Leadership through Service

Leadership through Service

Leadership Through Service

With the objective of helping our girls become confident women of integrity and faith, committed to the betterment of society, we believe it is essential for our students to see the connection between leadership, service and social responsibility.

The practice of good moral habits or virtues complements the building of this foundational body of essential knowledge and skills. Together, these inspire the minds of our students to heights of big dreams, grand ideas and the pursuit of excellence. Hawthorn students are helped to understand that this privileged position bears with it the blessed opportunity and responsibility of helping those around them. It is both a duty and a gift to be of service to others, and to be a leader in this way is to be so, not for the sake of prestige, but for the good of all.

Service projects and other similar initiatives provide opportunities for the students to extend themselves to others by giving of their time and talent generously throughout the school year. Service projects may involve an organized visit to a charitable community organization to help with their work, such as Canadian Food for Children, Good Shepherd Ministries and St. Francis Table. They may also involve smaller opportunities to help out in school with various activities and events, affording Upper School students with the chance to earn service hours, if they wish.

Hawthorn girls are courageous and confident. Emphasis is placed on being generous with one’s time and talents.

Inspired by teachings of the Catholic Church, leadership roles are recognized as opportunities to be of service to those around us – those who need help the most.

Service Projects

Service projects and other similar initiatives provide opportunities for the students to extend themselves to others by giving of their time and talent generously throughout the school year. Service projects may involve an organized visit to a charitable community organization to help with their work, such as Canadian Food for Children, Good Shepherd Ministries and St. Francis Table. They may also involve smaller opportunities to help out in school with various activities and events, affording Upper School students with the chance to earn service hours, if they wish.

Hawthorn School is proud to provide our senior students with the opportunity to take part in the International Service Project in Peru or Trinidad and Tobago.

The Condoray Project in Peru was started in 1963, in the poverty-stricken region of Canete Valley, as a women’s training center with the goal to stimulate the socio-economic development of the region.  To achieve this aim, Condoray runs many different courses such as basic literacy, child-rearing, basic employment training, and nutrition to name a few.

“During our trip to Trinidad and Tobago we also cleaned and painted a school library.  This took us four afternoons, and involved killing hornets and spiders, painting the whole upper half of the walls using one broken ladder, and sorting through hundreds of dusty, damaged books.  Even though it had its interesting challenges, we had many spectators, comprised of the school’s students and teachers.  It was a lot of fun, and the end result was very satisfying.

Another part of the service project was the opportunity to visit an old age home, as well as a centre for mentally and physically disabled children.  These visits gave us a greater appreciation for our own health, and the family and friends we have at home, as well as allowed us to see examples of people living fully in spite of their difficulties. At the centre for disabled children for example, there was one little boy named Malachi who was particularly friendly.  He had no legs, so he was sitting in a wheelchair, wheeling himself around.  From the moment we walked in, he asked us if we wanted high-fives, saying, “You want a five, too?”  He continued this request until the moment we left, and it was a great example of living joyfully in the face of adversity.” by D. De Martin, Gr. 12

Hawthorn’s goal of sending students overseas is to develop and foster in them a sense of awareness of the needs of the developing world, to experience firsthand the effects of poverty, and to learn about the Church’s role in social justice and global solidarity.

Generosity Projects

Several “Generosity Projects” are organized each year to foster a spirit of service and generosity in the students. Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to share with those less fortunate.

 

There are four Generosity Projects throughout the year:

 

 

  • Christmas Generosity Project– We organize ourselves to put together Christmas gift bags for each person that the Missionaries of Charity in Toronto have identified as disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances, and who may be experiencing difficulties during the Christmas season. Each Hawthorn student is assigned a gift recipient. (Campaign period: two weeks leading up to the second or third week of December)

 

  • Footprints in the Snow(Winter Clothing Drive) – This generosity project benefits those who may be struggling to find warmth and protect themselves from the elements during winter, with collected items going to persons or families in need in the Greater Toronto Area, such as the Good Shepherd Ministries as well as newly-arrived refugees.

 

  • Mothers and Babies Generosity Project – We collect items for new or expectant moms at risk, as well as babies (infants and toddlers). These items are donated to the Sisters of Life Toronto, whose apostolate involves working with and supporting expectant and new mothers and their babies.