Service as Action
Making a Positive Difference to the World

As a key part of our curriculum, Service as Action (SA) encourages students to participate in activities that make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. With a year-long service focus at each grade level, all students of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6 - 10 are expected to engage in these activities. Students in grade 6 focus on Global Poverty & Local Action; in Grade 7 - Animals & Their Rights; in Grade 8 - Understanding the work of NGOs; in Grade 9 - Sustainability and The Eco-Schools Project; and in Grade 10 - Disability Awareness.

Arising from the curriculum, SA focuses on the important issues of the day, learning how to inform others, engage in advocacy, and how to take individual action and to organise collective action. Action is followed by reflection, where students consider the impact of their actions on both the community and their own development.

At BIS we are concerned about the holistic development of students. We are not only concerned about academic levels and extra curricular skills but with the development of character and personality. Becoming wonderful people! Learning through experience – through Service as Action allows this to happen.
- Isabel Moraes, MYP 1-3 Service as Action Coordinator at BIS