Servite in Caritate, Service with Love. It has been the SMS motto for 110 years and something that we truly live by here at our school.

Service Day is an annual event and an opportunity for all students, Kindergarten to Grade 12, to give back to our local community and demonstrate our continued dedication to service. This year, Service Day was coordinated by SMS staff with various activities taking place both on and off campus.

The focus was on ME to WE’s five pillars of sustainable communities: water and sanitation, food security, education, opportunity, and health.

There was a plethora of service activities for our girls to choose from, all relating to the five pillars, including: ocean awareness with Surfrider and Ocean Networks Canada, food security and sustainability with Level Ground, Elder relations with Elder Carol Hartman, a look at Indigenous peoples and native species, an invasive species pull on campus, and an introduction to physical and intellectual well-being and adaptive sports with coaches from the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.

One of the most memorable aspects of the day was the chance to watch renowned West Coast native artist Douglas LaFortune at work on the “big sister, little sister” welcome pole in our Learning Commons.  LaFortune has been carving for 46 years and he is honoured to be creating this new pole for SMS.

“Service Day is an important form of experiential learning, where students apply what they are learning in the classroom by providing service for others,” said Darlene DeMerchant, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

“There is a reflection component which helps the girls understand how they have grown as learners. They gain a sense of civic responsibility through environmental stewardship, social justice and how we can use those to make a difference in the lives of others.”