DSG girls are expected to assume an active role in society, serving and giving of their time generously both now and after they leave school. Reaching out to the greater community is an essential part of life at DSG.
The community engagement programme in the Senior School is driven by the Interact Club and its committee. The girls engage in active service on several levels in the wider community and we share our resources with children from less wellsupplied schools. An important programme is the President’s Award which encourages girls to develop themselves through service to others. Their interaction with pupils from diverse social, economic and ethnic backgrounds makes our girls aware of the challenges in the broader community.
Community Engagement is an essential part of life at the DSG. We encourage our girls to recognise that as they give of their time and energy to others, there will be concomitant personal growth. We give our girls the opportunity to engage with others and, in so doing, begin to see similarities and appreciate their differences. We believe that in reaching out to others, girls will learn they can have a positive effect on the school, the community and the nation. Regular outreach activities have included visiting residents of a local retirement home, helping at the SPCA and tutoring students who come from schools with limited resources.
DSG girls are also proactive in drawing attention to social issues. They have organised “shave-a-thons” in support of cancer awareness, fun runs and dance marathons to raise funds for charity and they regularly help with street collections.
We believe that community service is an important part of a girl’s formation and at DSG we have an expansive community service programme. The DSG subscribes to the President’s Award programme, the purpose of which is to encourage young people to become active within their communities.
The President’s Award, part of the international Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, focuses on empowerment of youth through individual challenges and development. The programme encourages every young person to reflect upon their interests, abilities and ambitions and set themselves challenges in the four sections of the Award: community service, adventurous journey, skills development and physical recreation. It is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 24.