Community Service

 Service as Action

 


“Service empowers you to connect with others to take action to enrich yourself, our communities and the world”.

From principles into practice (May 2014: p24).


Action (learning by doing and experiencing) is a key component in constructivist models of education, including the kind of teaching and learning common to all IB programmes. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

 

APIS values service as an important way to engage in principled action across a range of overlapping local, regional and global communities. Through responsible action, tightly connected with sustained inquiry and critical reflection, young people and adults can develop the kinds of attributes described by the learner profile that are essential for success in future academic pursuits and for adult life.

 

APIS values quality above quantity with regard to service. Students are expected to demonstrate their development in the learning outcomes for service through personal reflections and process journals.


The Four Keys to Service

1. Empowerment

This means helping students to identify a vision or passion and the needs of others. Through a process of planning, reflection and evaluation, they are supported to identify and acquire the skills and resources needed to achieve their vision.



2. Connection

This means that projects will often build on existing projects, within the school or through other organizations. Service groups will be inclusive, and there will be shared decision-making between students and adults. Whenever possible, meaningful personal connections will be developed between those performing service from the APIS community and the beneficiaries. The groups should be developed in a way that ensures continuity even if a key member leaves.


3. Enrichment

This means that students have a personal connection to the service and recognize their personal growth through the process. They can identify the positive impact of the project in a genuine need. Students and the beneficiaries both benefit from the project.

4. Action

This means that students are fully accountable for their service and the action that they plan and take is based on identified needs, environmentally conscious and financially sustainable. Actions should be culturally appropriate, involve all stakeholders and be time focused. Students should also understand that taking no action can sometimes be an appropriate decision.

 

What Service looks like at APIS

What the school does for:

  1. Students (After School Activities programme)

  2. Parents (Workshops, cultural events)

  3. Community (participation in CMAC activities, International Fair)


What the PYP, MYP, HS and CWW programmes do for:

  1. Students (raise awareness of Global, Regional and Local issues through curriculum, creates opportunities for students to find ways to participate in authentic service opportunities coming out of the curriculum as a class, a small group or an individual)

  2. School (create a sense of pride in and ownership of the school

  3. Community (Action week)


What STUCO does for:

  1. Students (fun, community building events such as Sports Day, Spirit Week)

  2. Community (raise funds for service projects)


What the staff do for:

  1. Students (study hall, ASAs, Learn to Swim programme, mentorship of student projects)

  2. The School (model what service looks like and how to give back to the world, create a positive and safe learning environment)

  3. Community (putting words into action ie Bang Piang, Thai project, etc)


What the boarding programme does for:

  1. Parents (international meal nights,

  2. The Community (“Big-brother” relationship with Bang Piang school, teaching English to the children of Thai staff)

 

          

 

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