The second annual YIS Service Exhibition, hosted by the Student Service Committee, was held earlier this week. SSC member Tomoko Yasuda filed this report.
One of the crucial ideas we tried to emphasize was that service is not just something to be completed for IB; it should be an integral part of both learning and being a member of society. We are all dependent on the community around us, and service is a way we can participate, give back and manifest our appreciation in return.The purpose of the exhibition was to promote the variety of services happening at our school, in order to to provide students, parents and teachers an opportunity to learn about different issues and what brilliant projects there are happening around us.
This was the main concept we wanted to promote to the entire student body - from kindergarten all the way till high school - but also to the rest of our community. In order to do this, we held one exhibition on the evening of November 30th, aimed for parents, and another one throughout the school day December 1st. Additionally, after hearing about the successful exhibition we held last year, representatives from two other international schools in Japan visited to take a look at what we were doing. We hope that by creating these connections, in the future the nature and aspirations behind service can be promoted to students of YIS and beyond.
Furthermore, by allowing students to see the different projects that are being run and viewing slightly different outlooks on society, we hope to inspire students to get involved in existing service groups or initiate new ones based around their interests and what they perceive as important and in need of being addressed. With this year's welcoming of the newly established service group, E-Pads, we hope that the inspiration continues with more groups joining next year.