Service Learning

Making a Difference

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”-Mother Teresa

Victorious Kidss Educaresis committed to develop life-long learners who strive to be caring members of the community and demonstrate a personal commitment to service. The students and teachers work to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Education should aim at teaching a child something outside his own life. One of the many ways of achieving this is by community service. Volunteering and participating in community service is promoted all over the world. Every religion and every culture has endorsed the concept of community service among its members in one form or the other. At Victorious KidssEducares, students are encouraged to participate in community service during school hours. We believe that this is a great way to inculcate qualities like leadership, care, commitment and instill confidence in students. The teaching and learning principles and philosophy of Victorious KidssEducares extends beyond the development of academics, skills and abilities. Our philosophy of education is to develop a personal value system based on the teachings of Vedanta through which the students would guide their own lives to become caring, thoughtful and active members of society and the larger world.

The element service learning and community service is embedded in all the Academic Programmes of the school.

Action Service Programme in PYP

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy”

 -Rabindranath Tagore

In PYP, taking action is an integral 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. Action is best grounded in the students’ own concrete experiences and it can be a small thing that arises from a genuine concern and commitment. It is also noteworthy to understand that as action happens, it may not be witnessed by the teacher, frequently after a unit of inquiry has been completed and often takes place beyond the classroom.

At Victorious Kidss Educares, the communities strive to make the children responsible for their learning. Their motto is “Learning to Love to Learn”. The main goal is to provide the students with tools for life long learning.  They build in them values, which will make them responsible citizens of the world. They also believe that education of a student is a collaborative responsibility; of the student, the teacher and the parent. The school functions as a learning community where teachers act as facilitators and guides.

Following the same ideology, action & service in PYP is considered as an important core element of their curriculum from Early Years. We have introduced a programme called “Action & Service” wherein the students are encouraged to apply their knowledge in various ways, contributing to the community & doing their bit making this world a better place.

The students are guided in the classroom and parents are trained towards making each student’s A&S programme throughout the academic year.

MYP Service asAction

Action is an essential component of the learning process, both as part of the programme’s educational philosophy and as a practical outcome of students’ learning. The MYP aims to help students to take appropriate responsibility in their community. In the IB continuum, this continues with the service component of the DP’s creativity, action, service (CAS) requirements, in which students continue to undertake new challenges, plan and initiate activities, work collaboratively with others, show perseverance and commitment and engage with locally and globally significant challenges.

As students become more aware and acquire a better understanding of the context, and of their responsibilities, they become empowered to make choices about how to take thoughtful and positive action. This action will be different from student to student and from context to context. The action may involve students in:

  • Feeling empathy towards others
  • Undertaking larger and more significant projects
  • Acting on their own
  • Acting collaboratively
  • Taking physical action
  • Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding

As students explore the community, gain personal insight, develop existing and new skills, and grow in confidence and responsibility as they become ‘actors’ in the ‘real world’ beyond school.

DP CAS

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is at the heart of the DP, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies. The component’s three strands, often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:

  • Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. This may include visual and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts and crafts.
  • Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Pursuits may include individual and team sports, dance, outdoor recreation, fitness training, and any other form of physical exertion that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. Through Service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions.

Service experiences can be approached using the Service Learning model. Service Learning is the development and application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified community need. In this research-based approach, students undertake service initiatives often related to topics studied in the curriculum, utilizing skills, understanding and values developed in these studies. Service Learning builds upon students’ prior knowledge and background, enabling them to make links between their academic disciplines and their Service experiences.

CAS encourages students to be involved in local, national and international activities as individuals and as part of a team, enabling them to enhance their personal, interpersonal, social and civic development. It can be both challenging and a personal journey of self-discovery. CAS activities are usually real and purposeful with significant outcomes, extending the student while involving planning, reviewing progress, reporting and reflection on outcomes and personal learning.

Mission Statement of CAS

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’s Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) at Victorious Kidss Educares is an extension of the school’s Vedantic Philosophy where the studetns are encouraged to be virtuous and compassionate global citizens starting from finding their inner light.

We take CAS and its impact on the student’s overall persona and educational development seriously and believe, this core element would help not only the students but also their local and global community.