Social Responsibility - What does it mean at Steveston-London?
Social Responsibility is a common term in our society, but what does it really mean for teenagers? It can be understood in terms of ethical conduct, good citizenship and sound character. It is based on personal values, ethical reasoning abilities, and habits required to participate responsibly in a democratic society. At Steveston-London, we want our students to grow as people - intellectually, emotionally, and socially - during their time at our school. Our goal is to model and teach the attributes of a socially responsible person and to expose students to a variety of opportunities to participate in or lead socially responsible activities. We expect all students to demonstrate care and respect in all they do - for themselves, for other people, for the school and for the community. We accept that most teenagers will not be working towards solving complex global issues; however, treating all others with respect (even those most different from us), not engaging in nor condoning any form of bullying, treating the school building and surrounding neighbourhood with respect, picking up our litter, recycling and reducing our energy and water consumption, and looking for opportunities to genuinely help others are realistic goals for all young people. Parents can help by modeling & discussing socially responsible behaviour at home (e.g. problem solving strategies; discussing respect and diversity in our community; recycling and reducing energy consumption at home; voting, volunteering, etc.). Similarly, it is important to know what your teens are doing socially (including on the Internet). The goal is to develop capable young people who can think critically, who are interested in and care about the greater community, and, when faced with difficult choices in life, want to do the right thing.
Opportunities at SLSS to volunteer, give, connect with and make a difference for others:
• Peer Helping/Planning 10 Class
• Social Justice 12 Class
• Human Services Work Experience
• Me to We Club
• Interact/Rotary Club
• Shark Ambassadors Club
• Eco/Green Club
• SLSS Tutors
• 30-Hour Famine
• Food Drives
• International Awareness and Fundraising Campaigns (e.g. disaster relief, World Food Day, Fair Trade Practices,
Amnesty International, HIV/AIDs Day, Vow of Silence Day, Pink Shirt Day, etc.)
All Steveston-London students are urged to get informed, pay attention, and make the choice to live differently or get involved to help others.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. (Lao Tzu).