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. Grades 7 to 12 engage in community meaningfully to deepen their understanding of local issues, connect 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 are valued at each grade level. Systems in place are designed to support student-initiated action. A student-led service-learning council is actively involved in the 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, guiding the students to undertake systematic research and preparation. It 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 can 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.
Whole School Partnerships
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 by acquiring 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, and 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 partners by packing and delivering meals to needy people through the Meals-on-Wheels program, ensuring that dinners and 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, by enhancing the quality of education they receive. We engage with our partner by 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.
SJI International Service Stories
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.
Spotlight Projects (at each grade level)
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. Please watch this video to learn more about our partnership with Loola.
Grade 8 - Environmental Action
Grade 8 students continue their service-learning experience with grassroots initiatives to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Underpinned by Geography curriculum content which focuses on the relationship between human activity and the environment, all students critically evaluate the school's recycling impact by researching what is recyclable and how the recycling process currently works within the school. Students look to identify improvements in stakeholder recycling understandings and misconceptions, plus processes to support recycling within the school. Through working with an environmental partner, The Plastic Project, students can apply their Geography curriculum understandings to the school ecosystem. In addition, all students collect recycling materials weekly from all classrooms and deposit these into the appropriate bins.
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 every week. These service experiences require active participation, initiative and engagement. These projects range from supporting Touch Homecare to deliver nutritious meals to the homebound elders in Toa Payoh, providing social interaction through playing games with disabled clients at Cheshire Homes, to supporting blind youths with their after-school CCAs at Mountbatten vocational school.
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 start their own project, such as the Conservation Matters initiative, aiming to raise awareness in our student community on the importance of nature, plants and animal conservation.
Grade 11/12 - Challenge Week CAS Project Highlights
At the IBDP level, students follow CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). They must design an individual experiential learning programme with a significant service element, including service experiences and projects.
In grade 11, students participate 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
- Cahaya Surya Bakti, a learning centre in Johor Bahru that provides education and services to refugees seeking asylum in Malaysia.