Service Learning & Values Program
Community Service is an integral part of the school mission and culture at RIS. For our community, giving one’s self to others, represents one of the primary tenets of character development that is espoused in the RIS mission statement. With a particular focus on building student awareness of those in need, RIS’s contributions in the arena of service act as an exemplar for many other international schools. Every day, using our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs), the goal is to build upon our students’ foundation of compassion, global citizenship, and civic responsibility.
Across sections teachers and students participate in a variety of community service projects that encourage a lifetime commitment to the less fortunate. With special trips devoted to community welfare, student council initiatives, IB students earning CAS hours and after school clubs devoting their weekends to needy causes, the RIS community is deeply committed to helping others in need.
Students at RIS come from a variety of religious backgrounds. The school respects this diversity, while believing that students can continue to develop and apply values in their everyday life. While Catholic students engage in religion classes, students of other faiths participate in a Values course across every grade level. Respectful of the uniqueness and diversity of the individual, Values enables each student to participate in experiential learning and the evolution of their personal values system. This facilitates the internalization of the course content through lectures, discussions, debates, community service and a variety of cooperative learning and critical thinking activities.
Values courses utilize experiential learning awakening students to the reality of social and economic deprivation in society. As the curriculum is crafted from the mission of RIS and its Redemptorist founders the program seeks to promote essential change through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking and Community Service Learning. Values is also the umbrella that encourages thinking that is predisposed toward intellectual empathy, perseverance, integrity, compassion, humility, generosity, forgiveness and responsibility.
In this world of accelerating change and increasing complexity it is critical that the attributes taught in Values entail self-reflection, open-mindedness, the importance of living a virtuous life as well as building an intellectual framework that is essential to answering questions, solving problems and resolving issues. The Elementary Section focus is one of active and cooperative learning; Middle School focuses on the interrelationship between critical and creative thinking and the High School explores the mechanics of Socratic dialogue and the importance of questioning and enlightening the disciplined mind.
This year in Service
Minburi Remand Institute
Service learning is central to RIS mission and guiding principles and is firmly embedded in both curricular and co-curricular activities across the school. To that end, RIS offers myriad of outreach opportunities for faculty, staff, students and parents.
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Cancer Awareness Week
Students from our Red Cross Club spent a week raising funds to support cancer research while educating the student body on the ways to avoid and/or screen for breast, skin, or prostate cancer. The RIS community participated in special dress down days raising funds for cancer research. The week culminated in over 80 students, faculty, and staff having their hair cut at least 10 inches with the goal of donating their ponytail to an organization which makes wigs for patients struggling against the side effects of chemotherapy.
Habitat for Humanity
The Interact Rotary Club and the Leo Club complete fundraising initiatives across campus, whether it be creating a haunted house, selling concessions during tournaments, raising funds for an annual Habitat For Humanity project or organizing a service trip to a community in Thailand that needs support in building or rehabilitating housing. On average, the clubs raises $7500 to support the Habitat program as well as ensuring nearly 60 students have transportation to and from the multi-day site. This past year the students built 3 new houses and rehabilitated 3 others over a four day period.