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 Local Service

In the Senior and Middle School, the Community Service Council, led by the Community Service Prefect, organizes monthly events that support the Community Service theme for the year.

Our annual theme is based on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the IB Shared Humanity themes. In the past three years, our initiatives have followed the themes of education and sustainability.

Some activities may involve fundraising or collecting useful and necessary items; however, the main aim of the Community Service Council is to focus on service involvement and learning.


Best buddies
The Best Buddies program allows Branksome students to foster friendships with intellectually challenged students from Rosedale Heights School. Peer buddies meet once per cycle at lunch and participate in a variety of group activities, including bingo, scavenger hunts, and basketball games. Branksome peer buddies call their Rosedale Heights buddy once a week and are encouraged to meet outside of school as well.

Food bank
Our annual food drives are usually run as a clan competition. The food collected goes to local food banks and is often delivered and sorted by students who volunteer at the food bank.

Holiday giving initiative
Our annual food drives are usually run as a clan competition. The food collected goes to local food banks and is often delivered and sorted by students who volunteer at the food bank.

Horizons
Branksome Hall runs two Horizons support programs at inner-city schools. In one program, we partner with Upper Canada College (UCC) on a well-structured, weekly reading and math program. In the other, Branksome volunteers work on literacy and language skills with elementary school students. Horizons runs from October until April, and students walk or take the bus once a week after school to meet and tutor buddies.

JUMP tutoring
Branksome Hall student volunteers are involved in a weekly one-on-one tutoring program at Rose Avenue P.S. In this program, which focuses on Math, students improve and refine their skills with the help of a Branksome mentor. JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) is a unique math-tutoring program designed to bring out the math "genius" in students at every level.

Reading buddies
This literacy-based program is run weekly at Rose Avenue Public School. As reading buddies, Branksome students volunteer to help younger students with their homework, work on literacy tasks, and create and participate in many different small-group activities and games.

Terry Fox
Our participation in the Terry Fox Run is the first clan event of the year. Students come dressed in their clan colours, and clan points are awarded for the most enthusiastic student and teacher, best clan costume and more. Clan points are also awarded to the individual student who raises the most money and to the clan that raises the most money. Each year the whole school gets involved in this local fundraiser and we run, dance or move in support of the Marathon of Hope, typically raising over $20,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Read about the Catch Me if You Clan, Terry Fox Cancer Research Fundraiser >>

Triangle of Hope
Branksome is a member of the Triangle of Hope, partnering us with a local school, Rose Avenue Public School, and a South African school, Get Ahead Project School in Queenstown (QGAP). Together, we work to increase intercultural understanding and provide opportunities for student learning, service and friendship. More >>

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