We work together with Purple Community Fund (PCF), to help families in the Tondo community work their way out of poverty by providing them with the necessary equipment and upskilling needed to support their livelihoods.
Service Learning is one of our core pillars of learning. At SJI International, we strive to provide opportunities for every student, from Grades 7 to 12, to engage in community meaningfully in order to deepen their understanding of local issues, make connections to global issues, and develop skills that will equip them to be positive contributors to societies in the future.
Student action arises out of curricular learning and co-curricular community engagement.
Student choice and voice is valued at each grade level. Systems in place are designed to support student-initiated action and a student-led service-learning council is actively involved in decision-making and mentoring of individuals and interest groups throughout the school year. This council also maintains a Service Learning Google Site that celebrates student initiative and achievement.
Service-learning is underpinned by a rigorous pedagogical framework, which guides the students to undertake systematic research and considered preparation, and culminates in reciprocal action, benefitting the needs of all partners. This approach to service-learning is bound by the process of continuous reflection which provides growth and development opportunities for every student.
We have a wide range of community partnerships that we work with, both in Singapore and beyond, so that students are able to learn from experts in the field, exchange ideas, and co-design action plans. We aim for reciprocity as we learn with our partners and recognise the value of diverse perspectives and approaches. Environmental stewardship and sustainability are also priorities in our service-learning programme.
Purple Community Fund and its sister charity, Upskills+ Foundation, are organisations founded by Jane Walker in support of the Tondo community in Manila, Philippines. PCF and Upskills+ strive to break the cycle of poverty through the acquisition of new skills, education, welfare and livelihood programs. We engage with our partner through Ring pull collection, marketing and selling of ring pull products, acting as brand ambassadors, organising special events to raise funds, sponsoring scholars through non-uniform days.
Touch Home Care
Touch Home Care is an organisation that aims to provide a better quality of life for the elderly and vulnerable across Singapore. We engage with our partner through the packing and delivering meals to people in need through the Meals-on-Wheels program, making sure dinners, as well as other additional foods, are delivered on time for clients to enjoy.
Likhang Puso (Made by the Heart) is a foundation established in 2019, that strives to empower the indigenous youth in the Philippines, particularly the Hanunuo Mangyan, through enhancing the quality of education they receive. We engage with our partner through building awareness of the importance of indigenous knowledge systems and the need to preserve them, organising educational and fundraising events such as webinars, online concerts, thrift clothes sales and social media campaigns.
The Blue Dragon Marathon Walk 2021 was an opportunity for anyone worldwide to lace up their shoes and get moving for a great cause.
A team of superstar student leaders shared their service-learning journeys at a CIS online virtual conference.
Our Challenge week group has partnered with Gili Eco Trust to raise awareness for the issue of coral reef bleaching.
Grade 7 - Loola's Safe Water Garden Project
Grade 7 students begin their service-learning experience with direct work on the Safe Water Gardens, a life-saving sanitation project driven by Loola on Bintan Island, Indonesia. The initiative is integrated into the Geography curriculum of the academic year as students are encouraged to foster connections. To find out more about our partnership with Loola, please watch this video: Magic of Safe Water Gardens SJII and LooLa - the magic of Safe Water Gardens
Grade 8 - Environmental Action
Grade 8 students continue their service-learning experience with grassroots initiatives to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). In Term 1, all students engage in training sessions with Heartware Network facilitators, to ensure that they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to create their own environmental service projects in Term 2.
Grade 9 - Co-Curricular SG Based Groups
Grade 9 students work on achieving their National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Bronze, whilst engaging in service work with local partners on a weekly basis. These projects range from NLB literacy programmes to walking dogs at animal shelters to home renovations across Singapore and require active participation, initiative and engagement.
Grade 10 - Eco Activists
Grade 10 students work on their Foundation CAS (FCAS) and/or NYAA Silver certification, with the same dedication they practiced in their Grade 9 service journey. Students may also choose to start their own project, such as the Conservation Matters initiative, aiming to raise awareness in SJII’s student community on the importance of conservation of nature, plants and animals.
Grade 11/12 - Challenge Week CAS Project Highlights
At the IBDP level, students follow CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service), and are required to design an individual experiential learning programme with a significant service element, which includes service experiences and projects.
In grade 11, students take part in the Challenge Week CAS project in teams of 8/10. Working with partner organisations, students learn about grassroots solutions to local and global issues through engaging in direct and indirect service, advocacy and action research.
We have over 20 established challenge week partnerships including Baan Dada Home in Northern Thailand, Blue Dragon Foundation, an anti-trafficking organisation based in Hanoi, Vietnam that rescues and supports trafficked youth reintegrate into society, and Cahaya Surya Bakti, a learning centre in Johor Bahru that provides education and services to refugees seeking asylum in Malaysia.