is our hope that students will remain involved with these organizations and continue to participate in other service organizations after graduation.

Each year students fund raise over $3000 for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation by showing their support and participating in Hoops for Heart. Participation in the Times Colonist 10k, the Cops for Cancer Ride, and the Run For the Cure at the University of Victoria are options available to students and staff. Our students and staff also participate in the annual Jeans Day for BC Children’s Hospital.

International

St. Andrew’s students are pleased to assist others in developing countries overseas or in support of disasters as a result of natural events. In 2010, in collaboration with Development and Peace, funds were raised to support Haiti Relief projects. Every dollar that we raised was matched by the Canadian Government. In addition schools and child care organizations in Antigua, the Philippines (Gawad Kalinga) and Mexico have benefited from funds raised by St. Andrew’s students. The funds are used for the purchase of building supplies and educational resources.

In order to extend our involvement and become a part of the change the world needs to see, St. Andrew's has joined into a partnership with 'Free the Children'. This organization has done amazing work in Kenya, India and around the world.  St. Andrew's students have set a goal to raise $5000 to provide a well to a community in Kenya in June of 2012.  Through the leadership efforts of our Student Council and  VOICE groups, we are reaching out to make a difference.

WE SCHOOL DANCE- Watch our students share their enthusiasm as they join together to make a difference.

 

The St. Andrew’s student body, under the direction of our Student Council, also sponsors a foster child, Dagum, through Compassion Canada. Through the funds raised on civvies days, Dagum receives Christian teaching, learning opportunities, nutritious meals, access to medical care, life skills and vocational training through a local church. The school receives bi-yearly letters from Dagum describing his day to day life experiences and thanking the students for their support.

Testimonials
This is how I explain what religion at this school teaches me. Sure I learn the history and analyze the Bible, but I also have been forming a set of morals and values that will go with me for the rest of my life. They are the foundation of who I am.
Breanna Student
I am very excited to be able to link my Olympic journey, full of trials and tribulations, back to a very important time and place in my life: St. Andrew's Regional High School.
Dave Calder Alumnus
I feel truly blessed to have had the privilege of attending St. Andrew’s Regional High School. St. Andrew’s has given me the opportunity to grow spiritually, academically, artistically, and athletically.
Nick Student