Senior School Leadership: Global Responsibility

Through experience and reflection, students become active participants in the world and in developing their own personal character. Global responsibility includes schoolwide projects, service trips, class activities, special guest speakers and student-led events.

There are many extracurricular activities that focus on global responsibility and tie in to sustainability, service and principles of leadership streams.

Clubs and Events

Student Commonwealth Conferences

Each year, six SMUS students are selected to represent our school at the Vancouver Island Commonwealth Conference. These students research their assigned country, work on draft resolutions and prepare to present to a small group of their peers. Students selected are interested in world issues, have leadership potential and are interested in learning the skills of consensus-building.

Vancouver Model UN

Vancouver Model UN is one of the largest high school-run Model UN conferences in North America. Students participate in six committees, four specialized and two general assemblies, and contribute to interesting and thought-provoking debates. Through recreating this complex political environment, students gain a deeper understanding of the role and operation of the United Nations in a very experiential way.

Amnesty International Club

Amnesty International works to raise awareness about international human rights violations and injustice. Students learn about the political machinations that inhibit free speech and activism as well as the political environments that create oppression, discrimination and other crimes against human welfare.


Modern Studies 9 (an elective)

This course provides the knowledge and develops the skills necessary to understand contemporary society and critically analyze current social and political issues, both nationally and internationally. Through a variety of methods including simulations, debate and individual presentations, students take an active interest in the world around them.

Global Politics 10 (an elective)

An introduction to international relations, Global Politics 10 challenges students to think critically about current global issues. From how foreign policy is made, to modes of cooperation to warfare, students explore economic globalization, social injustice and environmental concerns.

AP Human Geography (an elective in Grades 11 and 12)

AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to investigate and evaluate human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use.

AP Comparative Government and Politics (an elective in Grades 11 and 12)

This course increases students’ understanding of the political traditions, values and structures of governing systems. By comparing liberal democracies (Canada, Great Britain, France), the former and current communist states (Russia and China) and developing nations, students gain a greater understanding of global politics.