The Beacon School cultivates in its students the attitudes, skills, and motivation to be agents of change for the betterment of society. Service and outreach are integrated into the curriculum. Students, through the House System, launch additional service drives to raise awareness about a particular issue, secure donations for those in need, or to contribute their time through reading, feeding, and mentoring programmes.
The Beacon School partners with the Tenement School, an elementary public school in Western Bicutan, Taguig City. Students in the Middle Years Programme have serviced a feeding programme for Tenement students for years. As a result of this programme, more Tenement students have an added incentive to come to school, knowing that they will receive meals. With some nourishment, they are better able to engage in the learning process.
"Not everyone has enough money. Not everyone has enough food, either. While we worry about not eating too much, they worry about not eating at all... In the end, it is all very rewarding. To see their faces with such happiness made us all happy, too. It also made us think about what we take for granted." -- Beacon students, Nika, Arianna, Ayrton, class of 2012
Beacon students are challenged to observe the community around them, see what needs to be improved, and ask themselves what they can do to improve the situation.
In the wake of Ondoy and Pedring, Beacon students launched service drives to collect, organize and donate supplies and funds to those who lost everything in these natural disasters.
"I like to think that the idea I got the day after Ondoy hit the Philippines on September 26, 2009, was a seed. I remember being haunted the night before by the news shows broadcasting footage of strong waters sweeping away houses, people, babies, and animals... I talked to my friend about my little idea... [for] Beacon to have its own food and clothing drive. Text and email blasts were sent out that afternoon... [The next day] I found cases and cases of bottled water, tables of food, and boxes of chothes... I was surprised to find so many members of the community... people from my classes, some fourth and fifth graders (even 8-year olds!), tons of staff and teachers, kids of teachers, lots of middle-schoolers... It was only then that it occurred to me how big of a thing this had become - not only was it a way for us to give back and help other people, but it was also a way for this [school] community to come together." - Beacon student, Adela, class of 2010