As a Catholic Lasallian School, we have a common mission to enable "students to learn how to learn and learn how to live, empowering them to become people of integrity and people who care for others." At SJI International Elementary School, we enable our students to make a conscious and explicit connection between serving others and the basic tenet of human development – forming a Lasallian character. We broaden pupils' education at SJI International Elementary beyond the school curriculum by providing practical charitable experiences.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi
This programme is our own, age-appropriate, version of the British Duke of Edinburgh Award or the International Baccalaureate’s CAS programme and is designed to give students opportunities for development beyond academics in areas such as personal responsibility, the building of self-confidence, acquisition of new skills and to encourage a balanced lifestyle. CASS stands for Community, Activity, Sport and Service. The explanations below summarise the big picture for each section.
In the Upper Elementary School, we encourage all students to take part in a range of activities in and out of school. For many students, the award will give recognition for hobbies, sports, skills and interests they already take part in. For others, it may challenge them to try some new skills and to allow our children to be risk-takers. Our enduring aim is to develop our children into well-rounded citizens of the future. The award comprises three levels of achievement – bronze, silver and gold. Credits are awarded at each level, with children aiming to gain a specific number of credits to reach their target. We celebrate our success in a dedicated CASS Assembly each term.
Each student will be allocated a CASS Student Handbook, which provides all the details for planning and recording activities. This booklet allows each child to evaluate their successes and set personal targets.
We welcome all to come and join us in the Upper Elementary School and participate in our CASS projects, as we challenge ourselves to make a difference in the world today and in the future.
Volunteering within the school community offers the chance to make a difference in people's lives and to use students' skills and experience to help their school community. Students can use this opportunity to become involved in a project they care about.
There is a hobby or activity to suit everyone, so students can choose something they are interested in. They are developing a skill that helps them get better at something that captures their imagination and gives them the confidence and ability to use it both now and later in life.
Doing physical activity is fun and improves students' health and physical fitness. They may already participate in a number of these sports in or outside school.
Volunteering within the local community gives students a chance to make a difference in the lives of local people, animals or the environment. There are many projects students might become involved with, or they could start on their own.