A caring school and an engaged community: learning, sharing and growing together.
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.
- 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.
- 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 is the name of a school in Soweto Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. ASH students raise awareness relating to the global issues of poverty and education through many educational events and fundraisers. ASH students raised all the money needed to purchase the piece of land intended for a new school building. We are now working toward raising funds to build a “bottle school” - the insulation will be made from plastic bottles that litter the slum. We also support the feminine hygiene program, which supplies the female students and teachers with the appropriate products during their menstrual cycle so they can continue to go to school and work during this time. Deworming pills are supplied to every student at the City Shine School for a very low cost as well. Some events that City Shine hosts are MTV Night, Elementary School Book Day, Valentine’s Day surprises and Easter Egg Hunt.
Cool Earth is a charity that centers around reducing deforestation as an action against climate change. This is done through protecting various trees in South America, such as the Amazon, in danger of being cut down. In addition the charity raises awareness to the communities surrounding these forest areas of their abilities to act and enforce their rights to protect these woods.
|Grassroots/Foundation For Education And Development*|
Grassroots/FED works to promote education, human rights, and the development of a safe environment for Burmese migrants and their families in Thailand. ASH has been supporting the Grassroots/FED organization by creating awareness and raising funds through activities to provide meals for the youngest children at the nursery. We have also had toy and clothing collections and purchased educational and sports equipment for the Nursery and Learning Centers.
|Human Writes |
Human Writes is an ASH organization that works towards promoting human rights, and fights against injustice. Through letter writing and awareness campaigns, members of Human Writes work to promote the club’s core goals of defending freedom of expression, protecting women’s rights, advocating for the abolishment of the death penalty, demanding justice for crimes against humanity, and seeking corporate accountability where companies have abused people’s rights.
|Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders*|
‘MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, gender or political affiliation.’ One of the ways our students support MSF is through a Comedy Night: Laughter is the Best Medicine! featuring a range of student talent performances.
Pratham* is a NGO, run mostly by volunteers, that aims to provide quality education to underprivileged children living in impoverished areas of India. Pratham believes that every child should be in school, and through quality education, reach his/her potential. Pratham@ASH aims to create awareness about the global issues of poverty, accessible education and the role of women in India. Students at ASH support Pratham through the Dwali - the festival of lights and performing in a special jazz concert.
*Note: Pratham Service Learning Trip is not offered for the 2013-2014 school year.
Project Sustainability is a group of High School students working together to raise awareness about the things that the ASH community can do to be more sustainable and to promote/teach global responsibility. They promote and celebrate what the ASH community is currently doing to be more sustainable and they communicate how Project Sustainability can lead by example. We want to take action, to encourage others to take action with us and to carry our small scale acts that combine to make big change.
SAFE is a High School group committed to working towards issues of equality. It is a High School group open to anyone that also supports students who feel a lack of equality at school. SAFE has developed into a diverse group embracing a broad awareness of acceptance and equality. Examples of issues examined and explored are sexuality, gender, ethnicity, religion and bullying.
ASH students committed to helping communities in Tanzania help create awareness around the global issues of poverty and education. They hold fundraising events to cover the costs of the building supplies used during the building project in Moshi, Tanzania, where service trip participants travel to work alongside local residents during the February break. In the past years, ASH students have helped dig, placed foundations for school rooms, painted, sanded desks, seats, and planted seeds for communal gardens. They have also been involved with planting trees at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro for the Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots program and worked with disadvantaged orphans. The Tanzania service trip participants have also collected photos and data for ASH Middle School students to explore regarding water issues in Tanzania.
|*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.|
|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|
Grassroots/FED works to promote education, human rights, and the development of a safe environment for Burmese migrants and their families in Thailand. ASH has been supporting the Grassroots/FED organization by creating awareness and raising funds to provide meals for the youngest children at the nursery. We have also had toy and clothing collections and purchased educational and sports equipment for the Nursery and Learning Centers. Also, Grassroots/FED inspired an ‘In Our Village’ book with Middle School students and has an active service club within the Middle School as well.
|Tanzania Initiative to Moshi, Tanzania|
Students travel to Moshi to work alongside local residents to help with school building projects. In the past years, ASH students have helped dig, place foundations for school rooms, painted, sanded desks, seats, and planted seeds for communal gardens. They have also been involved with planting trees at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro for Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots program and worked with disadvantaged orphans. The Tanzania service trip participants have also collected photos and data for ASH Middle School students to explore regarding water issues in Tanzania.
