Stu­dents be­come role mod­els and lead­ers when they help those in need

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AS HEAD OF OUR SCHOOL Coun­cil, it’s my duty to reg­u­larly meet with a small group of chil­dren and dis­cuss ways in which we, as a school, can im­prove and get bet­ter. With a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each class, we share ideas and make re­al­is­tic sug­ges­tions, which I then re­lay to our lead­er­ship team. As mem­bers of the School Coun­cil, our chil­dren feel com­pelled to help oth­ers, raise stan­dards through­out our school and rep­re­sent them­selves and us in the best way pos­si­ble. This re­spon­si­bil­ity brings ma­tu­rity to our stu­dents, who strive to be role mod­els for their peers.

Our school re­cently aligned it­self with Friends for Street Chil­dren (FFSC), a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion based here in Ho Chi Minh City.

The char­ity strives to help home­less and dis­placed chil­dren gain a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cess to health care and so­cial in­te­gra­tion. In sup­port­ing Friends for Street Chil­dren, our chil­dren have gained a sense of char­ity and a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how we can help those in need. In the class­room, we con­sis­tently fo­cus on per­sonal learn­ing goals dur­ing our In­ter­na­tional Pri­mary Cur­ricu­lum lessons, goals such as re­spect, in­tegrity and re­silience. In fund rais­ing and do­nat­ing to char­ity, this ven­ture has given us an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate these val­ues in the wider world.

At the be­gin­ning of April, our school held an event called the Saigon Roller Dash. Putting a spin on our more tra­di­tional fam­ily fun/open days, we ad­ver­tised for fam­i­lies to at­tend our school and bring along any form of wheeled trans­port that they might have. Bicycles, rollerblades and skate­boards were all present and we used our school grounds to pro­vide live music, games, food stalls and re­fresh­ments. The sales from tick­ets and stalls gen­er­ated a fan­tas­tic amount of just over VND45 mil­lion— the en­tire amount went to FFSC.

In the fol­low­ing weeks, the School Coun­cil then met to con­sider how we thought the money could be used.

The chil­dren dis­played an in­cred­i­ble ma­tu­rity and thought­ful­ness dur­ing the process, en­quir­ing about tu­ition fees, cloth­ing, ed­u­ca­tional toys and books, be­fore then com­ing up with a range of ideas on how we could raise even more money and con­tinue to sup­port the char­ity in the fu­ture. We also met with Ms. An, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from FFSC. Af­ter in­tro­duc­ing the char­ity to the whole school through an as­sem­bly and pre­sen­ta­tion, Ms. An then helped the School Coun­cil gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the work that the char­ity does on a day-to-day ba­sis and how it helps in­di­vid­u­als in need. Be­fore leav­ing, mem­bers of our School Coun­cil pre­sented Ms. An with a check for the money we had raised. We were thrilled to then learn that the money will go to­wards sup­port­ing 10 chil­dren on their schol­ar­ship in­te­gra­tion to Grade 6 pro­gram and the re­main­der to­wards the char­ity’s school build­ing project.

Look­ing for­ward, we are keen to main­tain this re­la­tion­ship and con­tinue to raise money through dif­fer­ent fund rais­ing events and ini­tia­tives, and es­tab­lish our link with and sup­port for Friends for Street Chil­dren.

War­ren is the Year 1 teacher at Saigon Star In­ter­na­tional School.

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