Action is an integral part of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and an opportunity for students to seek the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their local and global communities. It is a core component of agency and offers learners the ability to see that they can not only make a meaningful contribution to the world around them, but also be change-makers.
By going through the three steps of choosing, acting and then reflecting back upon the results of their choice, students are able to grow socially and personally, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution and critical thinking.
Action is described as a dynamic outcome of agency, and an integral part of the learning process that can arise at any time, and that is exactly what happened when Year 3 student Charli decided to take action in the lead up to Easter.
Charli chose to raise funds for BackPacks 4 SA Kids - an organisation that exists to provide resources that contribute to the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people during periods of dislocation from home and routine care. Charli raffled a giant Melba’s Easter bunny and raised well over $200! Peyton, one of our Year 2 students, was the lucky recipient of the prize.
Charli found out what action she could take to make an impact. She took a big issue and thought about taking action on a small scale. It doesn’t stop there, however, it is often the smallest of actions that can make the biggest impact. As a campus we have decided to continue supporting BackPacks 4 SA Kids and collecting items to make up and donate backpacks for children moving and relocating from home.
Congratulations, Charli, on making a difference!
Principal - St Peters Campus