One of the most powerful leadership experiences our students enjoy is through service. Students find many rewarding opportunities to explore their potential by helping others on both local and international levels.
The benefits of donating service are mutually reciprocal. Students assist those in need while cultivating skills and a compassion for others—inspiring what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to giving.
At BCS we want every student to discover more about themselves through new and unconventional challenges. BCS endeavours to offer students opportunities to realize their potential through some of the following organizations and experiences.
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Each year, a small group of students in Form VII are elected Prefects. They help run the school by contributing ideas, organizing activities and helping out in many different ways.
House Captains and Heads of House
Every year, students who have demonstrated leadership within their residence may be asked to represent the house as a House Captain or Head of House. These student leaders act as role models, providing guidance for their fellow housemates and assisting the houseparent with a variety of daily chores, including “clear out” in the morning, attendance at chapel, and check-ins. Their main role however is to organize outings and activities and encourage house spirit.
From welcoming families during campus visits to helping out at our Open Houses, this team of students is often the first point of contact for our community. As such, students who volunteer to take on the role of Ambassador are trained by our Admissions team to lead tours and answer questions about subjects with which they may not always be familiar. Not only does this allow prospective students and parents to learn about life at BCS from a student perspective, but the Ambassadors themselves learn to present themselves with confidence and creativity as they give their campus tour a personal flair.
We come together three days a week for a morning assembly called chapel. Chapel Wardens help prepare the space for the other students by putting up the hymn numbers, setting up equipment, and directing students to their seats while ensuring they remain quiet.
Established in 1861, the Bishop’s College School No. 2 Cadet Corps is the oldest continually operational cadet corps in Canada. Our program focuses on leadership, teamwork, skills development, self-discipline, and emergency first aid. The highlight of the cadet program is the ceremonial Cadet Parade and Inspection that takes place every spring. All students participate in the cadet program throughout their time at BCS.
BCS believes in fostering international understanding, and is one of more than 160 members belonging to Round Square–a worldwide association of schools working to promote dedication to service, internationalism, democracy, environmental conservation, and adventure.
Through Round Square, students can go on exchanges, volunteer for projects in developing countries, attend international conferences, and participate in activities at school and in the local community.
Students in Form IV and higher can participate in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, which operates in more than 100 countries. By being involved in a wide range of activities and volunteer opportunities, students accumulate hours toward a Gold, Silver, or Bronze level award.
Duke of Ed, as the program is known at BCS, helps develop character, discipline, teamwork, confidence, and responsibility. The awards are recognized by universities and employers. To learn more visit dofe.org.
The Ondaatje Endeavour
A small group of students join our annual Ondaatje Endeavour, a world-class expedition that tests stamina and courage. The goal of this endeavour is to challenge students to do things that they would not otherwise do, so that they discover that their potential is, indeed, greater than they would have otherwise thought. In recent years, groups have gone horseback riding in the Andes, hiking in Morocco, scuba diving in Belize, and cycling in Peru.
Established and funded by Bart MacDougall, BCS’54, in 2005, our Outward Bound Canada Award is a 21-day Outward Bound Canada course awarded to a student in Form V who most exemplifies “self-reliance, care and respect for others, service to the community, and concern for the environment.”
A small group of students and staff travel to Gandiaye, Senegal during the March break to provide service to the local community. Previous projects have included building a basketball court and bleachers, and revamping a reading room in the local elementary school.
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