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Habitat for Humanity – Youth Build in China!

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A small group of Grade 11 leaders embarked on a 3-day trip to Guangzhou, China to partake in Habitat For Humanity (HFH) (  Young Leaders Build program. Despite having a shorter duration in comparison to CDNIS HFH’s other International Build Trips, this was due to the nature of the trip being slightly different as well. As this was a collaboration between various organizations other than CDNIS, there were many volunteers who were new to service learning, and this provided a first experience where we were tasked with brick transport, digging foundation, mixing cement, and building walls. “Building Homes, Building Hope” is one of the key slogans that represent HFH and many of us were able to witness this firsthand. We encourage many of you young leaders to take advantage of the plentiful opportunities that not only HFH offers but other organizations or events as well. Involving yourself and becoming an engaged member of the wider community and take small steps towards reaching larger goals! Good luck everybody!

Celebrating Semaine de la Francophonie and Supporting Christian Action!

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On the days between March 15 and March 18, Canadian International School’s very own French Club celebrated French Week! Woo-Hoo!

With a fabulous bake sale full of French fresh, hot, and delicious goodies and mouthwatering crepes, the French Club raised an astonishing 9,738 HKD with the help of eager, hungry students. There was a wide range of students from different grades gathering to help us make this happen. French is a language that students love and our love for the French culture and helping society by supporting Christian Action transcends many grades. Christian Action is a local NGO that supports recent refugees in Hong Kong, many of whom are French speakers. Many students came to support the games that were hosted in the gym. The games were diverse and spectacular. The French Club worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them. Many thanks to Mr. Bourcier, Ms. Nobert, Ms. Hosick, and Mr. Breton for being so supportive.

Raven House Lip-Balm Service Workshop

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On Saturday, March 5th, a group of students from grades 3-6 gathered at CDNIS to participate in a Lip-Balm workshop Service Activity. Coordinated through Raven House NGO HandsOn Hong Kong and Green Social Work, students created their own lip balm donations using natural materials like beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils. Not only did the students learn a new skill, they also contributed to a community need. As we transition seasons, elderly populations in Hong Kong require personal care items. The lip balms were donated to the Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre in Pok Fu Lam to be distributed to those who will use these products. Lower School Student Council (LSSC) Raven House representative Nikki accompanied Ms. Rebecca Tupling to make the delivery.

CDNIS Business Club – KIVA microloans

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The CDNIS Business Club is a student-led organization dedicated to providing real-world venture experiences through which members can learn and apply entrepreneurial business techniques.  The club designs, sources and produces school-themed products. Proceeds from which go into the club’s annual KIVA loans to entrepreneurs in around South-East Asia.  Read more about the KIVA Loans: Mao’s GroupHidup Baru GroupTa Mawt Hpyar Village GroupMarita and Happiness Group.


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This year there were 13 trips in Hong Kong and abroad that had service learning components, and these video links highlight the variety of authentic community needs addressed in their specific communities.

Click on the links below to see a short student-made video about these trips with service learning experience built-in!

Hong Kong – Cooking for a Cause
Hong Kong – Crossroads

Fiji – Vinaka for making a difference!
Japan – Ecosystem Restoration

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Caring for Hong Kong’s trees

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A group of Grade 7 Students learned that ‘service’ can also include caring for our more-than-human world on our recent Grade 7 Service Learning Day on November 20th. Students visited forested areas near Mui Wo to help care for small trees that are part of reforestation projects on Lantau Island. Students made mesh wire supports for the trees, watered thirsty seedlings and learned about the ecological impacts of urbanization and forest fires.

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Feeding Hong Kong

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Across the Lower School, Orca House hosted a non-perishable food item drive to collect items to donate to Feeding Hong Kong, an organization that works to eliminate hunger and food distribution inequality locally in Hong Kong. To continue this experience, Grade 7 students led this drive, packed the items and brought them to the Feeding Hong Kong warehouse to pack up Holiday Hampers for Hong Kong citizens in need this December. Additionally, grade 7 students made holiday cards to accompany the food items and share a little cheer!

“I worked collaboratively with others because in the morning we ran up and down stairs carrying boxes full of food donations and we sorted them out in food groups….I learned that more people than we think don’t have enough food to eat in Hong Kong every day.”
– Zoe Boh,
Feeding Hong Kong

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Plastic Free Seas

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Another option as part of the Grade 7 Service Learning Day was to participate in a boat expedition and beach cleanup with Plastic Free Seas aboard their new Sea Classroom! Students had the opportunity to view ocean organisms, clear remote beaches in Hong Kong of trash and to learn about the harmful impacts of disposable plastics.

“I learned that there are so many things living in the water, that [are] barely visible to the human eye. I also learned that we should all try and cut the consumption of plastic. If we all stopped buying non-essential plastics and styrofoam, our oceans would be so much cleaner.”
– Julian Hill,
Plastic Free Seas

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Organic Farming on Cheung Chau

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered at a family organic farm on Cheung Chau island. Students learned how to make a herb spiral based on principles of permaculture and helped the Lam Family create trellises to care for their vegetables.

“I learned that some people really have to work for their food and that I am really lucky just to be able to have good food.”
– Aiden Lewis,
Organic Farming

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – SoapCycling Option

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered with the NGO SoapCycling to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, one child at a time. SoapCycling collects and sanitizes slightly used hotel soaps and these life-saving items are then distributed to underprivileged families and schools in disadvantaged communities around the world, particularly Asia.

“I feel that I collaborated greatly with my classmates and we did a fantastic job. We ended up finishing a whole box of clean soaps, and I was really proud of what we accomplished today.”
– Vitoria Careiro-Zhu,
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