Leadership and Service Learning
The servant comes first in servant leadership. To cultivate such an attitude to life, Gratia puts emphasis on community service and nurturing students to become servant leaders. We reach out first and foremost to districts in our close proximity and encourage students to apply what they learn to address local and global problems. At the end of a service, students are expected to make a reflection in various forms such as artifacts, essay, portfolio, or poster, and the College, in return, will mark their achievements to show our recognition of their contribution together with our community partners.
The cultivation of the soul takes time and effort. The college believes that face-to-face encounters with people living on the margins will spur students on to act with passion. Likewise, pioneers of social innovation in civil society will be invited to share their life stories. Our ultimate goal is to nurture in students a twin sense of care and justice, to boost their interpersonal skills, and to instill civic virtue as well as “CHRIST” values.
All Gratia students must complete a certain number of hours of Community Service so as to meet the exit requirement for graduation:
Degree students: at least 20 hours of service required within four years of study.
Higher Diploma students: at least 20 hours of service required within two years of study.
Diploma students: at least 10 hours of service required within one year of study.
Students may choose to fulfill this obligation either individually or in groups. After participating in Community Service, students should fill in a service log to record down their service duration and details. The service log should be submitted to the College before 30 June every Academic Year.
To facilitate administration, late submission of the service log may not be entertained.
Community Services in 2015 Fall
The In-house Service Programme is a College-initiated programme guided by the College vision. It is one of the required co-curricular programmes offered to all Bachelor Degree Year One students. Through serving in specific units of the College, students will be able to develop their character, acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for serving others, and act as servant leaders and contribute to the development of the College.
The total service hours are 20 hours spanning over Bachelor Degree students’ first year of study. Students will serve two different service units of the College according to their preference in a first-come-first served basis. There are six service units in the College which include Library, IT Services Office, Registry, Student Development Office, Facility Management Office and Special Project. Each Unit will establish a work/activity schedule that will enable students to meet the objectives and requirements of the In-house Service.
For details, please refer to the attachment.