ISPP acknowledges its place within the Cambodian community, both for the distinct needs of that community and the rich experiences we gain from our engagement within it. We are a community-centred school and encourage all students, staff and their families to participate in our community through learning and action. In doing so, ISPP aims to foster a lifelong commitment to service beyond school and to contribute to a better, more peaceful world.
In the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Standards and Practices, it is important for students to have the opportunity to act on what they are learning. Through the IB, we have clear expectations of what these actions should be like in the PYP. Taking action is an important conclusion to the learning that incorporates students making connections to what they have learned, applying a variety of real life skills, demonstrating an enduring understanding through concepts and reflecting on the attributes of the learner profile and attitudes.
In the PYP, it is believed that education must extend beyond the intellectual to include not only socially responsible attitudes but also thoughtful and appropriate action. At ISPP, we strive to provide students with opportunities to choose, to act, to decide on their actions and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference. This action will extend the student’s learning, or it may have a wider social impact, and will clearly look different within each age range.
There are four forms of action in the Elementary School:
|Direct Action||Person to person or person to environment||A student picks up litter even though he/she did not drop it.|
|Indirect Action||Person to community||A group of students or a class raises money from a ‘Bake Sale’ for an organisation.|
|Advocacy||Creating an awareness||A student reminds his/her classmates to recycle waste paper or a group of students create a campaign to recycle and share that information.|
|Research for Action||Learning in action / action in learning||A student borrows a library book on his/her own to extend knowledge about something that was learned or pursues his/her own inquiry and shares with the class.|