Last Friday, our middle school students were treated to a special presentation by writer Briar Grace-Smith, who is visiting Guangzhou as a writer-in-residence at Sun Yat Sen University.
The aim of the community service programme is to help students become involved and aware of the community they live in (both global and local) on their path to becoming world citizens.
The three key components of the programme are:
- Involvement and Service
Being part of a community is important. At ISA we encourage students to become responsible, world citizens who seek to develop their understanding of the world around them.
Students are encouraged to make connections between what they study at school and how they can use their own skills to contribute to the community by asking, “How can I make a difference?”
The focus is on action both inside and outside the classroom.
Increased awareness of community needs and of students' personal strengths and interests will motivate them to be involved in community service activities.
ISA develops student engagement in service activities, both individually and in groups.
Examples of these activities include:
- Assisting other students
- Managing school sports-teams
- Contributing to student committees and organizations
- Supporting and developing links between the school and international organizations
- Organizing activities and fundraising to support "Hopeful Hearts"
- Fundraising to support natural-disaster victims and communities
Reflection is an essential part of community service. It encourages greater awareness of any needs as well as the quality of the response required. It helps students develop positive attitudes and to become aware of personal strengths and difficulties.
Students write their thoughts and feelings in a journal to describe their community service activities, reflect on the impact of their actions and notice any changes in their attitudes.