They collaborated, reflected and demonstrated many of the IB learner profiles and CAS learning outcomes. Every morning, break and lunch, Year 12s were doing their bit to raise awareness for the charities and projects we as a school support which include the Giving Tree, Huaxin Rehabilitation Centre, Indochina Starfish Foundation, River of Hearts and Water Aid. This year there was also an emphasis on the UN Global goals, 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development that 193 world leaders have agreed on to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The Primary Student Council students also got involved by organising a clothes sort for Rivers of Hearts. The aim was to inspire, connect and empower all members of our school community to learn about these great charities and to highlight the importance of being a global citizen.
The most important aspect of CAS is that students reflect on their experiences and discussed what they learnt. Here are some reflections on RAG week from some of our Year 12 students:
RAG week was more than just a success, it helped me understand the ethics of spreading the benedictions of our society. Not only that, this week also taught me the importance of actually doing the actions instead of simply learning it in school. Teaching Primary students the importance of global economic growth was rather challenging, I have to admit, but we were able to (at least I hope) open their eyes to a subject matter in which they haven’t yet encountered in the past. In contrast, we managed to successfully transfer the importance of renewable energy successfully as we managed to convince many children, often by allowing them to recognise themselves, their own faults in not turning off their lights and air conditioning. All in all, this was an experience I won’t forget as it made me so happy to think that I had enlightened the future generation and eclipse the overuse of electricity, at least in some houses.
This week did not go according to plan, yet it still was very effective. We planned to play games and have bake-sales. After the first day (when we played games with the younger students) we realized the students were more interested in the activities then the information on River of Hearts (ROH). Near the end of the first day we went up to a group of little children and told them all about ROH, they were engaged and asking questions and it was clear they were interested in helping. We then decided it was essential to catch their attention and talk to them face to face because that is the only way people will actually listen to you and it is the only way you can really influence them. Many students didn't know what to do, so by informing them about the charity, how to donate, and how they had an opportunity to help out someone in need, they realised how worthwhile this event was. It was a much more effective way of raising awareness in our point of view and we think we informed many students about ROH. Our group worked very well as we quickly adjusted to the changes in our plans, we all knew this was a possibility since events do not always go according to plan. We were very enthusiastic when explaining our charity and we had a great time spending time with students, discussing ROH.
My group's main goal is to raise awareness for the Giving Tree. Throughout the week, we went to both Primary and Secondary to carry out different activities to spread awareness. In Primary, we drew a tree where kids are able to put their hand print onto the paper with different paint colours. For Secondary, we went to different classes during form time to talk to them about the Giving Tree. During lunch time, Julia baked some cookies for the students. However, different from a normal bake sale, the students have to answer a Giving Tree question correctly in order to get a cookie. Overall, Rag Week went well, however, the first day was a bit of a rush as we had forgotten to check the timetable. To improve this, we need to learn to plan ahead. Through this activity, I have learned the importance of communication between each member of the team, in order to work efficiently and with less mistakes. In the future, I need to be more involved in the stages of coming up with ideas. I believe this experience has emphasised the importance of the Giving Tree, and how there are less privileged children out there that required our care and help.