At Selwyn House, Senior School students are increasingly asked to take responsibilities for planning events like their Winter Carnival. If things don’t go as planned, that, too, is a lesson learned. It doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s all part of the experience.
The goal should be service learning, rather than simply community service. Not only to teach civic responsibility and promote a sense of community, but to enrich a student’s learning experience.
Service needs to be an exchange, a reciprocal relationship. It’s all about helping students learn about themselves and develop real-life skills from experience.
Furthermore, these activities have to be undertaken for their own reward, and not merely to fill an academic requirement. Students start by building their CVs, and somewhere along the line they catch on and find their passion.