High School

Action as Service

“At ISS, meaningful service-learning is integral to our mission and philosophy. It creates opportunities for age appropriate awareness and transformation of self and others through sustainable, reciprocal relationships built with communities and individuals in local and global contexts.”

Our Vision for Action as Service

In Grades 9 and 10 (Years 4 and 5 of the MYP), students will build on their work in ‘Action as Service’ from the first three years of the programme to enhance their experiences through experiential learning. Students use the IB Learner Profile as a basis on which to measure their engagement within the research, planning, action and reflection embedded in the process of Action as Service . At this level, many activities will be directly related to curriculum units, some spanning several subject areas with a focus on an MYP global context, which has real impact on a community. Our annual ‘Week Without Walls’ trips have a real focus on action as service and enable students to participate in regional social or environmental issues working with villages, schools and agencies in Vietnam and Cambodia as well as working on a multitude of local projects here in Singapore.

In Grades 11 and 12, IB Diploma students must complete Creativity, Activity and Service as a compulsory component of their curriculum. Students engage in purposeful, challenging activities that are self initiated and generally try to find an area of interest that will support their applications to Higher Education or beyond. Students should show development in their planning from an MYP level and their reflection on the outcomes of their activities and their own personal development and learning carry great weight in their final graduating requirements. Students have been involved in projects such as creating a basketball court for an orphanage in Indonesia, building boats for children to go to school in the Philippines, working with local organisations and charities for children who require support with reading, mathematics, sports or general activities, working with animal welfare groups, children’s hospitals and local health care centres or homes for children or the elderly, providing tuition for domestic workers, and running projects in school.

Action as Service starts within our own community and extends on a local, regional and global scale and our students have travelled all over the world participating in areas where they feel they can demonstrate a worthwhile commitment to others whilst learning more about themselves in the process. We can guide you in this process even if you have never done MYP, DP or action as service before; the key is to be inspired and challenged in a meaningful way!