At ASA we highly value the contribution which our students and staff make to our wider community.All students are required to participate in the school’s service learning program. We believe that this is some of the most important, impactful work that we do, and vital to our vision for our students to be ‘successful, productive, and positive members of their local and global communities’.

Service learning gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge attained in various subject areas to have positive impact on their local community, while working collaboratively.  This approach differs from community service in that it directly connects with what students are learning in school and is student driven with teachers as facilitators.

The service learning process

  1. Inventory and Investigation-Students make connections with community partners and identify a need.
  2. Preparation and Planning-Students develop and carry out a plan to provide meaningful service.
  3. Action-Students implement their plan through direct service, indirect service, research, or advocacy.
  4. Reflection-Students systematically reflect on their experience and what they’ve gained from it.
  5. Demonstration-Students showcase what they’ve learned and the outcomes of their service projects.

Service learning can be defined as a research-based teaching method where guided or classroom learning is applied through action that addresses an authentic community need in a process that allows for youth initiative and provides structured time for reflection on the service experience and demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge” (Kaye, 2010).