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RAG Week: Student Reflections

16 September 2014

Every year, the Year 12 students run activities during RAG Week (Raising Awareness for Giving) to raise the profile of different charities around school. They do this as part of the CAS element of the IB Diploma Programme.

  • CAS students at the British International School Shanghai Raising Awareness for Giving as part of their IB Diploma Programme
  • CAS students at the British International School Shanghai Raising Awareness for Giving as part of their IB Diploma Programme
  • CAS students at the British International School Shanghai Raising Awareness for Giving as part of their IB Diploma Programme
  • CAS students at the British International School Shanghai Raising Awareness for Giving as part of their IB Diploma Programme
  • CAS students at the British International School Shanghai Raising Awareness for Giving as part of their IB Diploma Programme

Year 12 students having lots of fun last week whilst Raising Awareness for Giving

CAS stands for Creativity, Action and Service and IB students must complete activities that fall under each of these as part of their IB. Part of the CAS Programme requires them to reflect on everything they do, and below we’ve collected a few reflections from students on their experience of RAG Week, what they did and what they took from it.

Well done to all Year 12 students on a great RAG Week, getting the whole school involved and raising awareness of some great charities, both local and international.

Meharbaan Bahra: Huaxin Rehabilitation Centre

During RAG Week my group and I arranged for the primary school students in Years 3 - 6 to take part in an obstacle course in order to inform them about the Hauxin rehabilitation centre.

The reason we set up this course was to allow children to understand what it feels like and the limits and challenges you have to face when dealing with the problems that the children at the centre have.

We told the children that they couldn’t use their hands to go through the obstacle course and if they wanted to do it again they had to do it without using one leg. This was just a fun way of getting them involved and informing them that there are children out there that aren't able to use certain parts of their body or struggle with it and that’s why they have to go to therapy on a regular basis.

I felt that this was a very good way to get children involved as they had fun and at the end they really listened to what we were saying and understood the purpose of the activity. 

At some points this activity was quite challenging as it attracted a lot of attention and so large groups of children began to join in without having any sort of idea as to why. So this was difficult as we needed to really quiet everyone down, and slowly explain to them why we are doing this.

We as a group worked well together in planning and initiating activities as there were different roles and jobs and we all had our own responsibility.

I feel good about being involved as I felt that the kids fully understood and will take this knowledge with them and it was a successful week. I also feel that I learnt a lot especially with working with my own group and working with the little kids, it was challenging at times and required a lot of patience and commitment. 

Mandy Zhang: Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School

During RAG Week, our group organised ourselves to raise awareness both in secondary and primary during morning form time and lunch time.

We made two large boards one demonstrating our school and the other one demonstrating the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School. We asked students to stick little cards which have words such as 'Big Classrooms' or 'No Heating or Air Conditioner' etc. onto each board to demonstrate to students which school has what kind of facilities. At the end, the boards should show that students in our school actually have a lot of good facilities and opportunities that students in the migrant school don’t have.

By showing this, we raised awareness for the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School and also encouraged students to join an ECA club in school to try to help the students in the migrant school receive better facilities and learning environments.

For the first day of RAG Week, we found that although we were fully prepared, it was still very difficult to try to get people's attention in secondary. The boards worked amazingly in the primary school and the students were really concentrating while we introduced the migrant school. However, secondary students were less attracted to the boards than the younger children and we found that it was a challenge for us to catch people's attention. If we could do this project again, we would probably use different strategies to attract people in primary and secondary.

I really enjoyed this CAS project. I undertook new challenges and developed new skills and fel that our team worked really well together. From this CAS project, I learnt that we actually have a lot more, in terms of education and future opportunities, than the migrant children and we should therefore help others whenever we can and also be very grateful for what we have.

Jesscia Formen: WaterAid

Our group raised awareness for WaterAid, a foundation which aims to provide children with good and clean water all around the world. Me and my classmates (Jamie, Helen and Min Kyu) sat together and planned different kind of things which we could do to make people aware of the fact that children die every day because of a lack of water.

We built up a table and played slideshows of poor, thirsty children while we were stopping people and telling them about WaterAid. 

It was a fun activity, because I really enjoyed going up to teachers and students and talking to them about the issue of clean water. It was an effort to plan all the things we were going to do, but in the end it was all worth it! Being involved into this activity made me happy, because I told other people what is going on in our world. We are the ones who can help them and make a difference. You have to make people aware of that. Raising awareness for WaterAid helped my self-confidence because I knew I was doing something good. I knew I was helping these children. This activity also taught me a lesson: we should be happy with what we have. We should be happy that we do not have to suffer because of lack of water, like these children do every day. If I could do it again, I definitely would do it.