Our Community Service Program is now a requirement for all students in the High School (Grades 9,10,11 and 12) and is designed to promote meaningful service learning opportunities. Students in the Middle Years Program have Community and Service as an important area of interaction and can join the service groups if they are committed and there is space. Students must join a service group as a year long commitment.
MYP Community and Service
Community and service starts in the classroom and extends beyond it, requiring students to take an active part in the communities in which they live.
Giving importance to the sense of community throughout the program encourages responsible citizenship as it seeks to deepen the adolescent’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. The emphasis is on developing community awareness and concern, and the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society.
Students are encouraged to make connections between their intellectual and social growth, thereby refining their affective, creative and ethical as well as cognitive development. This is achieved through a process of discovery of self and community, and reflections inside as well as outside the classroom.
DP Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the DP program and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies.
CAS aims to develop students who are:
reflective thinkers—they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth
willing to accept new challenges and new roles
aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
balanced—they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.
Creativity, Action, Service:
Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of activities that involve creative thinking. Creativity provides students with the opportunity to explore their own sense of original thinking and expression.
Action is focused on getting involved in physical exertion that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. The aim of Action is to promote lifelong healthy habits related to physical well-being.
Service requires students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Through Service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions.
Our school’s Community & Service/CAS supervisor is responsible for assisting students in implementing and developing their program. Prek-12th grade students are expected to be involved in a service activity and reflect on a regular basis.
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