Thursday the 9th of June marks not only the last full school day of the 2010-2011 academic year, and not only the date of the school's Promotional Ceremonies, but the first annual St. John's Service Day -- a day dedicated to giving back to our community through service work and labour.
While St. John's Academy strives every day to build a community of common service, prayer and life -- bringing families into the local parishes, encouraging attendance at the divine services, supporting parish fundraisers and community activities, helping pilgrims, etc. -- our end-of-year Service Day is dedicated to specific, hands-on projects that our large troupe of students and teachers can contribute to our local community. In particular, our Service Day is aimed to support our Holy Virgin Cathedral through maintenance work, groundskeeping projects, tending to the beauty of the Cathedral interior, work in the halls and common spaces, etc.
Students and staff begin Service Day with the 'Service Day Lecture', drawing quotations from historical and Church sources on the virtues of service, before being divided into 'work crews' for the remainder of the day.
At a time of year when we focus on the celebration of our students' and school's accomplishments, we turn also to our Christian need to serve one another in love. 'May our service be acceptable unto Thee, O Lord!'