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Community involvement has always been at the core of the culture of Catholic schools. Catholic schools reach out to the community through school and class projects, and often as a component of Religious Education courses. The purpose of the community service requirement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility, the role that they can play, and the contributions that they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.
Forty hours of community involvement is a graduation requirement for all secondary students as part of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements. The hours are recorded on students' Ontario Student Transcripts (OST) when completed. Although this diploma requirement applies to students in Grades 9 to 12, students in Grade 8 can start accumulating community involvement hours prior to entering Grade 9.
Students should plan and select their community involvement activities in consultation with their parents/guardians.
For additional information, you can read 40 Hours of Community Involvement on the Board website or the Ontario Ministry of Education's Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirement: Community Involvement Activities in English-Language Schools (April 27, 1999).