Our elementary school students, from Discovery to Grade 5, are learning to understand UNIS’s three core values, Learning, Community and Responsibility. We spend time highlighting and reinforcing these essential ideals:
- Learning: We talk about how learning takes time, practice, diligence, perseverance and is a process. We challenge each student to work on being the best learners they can be each and every day.
- Community: We have defined community and talked about how we are all part of different types of communities. We’ve talked about the importance of community and working together towards common goals and common purposes. Each student is challenged to help make our UNIS community stronger each and every day.
- Responsibility: This takes the idea of being part of a community one step further by talking about the responsibility that comes with being a member of a community. We talk about how everything we do and say can contribute to a stronger and healthier community. We talk about how we cannot just be along for the ride; we need to be active and engaged participants.
In addition to our core values, we strive to develop and live out each of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile as well as the United Nations Principles as applied to UNIS.
We encourage all students to move from knowledge and understanding of the core values, the IB Learner Profile, and the UN Principles to taking action. We want all students to be empowered to make positive differences in our school community and the world around them. One way grade 2-5 students can take action is by developing their leadership skills as a member of our elementary school student council.
Student council members are elected by their peers to represent each grade 2-5 classroom. Two representatives, or delegates, are elected by the students in each grade 2-5 classroom. There are weekly student council meetings that the delegates commit to attending. These meetings usually convene during a lunchtime recess. A couple of their primary responsibilities are to facilitate our upper elementary assemblies and provide student voice in decisions that affect the school.
A few of examples of their past work was giving input to the playground redesign project, identifying issues at recesses and creating a plan to improve those issues, organizing fun days and activities for elementary school students, helping select our next head of school and supporting school wide efforts such as our High School APAC sporting events. Every initiative they take on and decision they make relates to celebrating learning, building community or inspiring responsibility.
Our elementary student council is just one of the exciting opportunities elementary students have in developing leadership skills and making a positive difference in our school community. In the next several weeks, grade 2-5 classrooms will be electing representatives to be on student council. Students have already heard a little about this opportunity at last week’s assembly. Classrooms will be asked to hold their elections the week of September 11 and the first student council meeting will be held the week of September 18. We are looking for another group of motivated and action-oriented students to continue to lead and help improve our school.
We believe it is extremely important that students are provided authentic opportunities to develop their leadership skills and are provided real opportunities to make a positive difference in our school and community. Whether your student is involved in the elementary school student council or not, we are committed to empowering our students and giving them opportunities to take action.
The school we want… The world we want… Make It Happen!
If you have a child in grades 2-5 who might be interested in serving as a classroom delegate this school year, please encourage him or her to consider being a candidate for his or her classroom. Regardless, we will continue to encourage and provide a variety of opportunities for all students to take action.