It is an integral part of the Course that aims to extend students’ personal talents and social commitment through major projects of community worth.
As part of the CAS programme, students undertake a project of at least one month’s duration which requires them to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Our Year 12 students have been busy completing this element of the programme, and have written a few words about their experience.
Daphnee Deleporte, CAS Coordinator
Marine Debris (Project Aware)
After 2 months of preparing for our CAS Project Day, we were overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from students and staff within our school, who helped us raise a total of 15,000,000VND. All proceeds raised will be given to the Project Aware team in the Philippines, helping them to reduce the problem of Marine Debris and the acidification in water it causes. "Be the solution to water pollution"
Phuc Nguyen, Chair of Marine Debris
Poussieres De Vie
Our campaign day has elapsed and the Poussieres De Vie team is extremely proud of their success and are very honoured to have been offered the opportunity to fundraise for an organization that ensures lasting change for children in need.
Our aim was to raise funds and awareness for street children who suffer from inadequate education and lack of sanitation in Kon Tum. By selling merchandise (thermochromic mugs, notebooks, badges and earrings) and organizing activities (wheel of fortune, guess the candies), we raised funds to support the children by buying stationery, books and food. We were pleased with such a successful outcome as we have raised just under 13,000,000VND worth of funds to financially support the children in Kon Tum.
During the process of organising and planning prior to our campaign day, we encountered difficulties when coming up with ideas of activities and products that would be profitable as well as effective in raising awareness. However, after regular meetings, we managed to finalize our ideas and come to a satisfying conclusion.
In response to our campaign day, we learnt that good communication and collaboration were key to our success. We supported each other by dividing responsibilities equally and giving all of our team members the chance to maximize the abilities such as those who are good at public speaking were in charge of assembly presentation and those who are good at designing were in charge of making posters.
This CAS project enabled us to create benefits to society by bringing disadvantaged Vietnamese children back to school and teaching them how to trade, use computers, speak English as well as help them with their personal development.
Finally we gained valuable experience in collaborating with the NGO. This project has instilled in us an understanding and appreciation of working as a team.
Mai Khanh Le, Secretary, and Celine Nguyen, Chair.
EAST is an organization that attempts to combat the illegal wildlife trade in Asia, with a focus on preserving and restoring the endangered populations of pygmy loris and yellow cheeked gibbon, both species unique to Vietnam.
On our campaign day we sold merchandise from EAST, all of which was 100% organic and made of recycled materials to emphasise the purpose of preserving the habitats of these animals.
Our members also organised games and designed posters as well as infographics to help pique the interest of students, as well as to help promote our partner organisation. The experience as a whole was highly rewarding venture and enabled our group to become closer as a whole and allowed for some of us to work with others who we had not had previous experience with.
Additionally the project allowed many to take leadership and other roles that would allow us to then develop the skills of communicating and perseverance. We would also like to thank the PTG and our project contact Dr. Kenyon, who were quintessential for the success of our project.
Toby Le & Justin Lim, Chairs of the BIS HCMC EAST project groups.
After weeks of extensive preparation, the combined effort, diligence and energy committed by the two groups of iB students campaigning for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation resulted in great success for raising awareness of the foundation as well as the remarkable accumulation of funds for charity from donations, participation in the games, and the sellout of merchandise.
On the 4th of November, the teams of students dedicated to the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation had finally put into action weeks of arduous preparation. Student-oriented games and activities held at the open court as well as the sale of student-designed tote bags, wristbands, badges and other merchandise had been managed and held independently by Year 12 students.
The games held at the open court garnered an exceptional (and quite overwhelming) positive response from the younger students especially with the lunch-time activities such as the sponge-throwing where students were allowed to throw wet sponges at teachers’ faces for charity.
A sponsored run for charity was also held during break where students and teachers who volunteered, ran the length of the open court in a relay race for awareness. Another activity which gathered much attention during break was the blind shooting which allowed students to try and shoot basketballs into the ring with blindfolds.
Additionally, the success of the sales of merchandise which were personally prepared, designed and supplied by the groups also contributed to the final total of 12,000,000VND worth of donations and profit which will all be given to the Foundation.
Finally, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation team of Year 12 students wishes to express gratitude to all students, teachers and staff who were involved in and contributed to the success of the campaign day.
Christina Noble Committee