HS Systems Thinking Leadership Workshops Completed

Earlier today UNIS Hanoi presented 25 High School students with certificates after they completed a new Systems Thinking and Leadership Course. This new course led by MS and HS Service Learning Coordinator Colin Campbell involved students learning how different approaches to community change using systems thinking tools and concepts. “The distance learning situation did lead to the pause of many of our service learning activities but did provide a window of opportunity for some of our High School student leaders to dig deeper into how to effect positive change in different community contexts.” Here are some of the thoughts of students that participated in the workshops. 

What the Students Had to Say About the Workshops

Sarah in Grade 9 reflected on her experience; “The idea of leadership being guided with planned processes and thoughtful ideas as compared to the act of just telling people what to do or directing a group of people is a great concept. I feel like I was able to learn more about adhering and connecting to a group of people in order to find ways to make the most of all of our ideas, effort and time.”

Miyuki in Grade 10 said, “I think the iceberg model is most useful as it would help me to analyze and see the reasons behind a group’s success and problems. I would have reacted easily by glancing at an event if I didn’t know this model but with this model with mental models at the deepest section, I would be able to think about the emotions of others before I blame them. Also, the ladder  broke down the step of how emotions and thoughts are developed, which was interesting too.

“I think every leader should have a Sustainability Compass in their pocket because it lets them consider the aspects of nature, economy, society, and well-being to effectively plan and execute their ideas in order to make change” said Grade 9 student, Hee Dong Cho. 

“‘How might we understand change in a community?’ I loved this part of the workshop because it cleared my mind about all types of people I have been working with and understand more about what I should do and how I should react to different people in the groups in order to build a strong united community.” My Linh, Grade 10

The Amoeba Model of Cultural Change was particularly helpful for me because it helped me understand more about how to approach a project so that I take into account many different groups of audiences. Understanding the underlying reaction and need of different types of people allows me to build effective strategies to make sure my project or the change I want to bring about would be fitting for every possible reaction at that change.” Binh,  Grade 10

Leadership Training and Community Building in High School

Starting next week HS Service Learning Team will run a Leadership and Systems Thinking training course for students. So far 18 HS students have volunteered for the training.  

Building on the systems thinking approach to sustainability and community change that the school has been developing in partnership with Compass Education, the students will develop ideas for service and community projects during the training.  

Colin Campbell the MS/HS Service Learning Coordinator who will run the workshops said, “we shared this voluntary opportunity with G9, G10 and G11 students this week for students that want to to take on something new and different during our distance learning context and the immediate response has been very encouraging. We will explore leadership in a systems context which help the students gain appreciation of how, with the right approach, small groups of thoughtful citizens can make a positive impact on their communities.’

And the group will have an opportunity to put their new skills into action as we plan for our first all-school Virtual Walkathon in support of our Service Learning partners on Giving Tuesday’s May 5 day for global generosity. These students will be at the frontline of ensuring the High School community comes together to take action and support some of Vietnam’s most vulnerable communities at this time of crisis. (Read the Virtual Walkathon article for more).

CAS Spotlight – Summer Filmmaking Experience

Over the summer our current G12 students continued their CAS engagement with a variety of self-initiated experiences extending off of their skills and interests. 

In this CAS Spotlight, we highlight Nissa Hadi, Emma Dufour-Nogueria, and Duy Hoang as they took advantage of their summer free time by writing, producing, editing and acting in an independent film project!

Emma states, “My goals for this activity are to produce a film of quality both in terms of craft and in terms of storytelling. I hope to build on the skills I have been developing over the past year in the IBDP Film course, especially that of editing as it is a film element that I have found to be extremely engaging as well as a possible path to take once I enter University.” 

Nissa decided to reflect on Learning Outcome 7 during the post-production process , which addresses the benefits of working collaboratively.

I believe it was the smoothest phase of the whole film creation process, as when Duy (cinematographer) and I would have problems with anything we would tell Emma (editor) and give her suggestions on how the problem could be fixed…I noticed that, though we are a group composed of three unique individuals, our emotions heavily influence one another.

CAS creates an opportunity for learners to develop personal insight in a setting outside of the classroom. 

I feel that I could have been more patient/lenient during production and it may be that I could not help but micromanage throughout the filming process. This is something I will have to strive to correct in future productions. Despite that, I am happy with how the film turned out though the acting could use some work.” Emma, G12.

If you have a CAS experience you would like highlighted please contact Mr. Jarman at cascoordinator@unishanoi.org.