November 3 / 2017

Message from Sarah Charley, Director of Citizenship

Junior school house captains

Junior school house captains

York School students, by virtue of our mission, strive to become “engaged citizens of the world” upon graduation. From Junior Kindergarten, this means that we encourage students to attend to the common good and play an active role in the life of the school, their local community and beyond. Students are encouraged to find their voices, participate in decision-making, and to embrace their leadership potential.

There are three areas of the Citizenship program to highlight as we reflect on the first term – our student leaders, ‘service as action’ and our rich co-curricular opportunities.

Our restructured student government model has come to fruition this fall. We are leveraging student voice and encouraging our student councils to take a more active role in shaping the school experience for their peers. Student leaders in all divisions welcomed potential families at our best-attended Open Houses to date. They lead by example and are exemplary hosts, tour guides and ambassadors.

Through meaningful community service, we strive to develop an increased sense of social responsibility, a global view of society and a passion for helping others. Our annual “We Scare Hunger" campaign engaged students from JK to Grade 12 to take action and make a difference in the lives of others. We collected over five hundred donations this October for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

As we continue to promote a culture of engagement, our students are nurturing their varied interests through exposure to diverse co-curricular offerings. We have many new opportunities. There is trulysomething for everyone in our clubs & committees that develop skills in STEM, environmental stewardship, debate/public speaking, mentoring, leadership, service learning and the arts.

The Citizenship team strives to create a vibrant, dynamic and inclusive experience for all students (while steering us all to have fun). We look forward to the many initiatives and community building events we have planned for the upcoming term.

Sarah Charley
Director of Citizenship

middle & senior school STUDENT COUNCIL ORIENTATION - Ambassador training

middle & senior school STUDENT COUNCIL ORIENTATION - Ambassador training


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