St. Dominic High School

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Community Based Learning

"Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn"

We know that service learning benefits young people in a variety of ways. As individuals, service-learning improves self-esteem and self-confidence, and reduces involvement in risky behavior. As citizens, service-learning gives young people an increased sense of civic responsibility and a commitment to community involvement. As students, service-learning helps improve school performance and academic engagement.”
Dr. William Richardson, President & CEO, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation-

At the start of school year 2006/2007 Community based service learning was introduced as part of the curriculum. The idea behind this was to get students involved in activities outside the regular classroom setting. We also saw  for students to get actively involved in the community by doing volunteer work.

The St. Dominic High School has the strong belief that learning should not only take place in the formal classroom setting. Within the learning concept that is based on interactive learning with the community, the students can form a strong point of departure for further innovations and establish a sustainable relationship with the St. Maarten community.

The purpose of the student community service requirement is to encourage students to:

      • grow in the Christian calling to service and reflection, developing a generous and compassionate response to the local community and the world

      • foster awareness and understanding of social and civic responsibility.
      • experience and celebrate the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their local community.

      • develop self-esteem and confidence.

The service program includes the following:

  • it is a compulsory program for all students whereby 60 hours must be done
  • it is to be done at non-profitable organizations
  • it consists of good planning and assessments tools
  • it defines the content and guidelines for what is considered community service
  • it is also required to complete all assignments given in order to have a complete portfolio

The full content of the program with its purpose and criteria can be downloaded HERE. For those of you who start the program now, it might be wise to read this file. The coordinator of this program is Mrs. Gianne de Weever. If you have questions concerning the service learning you can contact her via the school's office or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For students who need to download specific forms for the service program, please click on the downloadable information below.





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