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
A biography written about the life of a Dutch woman who lived with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was translated from Dutch into English and then edited; this process involved many High School students. This initiative is important to create awareness as there are not any examples of non-medical materials that exist to describe what life can be like for the person living with the severe constriction or discomfort in breathing as well those who care for the individual. As the work is translated into English, a much broader audience can be reached.
Mytikas is a non-profit foundation that offers Dutch youth with life challenges a second chance at finishing their secondary education. Mytikas has developed a special educational method through the performing arts that appeals to these students who were unable to continue their education through the regular Dutch system.
Service learning initiatives with students from the local Stichting Mytikas were an eye-opening, inspiring experience for many students in the performing and visual arts. These opportunities created the environment for ASH students to work collaboratively with Dutch students from our local community. ASH students expressed that through this experience, they felt better connected to the community beyond our school walls. Some felt that it can be challenging to integrate into the local community yet they yearn for such experiences.
Other In-School Service Initiatives
|Bike Club Initiative|
The Bike Club is an environmentally-minded group that promotes bike riding as a form of transportation. Community members who pledge to be a part of the group calculate the amount of carbon emissions that are saved due to their participation.
Planning, planting and maintaining the ASH garden is a year-round opportunity. Students can get involved to learn and improve their skills in this area.
|Harvest Festival |
CAS and other High School students plan and run a two-day learning event along with volunteer parents for all Elementary School students. The purpose of the Harvest Festival is to get teachers and students excited about the ASH school garden and (to continue) to make connections with the garden and learning goals throughout the year.
Operation Shoebox, or Schoenmaatjes, is a worldwide project sponsored by Edukans, a Dutch charitable organization that promotes education for children in developing countries. This initiative involves children by having them fill shoeboxes with school materials, toys and toiletries for children in disadvantaged areas.
|Student Aid In Elementary School/Middle School/High School Classrooms|
High School students working as student aides from Pre-School through 12th grade help other students with their learning. They act as role models while helping the students further develop their creativity, reading, writing, math and /or conflict resolution skills. They work with students theater, PE, ML, film scoring, LSC and EVS and can even work toward the opportunity to plan and deliver mini-lessons within the class. Other examples include helping to develop instructional videos for science classes, assisting with groups in choir or band, and working with EAL students with English-language acquisition.
Students enrolled at ASH have the opportunity to receive academic support through tutoring services to help with improving identified skills. This opportunity builds both the confidence of the High School tutor and the student receiving the service.
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|
Students learn how to care for animals kept in shelters or who have been injured.
|Coaching or Refereeing at Local Sports Clubs or ABF|
A variety of sports teams encourage High School students to assist with coaching, training and refereeing children’s teams.
You can volunteer to fill food crates for on Thursday mornings (during your breaks) for families who are struggling to feed their families in our local area.
Students care for animals in need, such as goats, sheep, cats or a donkey, who are brought to the animal farm for their ‘retirement’.
|Local Residences For People With Disabilities|
Students learn to care for people with disabilities. Activities are the residences can involve reading aloud, going for walks or swimming together, playing musical instruments, or even helping during meal times.
Students who volunteer can play games with children and visit with families who are temporarily residing at refugee centers in our local area.
During the weekends, you can help prepare meals for people who are homeless in The Netherlands.
|Working with the elderly at senior homes or at their own home|
Some High School students volunteer to work with elders in our community. They visit, talk, have tea, read aloud, play guitar and piano, help with meals and go for strolls.
Service Learning Trip Tanzania
Service Learning Trip Tanzania
Service Learning Trip Tanzania
Service Learning Trip Pratham
Service Learning Trip Pratham
Service Learning Trip Thailand
Service Learning Food Bank