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Beyond the Classroom

Community Engagement

Student Senate
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Community Engagement
Service Groups
Our Mission:
A caring school and an engaged community: learning, sharing and growing together.

Our Vision:
ASH strives to foster a culture of community engagement by providing all members of our community with the skills and the confidence necessary to actively give their time, energy and talents in order to make a difference and create a better world.
 
Our beliefs:
  • Every member of a community has the ability and responsibility to contribute positively to society and to the environment.
  • Meaningful community engagement is relevant to all stakeholders and builds genuine partnerships.
  • Service experiences provide unique opportunities for challenging prejudices, respecting differences and working together that can enhance and intensify learning.
  • Students occupy a vital role in a community, because with their youthful perspectives, idealism, energy, creativity, and commitment, they can have a positive influence.
  • Authentic service experiences allow students to combine the ASH Core Values with classroom learning.
  • Opportunities for taking action stimulate and enable students to do something about the causes they care about, and thus empower them to bring about change.
  • Educators have an obligation to create opportunities for learners to step out of their comfort zones because these experiences provide the greatest potential for learning.
  • Well-designed service initiatives that are embedded in the curriculum enrich and improve student learning as well as the community in which we live.
  • Inspiring students to learn the importance of compassion, empathy and community engagement helps create passionate and life-long contributing members of society.
  • Creating sustainable initiatives and communities is a journey, not a destination.
Our priorities:
  • Inspire students to be active participants in the continuous improvement of the well being for everyone at our school and in our community.
  • Build a web of interconnections between the school’s educational programs and the needs and assets of our community in order to inspire the next generation of mindful, engaged, and reflective global citizen leaders.
  • Ensure that all service initiatives are carefully researched, selected and grounded in established instructional best practices.
  • Provide continuous high quality training and support to all stakeholders, including teachers, community partners, parents and students.
  • Reflect on successes and challenges: celebrate accomplishments, analyze mistakes, and continually strive to improve our practice.
City Shine*
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Cool Earth*
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Grassroots/Foundation For Education And Development*
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Human Writes
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Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders*
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Pratham@ASH*
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Project Sustainability*
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SAFE
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Tanzania Initiative*
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*These service groups have gone through an application process and fit the criteria for fundraising within the school. Each group’s application goes under revision after a two-year period. According to the ASH Fundraising Protocol, a total of eight service groups are permitted to fundraise and or collect goods within the High School during any given school year.
Service Trips
Two service trips will run during the February break in 2014. Students who are interested in participating must be active and committed within the year-long service group.
Grassroots/FED to Khao Lak, Thailand
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Tanzania Initiative to Moshi, Tanzania
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Service Learning
Service Learning fulfills curricular or learning goals while collaboratively responding to real community needs that encourage student voice, foster empathy, and develop intrinsic motivation. Service Learning is a teaching approach where the student learns and discovers, investigates, plans and takes action to achieve set goals in a service capacity. He/she faces challenges and collaborates with others within their school, local and/or international communities while drawing on and improving his/her strengths, talents and skills.

Please contact the IB CAS Coordinator/Service Learning Coordinator for more details: cascoordinator@ash.nl
Initiatives With Connections To Curriculum Or Learning Goals
In addition to some of the service groups and initiatives that make valuable connections to curricular or learning goals, here are other examples of service learning experiences within the High School.
COPD Book Translation
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Stichting Mytikas
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Other In-School Service Initiatives
Bike Club Initiative
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Gardening
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Harvest Festival
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Operation Shoebox
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Student Aid In Elementary School/Middle School/High School Classrooms
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Tutoring Services
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Service-oriented Opportunities In Our Local Community
Numerous ASH students have made some meaningful connections and contributions in our local community. Here are just a few examples of opportunities open to High School students.
Animal Shelters + Animal Ambulance
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Coaching or Refereeing at Local Sports Clubs or ABF
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Food Bank
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Kinderboerderij/Animal Farm
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Local Residences For People With Disabilities
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Refugee Center
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Soup Kitchen
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Working with the elderly at senior homes or at their own home
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Service Learning Trip Tanzania
Service Learning Trip Tanzania


Service Learning Trip Tanzania
Service Learning Trip Tanzania


Service Learning Trip Tanzania
Service Learning Trip Tanzania


Service Learning Trip Pratham
Service Learning Trip Pratham


Service Learning Trip Pratham
Service Learning Trip Pratham


Service Learning Trip Thailand
Service Learning Trip Thailand


Service Learning Food Bank
Service Learning Food Bank


Operation Shoebox
Operation Shoebox


Project Sustainability
Project Sustainability