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MYP Community Day Form 2

05th October 2022

Oakham’s latest IB Middle Years Programme Community Day saw Form 2 pupils looking at ways in which they could improve lives in their local and wider communities. They also turned their thoughts towards migration and refugees, looking at reasons why people leave their homes, travel to other countries and the support they might need once they arrive to become part of new communities.

Dmitriy Ashton, the IB MYP Coordinator observed: “As IB learners, our aim is to be caring members of our communities who act to make a positive difference to the lives of others.  Learning more about those around us and developing our inter-cultural understanding will allow us to make that positive difference.”

Lucy Breag, the Head of Smallbone Library and the MYP Community project Coordinator remarked: “Throughout the day, Form 2 pupils showed a keen interest in the topic of migration. They made connections between their knowledge from studying the novel The Other Side of Truth, about Nigerian political refugees, which was their summer reading, and discussions we had around reasons why people leave their homes.  The artwork they produced showed a great deal of consideration of the journeys refugees endure once they have made the difficult decision to leave their homes behind in search of safety. The artwork from the day will be proudly displayed in the Smallbone Library.”

Moving forward, Oakham’s pupils will be given regular opportunities to take direct action within their local communities. Their focus will be on developing courage to make positive contributions that promote care and connection within their local and wider communities.

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