Action to Service
Service in Early Years
In Kindergarten, students identify water pollution and land pollution on campus and decide the ways they can help fix these issues through the “Sharing the Planet” unit. This learning through service and action gives students the skills to begin observing the natural environment, understanding the impact that we have on it, and how they can create change. Identifying the rubbish around them and taking the necessary steps to clean this up builds student agency through inquiry, action, and service.
Our Early Years students have also planted and cared for trees on campus, grown a garden, and built a worm farm. These projects teach students awareness of their role in nature, as well as skills in caring, responsibility, and sustainability.
Service in Primary
The students are focused on creating a vision for change and then using the proper process to make those changes happen. Action Cubs identify problems and needs within the school, come up with solutions, propose their solution to school leaders, and take action to make changes in our community.
- Environmental Committee
Focuses on environmental issues around school
- worked to remove single-use plastic utensils from the WISS Canteen and Cafes
- educates teachers on waste in the classroom
- Recess Improvement Committee
Concentrates on improving recess experience for students
- organized a Spring Basketball Tournament for Primary students
- proposed the purchase of a variety of new recess equipment
- Food Committee
Works with Canteen to improve school food
- meets regularly with Canteen Manager to provide suggestions
- Spaces Committee
Looks at how we use our spaces around the school
- created a comfortable recess space called The Nook
- School-wide Committee
Explores on issues that affect the whole school
- looked at how the library is used during recess time
- currently examining the school’s homework policy
- Events Committee
Coordinates event planning around the school
- planned Caring Week to promote kindness in the WISS community
- planning a STEAM*D Fair so students can share their talent in the science and technology areas
Service in Secondary
The MYP aims to help WISS students develop their personal understanding, emerging sense of self, and growing responsibility in the community. Service is a valuable experience allowing our students to continue to increase awareness of their strengths and areas for growth, to undertake new challenges, to plan and initiate activities, to work collaboratively with others, to show perseverance and commitment, to engage with locally and globally significant challenges, and to consider the ethical implications of their actions.
In MYP, students are introduced to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for service. Students choose a sustainable goal based on a developmental goal and find a need in the community that applies to the goal. Explore China has a component of community service to support WISS’s philosophy of caring and to introduce them to different needs in China which will hopefully inspire them to bring these initiatives and projects back to Shanghai.
Examples of past projects include:
- fundraising to provide clothes and toys to migrant children for the Giving Tree Program
- student led tutoring in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish
- recycling and upcycling activities for Earth Week
- tree planting in Inner Mongolia as part of the Grade 10 Explore China Trip
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Service in IBDP and IBCP
IBDP and IBCP students are required to successfully complete CAS in order to obtain an IB diploma. CAS is designed to strengthen
and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. It is a journey of discovery of self and others. It is organized around three strands of creativity, activity, and service.
Students are required to conduct service locally or internationally (outside of WISS walls). Local interactions allow for developing relationships, observing and participating in sustained change, and meeting challenges through collaboration. This requirement is for a minimum of one semester each year of the two-year Diploma.
Many WISS students choose to focus on our local community. Through their joint effort to clean up Xujing (partnering with students from a local orphanage), students have a goal of giving back to their community and help to make Shanghai a better place to live.
Examples of past projects include:
- Beach Cleaning
- GAIL (Global Alliance for Innovative Learning)
- Giving Tree
- Sunday Football Camp
- Saturday School
- Visiting Orphanages
- Performing at Hospice
Saturday School instills service, caring, and responsibility in our student volunteers, while helping the local students get an English-immersion experience. Any member of the WISS community who wants to be a part of Saturday School has that opportunity. If you are interested in volunteering with Saturday School, contact our Saturday School Coordinator, Jae Oh, at firstname.lastname@example.org.