LEARNING THROUGH SERVICE

Even though we are an international school, at BWYA we never lose sight of where
we come from, and for our students, giving something back is part of the
requirements of our programmes.

Discovering Ways of Giving Back

Giving something back to where we come from is an important part of international education.

For MYP students, this takes the form of Service as Action which requires students to identify and address a need within the community (this can be the school community, local community, or wider) and think of ways that they can benefit the community by addressing this need. We have enjoyed plenty of different fund raising events, awareness campaigns, clothing drives, and so on, down the years, all led by BWYA students themselves.

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, skills and knowledge. Students explore the community in its complexity as they gain personal insight and become more confident and responsible. Through Service as Action they become “actors” in the “real world” beyond school.

Our DP students our required as part of the IB Diploma to participate in the Creativity, Action and Service Programme (CAS). This is a key part of the IB Diploma and, as well as learning through experience, students have the opportunity to develop their skills and talents, learn new ones that will enhance their future, and contribute to their community.

Charity Walkathon  – Case Study

Five BWYA students arranged a very special charity event, which saw over 100 BWYA community members take part in support of a local migrant children’s school.

Stephanie Choi, Jenny Ding, Wendy Fan, Bella Dong and Leah Park, all grade 10 students at BWYA, organised a charity walkathon at Chaolai Forest Park in order to raise funds for a much-needed renovation project at the Hongqi Migrant School. Stephanie Choi explained, “we felt passionately that we should do something that could change this situation and make the children’s lives just a little bit better.”

Having learned about the benefits of exercise for reducing stress and promoting healthy living in PE, the students decided this would be a good way not only to support another school, but also to give our school’s families an opportunity to bond, build community spirit, and enjoy being outside!

The walkathon was a 2.7km walk through the park, followed by refreshments and activities at BWYA’s Upper Primary School Campus nearby.

A Life of PI  – Case Study

Grade 10 students have been getting to grips with the Raspberry Pi micro computer, as well as the organisation that created it, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for a very special project that is making a big difference to disadvantaged students in Beijing.
Using the Raspberry Pi, as well as BWYA’s 3D printing technology, students are designing and building desktop computers for the pupils of a local migrant school.
After visiting the school and researching the space and conditions within the classroom, the students based their design on the data they collected and created prototypes to test that their creations where fit for purpose. For many students, this was the first time they have experienced working with the Raspberry Pi. However, spending time at the migrant school inspired the students and staff at BWYA to push the project forward, raising money to fund purchasing additional micro-computers and helping to ensure that a disadvantaged section of our community can have access to a quality education and resources.

Grade 10 students have been getting to grips with the Raspberry Pi micro computer, as well as the organisation that created it, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for a very special project that is making a big difference to disadvantaged students in Beijing.
Using the Raspberry Pi, as well as BWYA’s 3D printing technology, students are designing and building desktop computers for the pupils of a local migrant school.
After visiting the school and researching the space and conditions within the classroom, the students based their design on the data they collected and created prototypes to test that their creations where fit for purpose. For many students, this was the first time they have experienced working with the Raspberry Pi. However, spending time at the migrant school inspired the students and staff at BWYA to push the project forward, raising money to fund purchasing additional micro-computers and helping to ensure that a disadvantaged section of our community can have access to a quality education and resources.

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