The “S” in CAS represents the service strand. This aspect of an IB education is classified as an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student, while the rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
In our Secondary School we provide an abundance of opportunities for our students to give back in any way that is meaningful to them. Over the years we have developed strong partnerships with various community service organizations, not only on a local level, but globally as well. Whether there is a passion to help animals, the planet, or others, we have over 15 different service groups in secondary school for our senior students to join.
The Boai Project at SSIS supports the Suzhou Industrial Park Boai Charity School. The school was launched in 1998 and provides support, treatment and education for children with physical illness, mental illness and special educational needs. Students involved will visit Boai School regularly, planning various activities and games to help the children be more active.
Heart to Heart Shanghai will help children with congenital heart defects by paying part of/all of the medical fee of one child's surgery. Product drives such as collecting donated books and toiletries are used for fundraising and to assist the families and patients of Heart To Heart Shanghai. There are opportunities, throughout the year, for students to travel to Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital in Puxi, Shanghai to volunteer their time, deliver donated goods and visit the family and child that they have sponsored. This activity is for senior secondary students and is a yearlong commitment including participation in the annual Charity Concert and the SSIS Triathlon.
JSSC students meet regularly to propose, discuss, and ultimately decide on events for the student body. Students are also involved in charitable fundraising activities. This activity is for students in grade 6-8 and is a year-long commitment including the JSSC Dragons on Display Talent Show, JSSC Winter Semi- Formal and the JSSC Spring Fling.
The vision of the Kids4Environment is to create a lasting change among people, animals and plants in the environment. Students involved are creating awareness in the school and local community by promoting the benefits of a waste free lifestyle through school events and projects in and outside of school. Kids4Environment are also developing a functioning herb and vegetable garden with compost and a greenhouse. Their aim this year is for the garden to be used as a community space by all school members.
The Million Tree Project aims to raise community awareness of the Earth’s precious environment while focusing on steps individuals can take to lessen their negative impact on the natural world. An opportunity to travel (at the student’s expense and must be 16 years or older) to Inner Mongolia exists in April. This service experience is open to senior secondary students and is a yearlong commitment.
Paws4Cause has the mission to address the problems with large numbers of stray cats and dogs in Suzhou, along with regular visits to a local animal shelter allowing for direct service opportunities. Students participating in this activity will be required to work collaboratively and solve problems in a team. Paws4Cause will make direct service a focus with visits to a local animal shelter. This service experience is open to grade 9-12 students and is a yearlong commitment including the Annual Blanket Drive and the Annual Photography Competition.
Students will organize themselves into working teams to gather and bundle paper waste throughout the school. They will also work to recycle batteries with the possibility of recycling plastic and glass. Student must actively engage in meetings and develop public awareness campaigns. This service experience is open to grade 9-12 students and is a yearlong commitment.
SSSC Students meet regularly to propose, discuss, and ultimately decide on events for the student body. They act as liaisons between administration and the student body by gathering student issues and suggestions to pass on. This service experience is for students in grade 9-12 and is a yearlong commitment including participation in the SSSC Winter Semi-Formal and Battle of the Bands.
The South Africa Vastfontein Project aims to advocate and raise money for the Vastfontein Transformation Community Non-Profit Organization in South Africa. This service experience is open to grade 9-12 students and is a yearlong commitment including participation with the Annual Asian Dinner and Annual Badminton Tournament. Students in Grade 11 will have the opportunity to visit Vastfontein during secondary school camp week.
Student Ambassadors work at important SSIS events to help and assist with various individuals within and outside the school community. Student Ambassadors develop and showcase their leadership skills by working at SSIS's major events including, but not exclusive to: SSIS' Annual University Fair; university visits throughout the year; Suzhou Amazing Race; Thanksgiving Dinner; Christmas Market; International Family Day; the Grade 12 Leavers' Assembly; and the Grade 12 Grad Ceremony.
For each visit to a retirement home in Suzhou, students plan activities whereby they can involve as many senior residents as possible. Residents speak Mandarin Chinese, but some residents only speak the local dialect, so non-language dependent activities are also encouraged. Students will need to show a commitment to planning activities that require sensitivity to working with elderly people from another culture and with language barriers for many. This service activity is for our senior secondary students and is a yearlong commitment.
Tang Mama is a local charity organization which supports a variety of areas. Fundraising for lifesaver jerrycans which help produce clean drinking water for rural Gansu as well as working with people of various backgrounds in the market place. Students will support by creating fundraising opportunities as well as providing direct service by attending events and volunteering at the charity shop in SIP.
The Wishing Well project is a student-led service group aimed towards supporting the terminally-ill children in the local Children's Hospital of Soochow University. Each year we look to support around 20 children who student participants will have a chance at meeting and get to know them better. These children may write up to 5 wishes to make up their “wish-list”, which our service group will then collectively go through case by case to select the most gratifying wishes for each child. We will then be fulfilling the wishes through our visits in the span of a school year.