Service Learning, Learning to Serve

 

Service-learning refers to learning that actively involves students in a wide range of experiences, which often benefit others and the community, while also advancing the goals of a given curriculum. Community-based service activities are paired with structured preparation and student reflection.

At Terra Nova our core guiding principles included understanding that we are obligagted to do good with our education and also that we all have a role to play in the world in which we live. Our curriculum at Terra Nova includes aspects of service learning. These are purposefully included to give meaning to the learning of our students.

To faciliate and enhance our community belief in doing good better, the school has a Service Committee that includes staff, pupils and parents. Any community member can choose to be an active member of this group.

Terra Nova believes that our community has a role to play in helping the United Nations achieve their Global goals. These goals are fequently referred to and play an important role in our PSCHEE programmes.

We believe that service can impact on the following outcomes.

Learning Outcomes
  • Positive impact on students’ academic learning
  • Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
  • Improved ability to understand complexity and ambiguity
Personal Outcomes
  • Greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
  • Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills
Social Outcomes
  • Reduced stereotypes and greater inter-cultural understanding
  • Improved social responsibility and citizenship skills
  • Greater involvement in community service after graduation
Career Outcomes
  • Connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities
  • Greater academic learning, leadership skill