These are some wonderful examples of how students have helped others as part of their Year 6 challenge.
- Four Year 6 girls helped to teach piano, baking, arts and craft and even Irish dancing to girls at Openhands, a children’s home in Kajang, Malaysia.
- Cameron raised money by selling toys to buy the children at Openhands four guitars.
- Oliver brought smiles to over 100 refugee children from Burma at Christmas by giving each of them a red bucket filled to the brim with good quality toys he had collected from the school and local communities.
- Arend helped at a tree planting day in the peatlands of Raja Musa Forest Reserve.
Annually, approximately 80 students from the Alice Smith School vie for The International Award, which is based on three levels, each successive one requiring a greater degree of commitment.
BRONZE - for over 14’s. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 6 months.
SILVER - for over 15’s. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 12 months.
GOLD - for over 16’s. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 18 months.
To gain an Award, participants must complete activities in four sections for a specified minimum period of time. There is an additional requirement of a residential project at Gold Level. Participants decide what they would like to do for each of the following sections.
Service: Participants engage with their community and discover the impact they can have through community service projects, conservation work, voluntary service in hospitals or community homes, and more specialised training such as lifesaving, first aid or rescue services.
Adventurous Journey: Through adventure and discovery participants develop an understanding of the environment, and the importance of working together in a team with a common purpose. It can be on foot, by bicycle, boat or on horseback. Training, preparation, self-sufficiency and self-reliance are the key elements.
Skills: Students develop personal interests and learn practical skills. There are almost limitless possibilities to choose from. There is no set standard that participants must reach: they set their own goals and measure their progress against them.
Physical Recreation: By undertaking some form of organised and regular physical activity, participants show perseverance and improve their fitness. Their goal is to record their individual progress. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, and archery.
Residential Project: The Gold Award Residential Project aims to broaden experience through living and working with others (who are not everyday companions). The project takes place over a period of five consecutive days. It requires resilience, adaptability and consideration for others. This year the Gold Award students went to Pulau Tioman.