The mission of the International Baccalaureate is to develop active, internationally minded, inquiring and compassionate young people who want to make a difference in the world.
One of the five essential elements that help contribute to this is Action.
We believe that education must extend beyond the intellectual and result in students doing something with what they have learned. We encourage every student to think about their place in the world, what is happening and what they can do to contribute to it.
Action can take many forms from small action like, bringing in a book from home that is linked to what students are inquiring into in class. To action that has a huge impact on people in need.
Over the past year, we have seen many students taking action on issues that they feel passionate about.
The Grade 5 Exhibition showcases many of the different forms of action our students have made. Over the past few weeks, many of our PY students have taken considerable action in our school and in the wider community. Our Choir and GEMS Voices have performed at various venues around Singapore. Numerous Grade 5 students have taken part of their unit “How We Express Ourselves” further, by promoting awareness through creative actions in school and further afield in our community.
We have seen students helping organisations such as SPCA with their own Dollar for a Collar campaign. Students have been conducting a shoe drives and also making and selling their own body products to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Foundation and Make-a-Wish foundation.
These are wonderful initiatives by our students and I would like to express how proud we are of all of them. These a great examples of how students of any age can make a difference in the lives of others to make this world a better place.
Please talk to your child or children about things that are happening in our world. If you hear or see them taking action please inform your child’s class teacher about what they are saying and doing as a result of what they are inquiring into at school. Encourage them to bring in books or resources from home. All of these help them to make a better connection to the world in which we live.
Olivia Burke, PYP Curriculum Coordinator