Our CKWA Earth Month is a good awakening of awareness for environmental protection.
This April, with the efforts of our Kaiwen Student Leaders,we have been leading a sustainable lifestyle within the community,
whilst developing growth and kindness.
Activities in Earth Month
April in CKWA is full of various activities themed around our Earth Month: students of all grades walk into the Green Garden, exchange items with each other in the Swap Shop, and enjoy a vegetarian lunch on Meatless Mondays … A series of activities were held both successfully and meaningfully, raising and strengthening the community’s awareness of environmental protection.
In April, two swap shops were set up by our pupils with the help of our Secondary Student Leaders. Students were requested to bring in unwanted items to school, and for every item brought in, they received a ticket on which to write their name, and kept till the day of the scheduled visit to exchange the tickets for items. The aim of the Swap Shop which is to raise our students’ awareness about sustainability and recycling.
Every K-12 class was given the chance to visit our large on-campus school garden within one Science lesson to take part in a hands-on activity to plant some shoots, where the Gardeners on-site were there to demonstrate how to plant and nurture crops. Through the simple act of nurturing plants and crops, our students were given the opportunity to observe and understand the principles behind the life cycle whilst connecting with the natural world.
For three Monday lunchtimes in April, the school cafeteria offered a meat-free lunch menu. The aim is to raise awareness of how reducing our meat consumption can benefit the environment by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, as well as conserving water and vegetation. Our student leaders introduced the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, and how meat alternatives can have equivalent nutritional values.
Please note that all these activities are not designed by the school, but originally came from the students themselves.
Ms. Farah Sun, Director of Enrichment Program, said “the idea of celebrating Earth Month was put forward by our Secondary Student Leaders, and we thought it was a very good attempt of thinking about actions to make the world better, and pass on such ideas within the community. The school is always providing opportunities to develop students’ skills in leadership and creativity. We will definitely fully support our Student Leaders, and help to ensure the success of this series of activities in Earth Month. “
Growth happens everywhere
CKWA is committed to holistic education. In addition to rigorous academic learning, the school also provides a variety of opportunities to cultivate children’s comprehensive qualification and soft power, which is not to achieve overnight, but through different chances such as student leadership team, assemblies, service projects etc., providing equal opportunities for all students so that their growth can happen on campus at any time.
Abilities in leadership, representation and negotiation are valuable “soft skills” that students should master in their growth. Our school, college and class communities provide precious opportunities for them to show their leadership. This includes the appointment of a head boy and a head girl, school prefects and both secondary and primary house captains in all six houses. Meanwhile, we choose student representatives from each class to form the School Council so that students can make their voice heard.
CKWA holds primary and secondary assemblies every week. Besides the key items regarding the study arrangement and special events of the week introduced by school leaders, we also introduce important topics such as “mental health week” and “anti-bullying week”. Crucially, we allow our
students to take the lead in the introduction of many of these topics, as well as encouraging them to address the school on concepts as wide ranging as their recent reading to inter school competitions they have participated in. Through independent organization, action, reflection, review and improvement, students develop their leadership skills.
Short for Creativity, Activity and Service, CAS is an integral and central part of the IBDP Curriculum in the last two years of high school curriculum. In the CAS programme, students will take on new challenges, and gain opportunities to stretch out of their comfort zone. To broaden students’ leadership opportunities, we deepen and extend our CAS programme, making it available to all of our secondary students. In this way, students have the chance to develop their skills in advance of starting the IBDP CAS, as well as being able to generate their own student led initiatives. During the current academic year, these have included a “Be the Change” project in which students drove forward plans to make our campus more environmentally sustainable. As May is approaching, the Earth Month is also ending. However, it is the constant persistence and initial aspiration of the Kaiwen community to provide students with an educational environment where growth occurs at any time.