COMMUNITY AND SERVICE [CAS]
Service as Action (SA)
As our mission statement states, Caledonian International school as a world-class community of learners aims to develop internationally minded students. We challenge ourselves, our students, and our community to become caring and knowledgeable life-long learners who inquire and take action to create a better world. Service as action [which was I formerly known as CAS- Community and Service and the concept of “altruism” is central to the IB philosophy and to our own mission as a school.
Students at Caledonian International School will, therefore, engage in planned and structured service activities, in both primary and secondary school in order to gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Service and Action in the IB PYP and IB MYP
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 B programmes. I Service, as a subset of action, has always been a shared value of the IB community, 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.
Service requires that students are able to build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. When connected to classroom learning, the experience of service offers opportunities to apply concepts, both skills and knowledge, as students explore the community in its complexity, gain personal insight, develop existing and new skills, and grow in confidence and responsibility as they become “actors” in the “real world” beyond school. Teachers in our school engage students In applying subject matter to developing plans and partnerships to meet real identified needs using a service-learning model. Experiencing a service-learning approach within an academic class becomes a critical and essential process for students. Guided or classroom learning that leads to action addressing an authentic community need is most meaningful when allowing for student initiative that incorporates their interests, skills, and talents. By reflecting on their service experience, students may gain a greater awareness of the I community and world they live in, and their role and responsibility in improving the lives of themselves and others.
SERVICE FOR AND WITH OTHERS
Service activities should evolve beyond simply doing for others to engaging with others in a shared commitment towards the common good. Meaningful service requires an understanding of an underlying issue such as poverty, literacy or pollution, and authenticating the need for this service. Meaningful service includes interaction, such as building links with individuals or groups in the community.