Service as Action (formerly known as "Community and Service") in the MYP
At Northview we focus on the development of the whole person, striving to give students opportunities to consider the point of view of another. Through Service as Action students can have experiences that help to develop their awareness of, and sensitivity to, the lives of others beyond their immediate circle. In supporting a holistic learning environment, Northview encourages students to immerse themselves in their communities and experience the links between school, home, and community, and the power of the role each individual can play.
Service as Action is intended to support students in developing:
- An awareness of community and an understanding of the many communities in which each student is a member.
- A recognition that membership in a community comes with responsibilities to that community.
- An understanding of the impact of their action or inaction, and the effect this has on their community.
Northview School encourages every student to act with integrity and a willingness to learn through every interaction. Through Service as Action, students will have the opportunity to not only share their lives, but to gain self confidence, compassion, global awareness and sensitivity that will serve them throughout their lives.
Service as Action Requirements
You may complete up to half of your service hours during the summer before the school-year begins.
Note for Rising Level 1 students: This summer, you may complete up to half of your service hours, if you choose to do so. A lot of our students find that getting a head start on their hours helps them throughout the school-year, when they are a bit busier. If you participate in service activities this summer, please write down the activity, the date and time spent, and take a picture of yourself engaging in the activity. You do not need to worry about downloading the Student Service as Action Template before school starts. In August during school, directions will be given and we will help you through this process on your school-issued laptop.
Note for Rising Level 2 and 3 students: This summer, you may complete up to half of your service hours, if you choose to do so. If you participate in service activities this summer, please write down the activity, the date and time spent, and take a picture of yourself engaging in the activity. You do not need to worry about downloading the Student Service as Action Template before school starts; you will continue to build on the keynote presentation you started last year at Northview. In August, directions will be given on how to add pages to your keynote, and we will help you through this process on your school-issued laptop.
Please listen to announcements for due dates for hours.
What is considered service?
The word “Service” suggests an action resulting in a benefit. When considering which activities to pursue, think about whether someone will be benefitting from your assistance, what kind of interaction will occur, and how that will build or support a community. Finally, consider whether you will have an increased understanding or insight as a result of your service.
Examples of service include:
Tutoring as a community center or another setting,
Working at a soup kitchen or food closet,
Participating in a service activity with Scouts,
Assisting the elderly (outside of your family),
Working on a project for a developing nation such as Samaritan’s Feet, Samaritans’ Purse, etc.,
For more ideas check with your place of worship, community organizations, social clubs, and our website.
What is not considered service?
Any activity which involves assisting a member of your family.
An activity that you would normally participate in anyway such as a choral concert dance performance, or competition.
Any activity where you are financially rewarded.
Any repetitive, solo activity such s stuffing envelopes or shelving books where there is no interaction with others.
The same activity for all your required hours
Directions for new-to-Northview students, to be completed after school starts:
Click the link below to access the Student Template for reflecting on your Service as Action experiences.
Directions for level 1 students and students who do not have their service keynote from last year:
1. Click the Student Service as Action Template (above) to open it. The page will open in google drive.
2. Then, go to "file" and select, "make a copy"
3. Rename your document with your name "Your Name Service as Action Template"
4. This document will be accessible via your google drive
Directions for Returning students to add to your keynote from last year:
1. Go to google drive
2. Click on "New", then "File Upload"
3. Find your keynote presentation from last year and select it to upload
4. Rename the file to "Your Name Service as Action Template"
3. In this file, select slides 3 and 5-9 and copy these slides by doing a two-finger click and choosing "duplicate slide."
4. Drag all 6 of your duplicated slides to be placed just before the Approaches to Learning slide near the end of your powerpoint. This way you will have the new slides that you need for this year within your document from last year.
We ask that students take the time to provide a thoughtful and thorough reflection of their service and the impact it had on their lives and the lives of others. This keynote presentation will serve as an ongoing portfolio of your service.