Leadership and Service

Students celebrate at the end of a conference

Grade 8 students plan an annual leadership conference and invite students from other schools to participate

Middle School is when adolescents develop a sense of who they are and their place in the world. Alongside this, it's an important time to foster empathy and learn where they can make things better and help people who are less fortunate than themselves.

Leadership

Through service activities, students learn about the importance of giving back and making a difference

Being a leader and taking responsibility are vital life skills that are actively taught from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. We give students challenging opportunities to hone their leadership skills, such as teamwork, communication, encouragement and decision-making.

Some examples of leadership activities include:

  • Planning the annual Grade 8 Leadership Conference
  • Participating in WE Day and the CAIS Leadership Conference
  • Volunteering as a student ambassador to help welcome new SMUS students and families

The Middle School leadership program culminates in the chance to become a WEB leader. WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs. WEB leaders are positive role models in the school who help guide the new Middle School students to success.

Service

Service is one of the pillars of SMUS and a desire to help others is an important part of being a SMUS student. Students work to make a difference in our community to benefit local, national and international charities, and gain an understanding that giving back is an important part of life. There are service opportunities throughout the school year, including food drives, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.

Examples of service activities:

  • The We Scare Hunger food drive at Halloween and Christmas hamper collection to support local families in need
  • Supporting environmental initiatives (invasive species removal and ocean clean-ups) and community programs (volunteering at food banks or seniors’ homes) as part of grade-wide service days

Chapel

SMUS is a non-denominational school that welcomes all faiths and beliefs. The school has a chapel where students come together in a weekly gathering to reflect, listen and learn from other cultures, and build community.

The experience of Grade 6 to 8 students drives Middle School chapel and themes and messages reinforce the Pillars and other character education initiatives within the school. Chapel is highly participatory so that students don't just learn in theory but have opportunities to reflect on what good habits and practices might be in action.