Standing for Making a Difference, every Primary BISP child has an opportunity to engage with a M.A.D. project, and connect with sections of the community in need of support. We aim for our children at BISP to become compassionate and socially responsible leaders for the future. This will be the start of a lifelong commitment to working together and supporting the communities in which we live, wherever that may be.
The Early Years have chosen projects close to home, so that the children can watch progress and understand the project. They are involved with IXDOS, the Mission Ship, project (see below) and in 2015 are fundraising for medical research into mitochondrial diseases. There is a very special Nursery student with this disorder, and the children have first hand experience of his difficulties. A marathon was held in June 2015 when the whole primary school supported this worthy cause.
In the Early Years, there is a focus on being kind and encouraging thinking about rules and how to keep themselves and others safe and happy. This focus includes living things. Many early years children are still egocentric and we want them to think about how our own actions and behaviours can have an impact on their own and others feelings. We are encouraging them to reflect on their actions and think about what they can do to help others feel safe and happy in all aspects of our lives.
Some of the things early years children might do include: keeping each other safe and happy on the monkey bars or with the digging tools, keeping creatures such as frogs and turtles safe and happy, being sustainable and careful with resources such as water, raising money through selling produce we have made to donate to the IXDOS project, planning a run fun for charity, taking on the role of the teacher sharing our skills and knowledge, working as part of community on a variety of projects e.g. making clean water, a water factory, creating a river etc etc.
Hopefully our young ones will continue to be increasingly considerate of others and their needs as well as their own needs.
IXDOS – MISSION SHIP – Early Years, Year 1, Year 2
Key Stage 1’s MAD (Making a Difference) community focus, is to support the IXDOS medical boat project. We hold an annual major fundraiser for this project.
On February 12th, 2015, all Key Stage 1 children participated in The Amazing Race, a journey to bring medical treatment to children in need. KS1 took turns to paddle a boat up and down the swimming pool for half a day.
All students in the school were invited to support the Race with a donation. All the proceeds went towards completing the IXDOS (more info on the IXDOS at missionship.com).
Weekly MAD foci includes: Every 2 weeks 3 children from each class in Year 1 and 2 are chosen to be in the KS1 MAD Club. Their jobs are to make a difference within the school community. They regularly help out the teachers in Early Years with jobs, help teach Early Years children games or read them stories, help the gardeners by watering the plants in the playground, help tidy the playground toys after playtimes, as well as other jobs around the school that come up.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE – Year 3, Year 4
We have a partnership with SOS Children’s Village, Phuket. SOS Children’s Village Phuket was set up in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. At the time, SOS Children’s Villages immediately provided emergency relief and took care of unaccompanied children. More information can be read on their wedsite sosthailand.org
BISP supports their education programme including, English, and Sport. A group of BISP students visit the SOS Children’s Village every Friday afternoon for about an hour. We take along lots of learning resources and our children teach and learn together with our community partners. 16 children visit each week, selected from all Year 3 and 4 classes, and the children rotate throughout the year.
GOOD SHEPHERD SISTERS, Year 5 and 6
We have a partnership with The Good Shepherd Sisters, Phuket. This foundation has recently built a new school close to Rassada Pier to educate the Burmese children who would not otherwise be able to go to school. You can find out more about the centre at thegoodshepherd.info/projects and theschoolphuket.com.
BISP supports their education programme including, English, Music and Sport. We visit the Mike Mathews Learning Centre every Friday afternoon for an hour. We take along lots of learning resources and our children teach and learn together with our community partners. Some 16 children will visit each week, selected from across the Year 5 and 6 classes, and the children rotate throughout the year. We want every child to have this opportunity to engage and connect with sections of the community in need of support.
For more information on the M.A.D. Project, contact Helen Munoz: [email protected]