Middle School Community and Service Programme

An integral part of the IB mission is to support students in 'developing a personal value system that guides their own lives as thoughtful and active members of local and global communities'. Through the Community and Service programme in the MS, the students are encouraged to recognize how their academic and social growth could be beneficial to the needs that exist within their communities. An important fundamental concept of the IB, namely, intercultural awareness, which promotes compassion and respect for others, is also sustained by such a programme. Students are therefore encouraged to identify specific issues, become aware of their responsibilities and be driven to taking positive action in respect of addressing the need.

CAS

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements in every student's Diploma Programmed experience, along with Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay (EE). CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme.

Within the Diploma Programme, CAS provides the main opportunity to develop many of the attributes described in the IB learner profile.

The CAS Programme aims to develop students who are:
• Reflective thinkers – they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth
• Willing to accept new challenges and new roles
• Aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
• Active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
• Balance- they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.

(IB CAS Subject Guide)

Over the years, Naseem International School has been consistently supporting charities in different countries worldwide.

The first of these projects was the fundraiser for patients suffering from cancer. The idea was to assist cancer patients with their medical bills and other expenses for treatments of the illness. The funds were distributed to identified patients within Bahrain and abroad.

One of the major projects we had last year was the 'Rebuilding Houses Project' during which we assisted needy families by successfully rebuilding and restoring 13 old houses from the East Riffa and Isa Town areas

Last year, the NIS community went to Jordan and worked in the Syrian refugee camps, interacting with the Syrian refugees and assisting the medical staff.  AL – Eslah Society for the Children of Syria and money was raised for camping caravans to be used as accommodation for the people of Syria, living in the refugee camps. The funds were raised through the help and support of our students who organized different school events.

Last year's programme also raised money for the purchase of 50 wheelchairs which was donated to hospitals and charity institutions all over Bahrain. Enough money was raised through our cancer awareness programme to purchase a mammogram machine for one of the local hospitals.  Students raised money and created food packages for families in need during the Holy Month of Ramadan, hundreds of families received food donations.

Currently NIS students have

  • Donated money for the Cancer Society of Bahrain
  • Are donating clothing for various charitable organizations
  • Participated in Environmental Awareness by cleaning up the local beaches
  • Organized food drives to help the needy
  • Volunteered at old age homes
  • Organized various trips and tournaments that improve the community at large
  • Participate in gymnastics
  • Participated in the Marathon Relay
  • Lean another language
  • Write stories, speeches, and paint
  • Participate with the school community through Student Council, to raise awareness to improve the community and school spirit

 

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