Service as Action

Service I have done this year:

  • USSC
  • Brought supplies to Phuket at CAS week
  • Taught younger kids acrobatics every Friday

How am I meeting the 7 Services as Action learning outcomes:

  1. Become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth

Throughout the course of the year, I have worked with the USSC.  I have had to learn and grow, trying to meet all the expectations of a USSC member. Through writing policies, hosting events and helping the other members I have become more aware of my strengths as a leader. Being the Bear House Captain means I had to lead the entire bear house in the Upper School. I had to become aware of what skills I already possess as a leader and what leadership skills I needed to grow with. As I was just elected as Co-President for the Student Council, I needed to ensure I knew what my strengths and weaknesses were and make a decision as to whether I could successfully become a co-president.

  1. Undertake challenges that develop new skills

I have had to undertake the challenge of writing policies and professional emails, as well as providing helpful input to meetings. This has helped me develop new writing skills, which make me seem more professional and help me express myself more clearly. I have also developed better communication skills by working at meetings to get my idea across. When I am in a meeting I need to be quick when saying my ideas as we have a limited amount of time. I have developed better communication skills, helping me to tell the council ideas in a concise and helpful way. I have had to learn how to present and lead others in activities while partaking in assemblies with the council. Undertaking the challenges of planning, leading and directing student assemblies helped me develop organization skills, listening skills, and collaboration skills.

  1. discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities .
  2. How did you persevere in action?
  3. How did you work collaboratively with others?

Being a member of the student council means I am constantly active in planning, discussing and evaluating student-initiated activities. We are a group of students that plan other activities for other students that raise the spirit and bring a sense of community. We are completely in charge of these activities so we discuss them at length at all of our meetings and once the activities are complete we evaluate and reflect deeply. We face many challenges while trying to come up with activities that are engaging and interesting for the students but we always persevere and get the plan done on time. As we are a group of students, our power does not reach as far as a group of teachers, meaning we face many more problems such as getting resources and booking spaces. This means we have had to work collaboratively to come up with solutions and ensure we are doing our best as a council.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

In order to develop activities that worked for everyone in the school, we needed to develop international mindedness. Our school is extremely international meaning one thing might be completely acceptable for someone but to someone else it is offensive. This means we need to take these things into consideration when planning events. We needed to have an intercultural understanding to ensure we were not being offensive to anyone in our events and assemblies. Being at an international school means we are contantely reminded to have international-mindedness in all of our projects, as we locally and globally engage with communities. The goal of the student council is to bring together the student body as a community, and in order to be a community, everyone needs to have international mindedness and accept the people around them.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

The Student Council are ambassadors for the students meaning we need to be ethical in all of our actions. While planning we take into consideration whether what we are doing is correct and whether it is for the overall good of the student body. We have the advisors of the student body who also help us and ensure we are being ethical in all of our decisions.