This is a presentation with my plan for Service As Action in grade 10:
How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
It challenged me to take initiative to ask or communicate with people, especially by working together in partners instead of staying behind the scenes and allowing other people do the work. It is evident through the emails that we sent out to different teachers and each other when we need to complete certain tasks. This improved my ability to solve conflicts…
How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
We started off by brainstorming and doing some preliminary research to understand the situation of the problem in Hong Kong. A communication group was established through emails to teachers and students to help us collect data/information. We planned our service as action based on the time we have. For example, we only start creating the websites during summer, which is when we have more time to film and edit the video tutorials. This will give us time to do some research/collect any useful materials from now to summer and there will hopefully be enough content by the end of summer for the students to use it during the year. If we are successful, we will have some form of evaluation method later as well by receiving feedback from the targeted group that we can reflect on. We don’t actually know if our actions will work, but the statistics are on our side and there is an actual need for a solution to the problem.
How did you persevere in action?
How did you work collaboratively with others?
I was working with Nicola throughout the process and we planned things/brainstormed together starting from the beginning. We used shared documents to do so and communicate in between classes as well to ensure that we are on track with the work. Additionally, we did not have specific roles/responsibility for each person and we worked to divide up the work by 50% each. This way, we can support each other in areas that we are stronger/weaker at.
This year, I am going to try to balance service within our school and service outside of school. I have joined the Reading Tree and the photography team. I can volunteer and actively participate in the events relating to these 2 clubs. I can extend the club activities outside of school where I can read to the less fortunate or take photographs of the poor and raise awareness. Last year during service day, I participated in a food drive event where we had collected and organized the food brought in by students, parents, and staffs and delivered it to Feeding Hong Kong. I want to do something similar again this year because the entire CDNIS community can contribute easily and help out. Additionally, I want to participate in walkathons and beach clean ups for more service participation around the Hong Kong community.
Yesterday, Dr. Steve Fabes came in and talked to us about his adventure with his bicycle. He has traveled around most parts of the world(6 continents, 55countries and 69,644 km ) starting from 2010, January. He was just an ordinary doctor in an ordinary hospital in London, but he decided that he wants to change his ordinary life and make it more challenging, where he can take risks, experience more and understand more about the world around him.
I think he is a really good example on taking actions and trying to do something that’s different from others. He is trying and willing to step out of his comfort zone and try new things. This is exactly what an risk-taker, reflective and knowledgeable person ( from the IB Learner Profile)should do. I also appreciated the braveness that he’s got, which makes him a very inspirational person.
This is Dr. Steve Fabes. Click on the picture to see his website!