House Service Learning
When the House System was developed, one of the main goals was to make CAS more authentic and integrated into the whole Upper School. The House System being a vertical alignment of students allows for service and other activities to be more sustainable and more inclusive at all ages. The overall goal was to find a way to get 100% of our student population involved in some kind of service and to introduce the concept of International Mindedness, something that the traditional CAS program did not address at all.
We wanted to explore ways that we could further promote and recognize what our current, student-led, service projects are doing, as well as, giving students from grades 6-9 a more authentic experience with service and other activities. We also developed a “service theme” for each of the Houses to help build community spirit behind a common goal.
This ‘service theme’ approach was not developed to limit what students are already doing, but to add more avenues of experiences that will allow students get more involved. It would also allow for a smaller community, within our larger community, to make a difference.
The aim this year is to continue to encourage more involvement in our current student-led service groups and to also develop the House themes by exploring opportunities for active participation. Already student groups are feeding back that their membership numbers have grown significantly and that the work they are doing is greatly supported by this new development in Service Learning at FIS.
The integration of service-related discussions during House meetings will also help build awareness and promote further involvement throughout the year. We are also developing a ‘Service Wall' in the Stroth Center to create a large visual of information about we are doing as a school.
Ultimately, we want this program to grow organically with ideas inspired by the students and the community in general. We are currently exploring many ideas within the school and in our local community to support these themes.