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Term 1: Year 12 Community Projects

As part of their IB studies, Y12 students plan and deliver a Community Action Service (CAS) Project in conjunction with local and International NGOs.


In November, we were fortunate to witness the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm the Y12 students put into their projects. As a collective, the Y12s thanks to your sons and daughters and the PTG were able to raise over VND 60,000,000 which will be distributed to their community partners in the near future.


Ms Deleporte / Community Coordinator AP2


PROJECT AWARE


The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit organisation with an aim to protect and conserve the planet’s oceans. For our CAS project, we chose to create a campaign in order to raise awareness for Project AWARE and its mission. Project AWARE focuses on two main issues – Sharks in peril and Marine Debris. As opposed to raising funds, we decided our main goal should be to show people how they can get involved and make a difference. We made a short video and posters to highlight significant facts, and we organised a ball game to get people interested in our message. We also prepared a petition against shark finning for fellow students and teachers to sign, which was a great way to help people take action. It was very useful to show students that a seemingly small action, such as signing a petition, can really make a difference. The petition was an absolute success (gathering over 100 student signatures), and we were really glad to see so many students from different years asking questions about the issue. We would like to be able to host a FINathon at some point this year, in hope of continuing to raise awareness, provoke change, as well as create long-term support for Project AWARE.


Sophia Watson / YR12 Student


Project aware is a foundation that helps protect the ocean one dive at a time. The marine debris project aware group have worked together to raise awareness and funds towards to the foundation by making poster and selling goods. We wanted to bring light to the issues that are going on within our ocean and we believe that it is important to protect our ocean. 


Our aim was to raise awareness to the horrors that is going on in the ocean. On our campaign day, we set up an abstract trash pile to provoke a reaction from the students. We set up posters around school to inform and sold food to raise funds. 


Overall, our campaign was a success and we've enjoyed working as a group to raise awareness to a cause we believe in.


Vivi Nguyen / YR12 Student



OPERATION SMILE


After weeks of extensive preparation, we (the Operation Smile team) went beyond our goal by raising funds for three complete surgeries for children with the cleft palate condition. However, our objective was not a financial one - our priority was to spread awareness about this particular issue by distributing posters, presentations and merchandise around school as well as conducting an informative quiz. It was an extremely fruitful experience as apart from developing our collaborative skills, we also learned how to communicate with different layers of staff and coordinate a school-wide event. Furthermore, some of us have decided to continue working with Operation Smile Vietnam in an on-going project to better as many lives as we can. It is truly rewarding to know that we have made a difference; it has redefined the meaning of empathy and what it means to be a global citizen for all of us


Saanya Mishra / YR12 Student



KON TUM


Once again, this year a group of year 12 students got together and collaborated with the Poussières de Vie organisation. Together we planned and organized a campaign in BIS, in order to raise awareness about the low level of education and lack of sanitation for children in Kon Tum. Through the campaign, we also tried to raise funds through our bake sale and teachers verse students competition in school. All the money raised was donated to the Poussières de Vie organisation to further develop the life of children in Kon Tum.


On our campaign day, we were very successful in terms of raising as much funds as possible to support the disadvantaged children in Kon Tum. For the bake sale, all our food and drinks were sold out, accompanied by our lunch quiz and teachers verse students tug of war competition, the campaign was organized and everything went as planned.


As the chair of the project, it was a new experience to organize such an event in school. I think all our group members learned that good communication and team work is essential. Each member was in charge of a different task and when everybody did their job well, the whole project came together perfectly.


Through this project, we were able to have a feel of what it is like to work in a company or charity and how important team work is in projects like these.


Anna Huynh / YR12 Student



LORETO


Now that our campaign day has passed, we are all extremely proud to have been able to orchestrate such an event and are extremely honoured to have been given the opportunity to raise awareness for this cause. Our theme of "Education For All" was eminent on the day as students wore our sticker slogans to prove that they also believe that everyone has the right to attain quality education.


Around a week prior to our campaign day we set up a "book drop" station whereby students could deposit old books that they no longer needed that could potentially be donated to the under-privileged children of the Ca Mau and Tra Vinh provinces which would be stored in rural libraries.


The book drop box soon filled up in no time with help from the PTG and the students. On the day we sold various choices of food and merchandise during break and lunch to raise funds for the cause. We also held activities such as "Guess the Number of Pens", in which the students had to guess the number of pens in a jar, where each guess was 10,000vnd each. All the pens will be donated to the children alongside the money that we have raised for Loreto's "School Pack" Programme.


It is truly satisfying to reflect over the event as it was a great finish to the many weeks of planning and organising that we had to do as a team to make it happen. Overall, we believe that we were successful not only in raising funds for LVAP, but also in raising awareness for the under-privileged children that Loreto aim to help.


Zhuo Ruy Lim and Lan Anh Dinh / YR12 Students



VINACAPITAL HEARTBEAT FOUNDATION


Chronic diseases affect patients indiscriminately but specialised paediatric health care is unfortunately beyond what many families’ incomes can afford. As a solution to this inequality, Heartbeat Vietnam provides funds to the underprivileged so they can have access to the required surgeries, solely motivated by their humanitarian drive to give these children the healthy lives and futures they deserve.


Ever since December 2005, they have helped over 4000 children receive operations. Their success, spirit and unyielding hope have inspired us to help increase that number to the best of our abilities. Though an ambitious challenge, we hoped to raise and spread enough word to fund at least one operation, setting an ambitious target (one that seemed too ambitious at the time) of $1000 when we made our first visit to the Heartbeat Headquarters.


After several weeks of getting to know the NGO, encouraging students to support us, visiting the children at hospitals and hence fuelling our drive to achieve our goal for this project and committed planning, we held our campaign on the 4th of November. Both break and lunch times were busier than we had anticipated owing to the great enthusiasm and giving nature of the students.


At the end of the day we managed to raise 23,124,500VND, more than enough to fund the operation of one child.


This permanent achievement – the fact that we had managed to make an active change to one child’s health, education and life is an immensely fulfilling reward for all our efforts. We wish to take the time to thank everyone, teachers, students, the PTG and many others who contributed, got involved and help support and better the lives of disadvantaged children in Vietnam.


Ji Soo Chung / YR12 Student


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