During the last week of term Lower School pupils enjoyed taking part in another Middle Years Programme (MYP) Community Day event, continuing their work from the first Community Day that took place in October.
MYP Community Day is part of the MYP Community Project, which gives pupils an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in their various communities and address those needs through service learning.
This year’s theme is ‘Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: Embodying the IB Learner Profile’.
Dmitriy Ashton, IB MYP Coordinator, explains the format of the day, “ Form 2 pupils focused their attention on examples of inventions, innovations and campaigns that have helped improve the situation in communities. They also discussed ideas as to what we could do in our lives to make a difference.”
Dmitriy continues, “Form 1 pupils talked about the many problems facing people around the world in the global community. They also looked briefly at the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which are designed to tackle the three big global problems of poverty, inequality and the environment. Based on the pledges that the pupils had made, they were provided with more dedicated time to take concrete actions with an ultimate goal of improving lives within their local communities. The student action may have taken a form of campaigning, raising awareness, taking physical action, changing their behaviour or learning more about the problems that exist within our local communities.”
Dmitriy concludes, “It is exciting seeing the pupils’ positive engagement within the lessons and the way the pupils are developing their research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-management skills.”
Form 2 pupil Sofia remarks, “It was interesting to think about how the pandemic has not just affected the world globally, but to focus on local issues closer to home. My pledge to do something positive locally was to volunteer to help out in the Rutland Food Bank with my mum and encourage friends and family to donate food and household supplies to support vulnerable families who have been affected by covid.”
Below are a few examples of the work completed by Form 1 pupils.