Community Involvement Requirement
Every student who begins Secondary School in Ontario is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). By volunteering their time within the community, students’ sense of civic responsibility and global citizenship is strengthened and broadened. Many students volunteer their time to help people in need or charitable organizations that raise money to benefit a wide range of noble causes. It is truly an enriching experience and one that often inspires a career choice.
Students entering high school in Ontario in grades 11 or 12 may have the number of community hours reduced to recognize the volunteer work completed in the student’s home province (outside of Ontario) or home country. The principal will decide how many hours will be granted once the student has been into Westfield Secondary School.
At Westfield we cooperated with government organizations, such as Markham Food Bank, Markham OSPCA, Markham Habitat for Humanity RE-Store, Markhaven Home for Seniors, North Toronto Cat Rescue; Salvation Army …etc…where we can help our students find volunteer placements that they have an interest in time.
At the beginning of my journey here at Westfield, I was filled with doubt and a lot of nerves. However, the enthusiastic teachers and staff, along with the energetic students helped me to adapt to this community quickly. I enjoy and appreciate my time here. Westfield is my home away from home.
Westfield Secondary is a great school to me. The students are friendly, and I can make friends with people from different countries. The teachers here are great, they are always here to listen and help us with any problems we come across. I would recommend Westfield Secondary to anyone interested in coming here!
I feel like the staff and teachers are friends. They are caring towards my study and life. They have helped build my confidence day by day, and improve my English which helps me adjust to local life. My parents are so proud of me and its all thanks to Westfield!
I came to Canada being excited but also feeling very nervous. I did not have any confidence in speaking English, but the teaching at Westfield help me to rebuild my confidence and has motivated me to improve my learning.
It’s been a few months now that I have been studying at Westfield. From the first day I came, Westfield made me feel very welcomed. Everyone is very friendly and communicative. The teachers are extremely caring and kind, and they really want us to succeed. Westfield has made me feel at home!