CAS and Community and Service
- Spring Carnival - Originally created by our former CAS coordinator to raise money for victims of the Asian Tsunami of 2004. It was reorganized as a secondary school Community Service project where each homeroom contributed to the day. This has become a permanent fixture at BISS.
- Project Tabitha - Took a small group of students to Cambodia to build houses for two families. Students raised the money to build the houses.
- Adopt-a-village program instituted. A collaborative project with Free the Children, a Noble prize winning organization, to help raise money for rural village schools. This became a permanent fixture at BISS with grade 11 Service Week, in which our grade 11 students spend four days volunteering at Free the Children schools in Hebei Province.
- Hoops for
Hope - Organized Austin Gutwein visit. His talk helped start BISS's "Sports for Support" in which the grade 6 through 8 students raise money for a Chinese charity and pledge to shoot so many basketballs soccer balls. Students also have the option to run laps or serve volleyballs.
- Reorganized CAS program in response to CAS moderation
- Used wikispaces to create an online CAS journal. The page is still being used by BISS's current CAS coordinator.
- Notable Mentions in WASC/IBO accreditation report: The Visiting Team commends the School for:
- developing an appropriate and varied CAS programme which places emphasis on Service and detailed, planned reflective practices by the students involved in the programme.
- encouraging and supporting students to be involved in service projects that provides a climate in which students learn to respect and value action.
- ensuring that community and service is part of all students’ MYP experience in every year of the programme.
- encouraging and supporting students to be involved in service projects that provide a climate in which students learn to respect and value self-initiated action.