Seva and Leadership
As part of the Sikh faith, seva and leadership are among the key principals. The highest service according to the Sikh religion is the service of mankind. Seva in Sikhism means selfless and voluntary service for the benefit of humanity without any personal gain. According to our traditions, service is regarded as part of supreme worship. G.A.D. believes that selfless service, giving back to others and the community, is an important virtue to bestow on our students. We provide several opportunities throughout the school year for students to perform seva, such as Gurpurab langar service, food bank contributions and donations, fundraising through events, such as the Terry Fox Run, Walk for Wenjack and Jump Rope for Heart as well as community outreach.
Leadership and independence are two traits we support and promote at G.A.D. There are many opportunities, especially in grades 7 and up, where students can build their leadership skills. Many of our older students are given the responsibility of mentoring younger students. They also lead and manage some of our school events and assemblies as well as being team leaders during spring break camps and workshops. They also help organize bake sales, fundraisers and other events. By encouraging students to lead and organize events/workshops, they build essential skills in critical thinking, communication/collaboration and personal and social awareness and responsibility; all important avenues to building confidence and independence.