One of the key goals of a Chatsworth education is to foster the development of caring global citizens who are responsible, respectful and compassionate. In working towards that, service learning is an integral part of our curriculum at Chatsworth International School.
Service learning starts in the classroom and extends beyond it. Service involves interaction, such as the building of links with individuals or groups in the community, which may be our school, the local district, or at national or regional levels. Service learning allows students to use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs within and beyond the school. Service activities outside the school are conducted in conjunction with partner agencies.
In the Middle Years Programme, all students have regular service as learning lessons and choose which service group they wish to work in from a list of groups at the start of the school year. Service groups in the school range from arts based activities such as community outreach theatre to community interaction such as the food bank or school based needs such as recycling and academic support programmes.
Service activities should not only involve doing things for others but also doing things with others and developing a real commitment with them. The relationship should therefore show respect for the dignity and self-respect of others. By taking action in their own service learning activities and projects, students gain valuable life skills and work towards becoming enlightened and responsible global citizens.
In the Diploma Programme, the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is one of the core requirements students must meet in order to complete and be awarded the IB Diploma.
We worked with Food Bank Singapore where we organised a food drive to collect food to be passed onto people in need of assistance in Singapore. Apart from collecting the food, we also raised self-awareness of issues relating to food poverty and hunger.Reese and Hannah, Middle School Students (2019-20)
We were inspired by Ms Dipa Swaminathan, founder of the initiative ItsRainingRaincoats on how she and her team spent tireless hours helping and assisting the migrant workers during this tough time. We were interested in helping out in any way possible, and knew that the Chatsworth community would be interested in helping out as well. So, Elana and I decided to fundraise in school and create care packages with essential products for the workers in SingaporeNeha and Elana, Year 13 students (2020-21)