Week Without Walls

 

The 12th Week Without Walls will take place November 28-December 2, 2022

From November 28-December 2, 2022, Trinity College School students and staff will take part in the 12th Week Without Walls service learning initiative. Every Senior School student and faculty member, along with several staff members, will spend the week volunteering at one of more than 60 community partner sites, or taking part in one of our international service trips: Panama or the Island School.

Week Without Walls is a program through which students engage in community service opportunities, taking service learning outside the classroom and helping students to embrace their potential to make a difference. Initiated in 2009, the annual Week Without Walls is part of the School's comprehensive service learning program, which supports our mission of “developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service.” It complements other projects such as: our annual community service days, work with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Coats for Kids and more, but has the added benefit of allowing students to “learn by doing” within their communities.

Learn more about the 2022 Week Without Walls:

The Schedule:

  • Friday, November 25th: WWW group planning sessions (2:25 p.m.)*
  • Monday, November 28th: WWW group planning sessions (3:45 p.m.)*
  • Tuesday, November 29th – Thursday, December 1st:
    • Students will have breakfast & chapel as per the regular schedule, followed by two class blocks in the morning
    • Lunch will be staggered between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (students are asked to give priority to those groups that are leaving earliest for their service sites)
    • Groups will head out to service sites starting at 11:30 a.m., arriving back no later than 6:00 p.m.; staggered departures and returns
  • Friday, December 2nd: Special guest speaker (8:45 a.m. in Cirne Commons), followed by two class blocks and lunch; afternoon group debriefing sessions (1:45 p.m.), followed by full-school closing event and WWW video in Cirne Commons (2:35 p.m.)
*Students have received the room locations for their group planning sessions via email from the service office. Attendance will be taken.

Dress Code:

  • On Monday, November 28th, students are expected to be in #1 uniform dress
  • During the three site days, students should dress appropriately based on their site (including if they will be working outdoors)
  • Friday, December 2nd will be a non-uniform day where students can wear TCS colours or clothing related to social justice
Day Bussing:
  • Morning buses for students on the Hwy 401 and Peterborough routes will run as per the regular schedule
  • Evening departure times have been adjusted. Click here to download the schedule.
 

2019 Week Without Walls: Relive the experience!

As Trinity College School students and staff wrapped up the 11th annual Week Without Walls on Friday, December 6th, there was a sense that in many ways the journey had just begun. Following three afternoons of service in our local and surrounding communities, participants were energized and ready to consider how they could, on an ongoing basis, commit to making a difference.

Between December 2nd and 5th, every Senior School student and education staff member, along with several operational staff members, served at one of about 70 different community partner sites in Northumberland, Durham, Toronto, Peterborough and Quinte regions. Groups took care of animals, sang songs and made crafts with local seniors, sorted food bank donations, helped build homes for families, organized and stocked shelves, cleared brush and fallen trees, fixed bikes, played games with children and so much more.

View a list of our 2019 Community Partners.

As Trinity College School students and staff wrapped up the 11th annual Week Without Walls on Friday, December 6th, there was a sense that in many ways the journey had just begun. Following three afternoons of service in our local and surrounding communities, participants were energized and ready to consider how they could, on an ongoing basis, commit to making a difference.

Then, on Friday, each group met one last time here on campus to discuss what they had gained from the week and also what future plans students had for giving back. At the core of Week Without Walls, and the broader service learning program at TCS, is instilling good habits and skills that will carry through for students long after the week is over, such as teamwork, problem-solving, empathy, resilience, commitment and communication. This message dovetailed beautifully with Friday’s special guest speaker, Sam Demma. At just 20 years old, Sam has committed himself to doing good and inspiring others. His message to students was to look for “small, consistent actions” that they could take to address an area of need. Sam had to find his own sense of purpose after an injury ended his dreams of playing soccer at university. A teacher passed on the idea that, through sustained action over a period of time, one person could effect significant change, and Sam applied this to starting up his own social enterprise. For our students, hearing this message from someone in their own age group was especially powerful.

The Week Without Walls officially wrapped up on the weekend, when our two international service trips – to Ecuador and the Island School – returned to Canada.

You can relive the entire Week Without Walls experience by clicking on the links below:

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