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.
I have earned the president position in the Students’ Council. I never thought I could actually become this leader who I dreamed to be. I have been through a lot of elections in my life, some I failed, some I just gave up. But this time, Westfield’s students and teachers trusted me and gave this chance, and I am very grateful. I had one gap year, totally lost; one year in a school that I did not feel I belonged in. Westfield brought my confidence back. I am proud to say, I have reached a high point in my life, with acceptances from Rotman Commerce, McGill’s Commerce, UTM’s Commerce with Scholarship.
I am very grateful to my teachers and staffs for my achievement. When I started my journey at Westfield, I was filled with nervousness and doubt. However, the enthusiasm of the teachers, staff, and students helped me quickly adapt to the community. Westfield not only galvanized my academic capabilities but also gave me love and care.
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!
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!
Hello everybody. I’m so lucky to study at Westfield Secondary School. I really enjoy Westfield because they’re very friendly and nice to me. I like them a lot. Westfield has a fun game room where I can play pool and table ping pong with my friends. After we finish class we have study hall. All our teachers help us to improve our skills in each subject. I am improving my English day by day being here better than I would have at home. I hope to see you here soon!