The philosophy of service learning aims to broaden students’ grasp of real world issues, guiding them towards applying skills acquired in the classroom to community service, experiential learning and sustainability. For the duration of this term, all Greensteds teachers and students have been actively involved in service learning, usually on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. In accordance with the school’s vision ‘to provide a dynamic, holistic and enriching environment…’the service learning program at Greensteds has three main strands:
The environmental strand, led by Mr. Knowles- strives to increase students’ awareness of their impact on the environment and the importance of a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. The approach to caring for the school environment is varied: to plant 3,000 trees this year, sell seedlings to other schools, effectively recycle plastic bottles, and reduce the school’s energy consumption by replacing the bulbs with energy efficient, motion detecting light sources. It goes beyond the confines of the school – the group is also taking local tea companies to task about their unnecessary use of plastic wrappers. This aims to facilitate ambitious contributions to safeguarding Mother Earth for future generations.
The social strand, led by Ms. Muthee– endeavours to develop social awareness and enhance teamwork. Students in this strand drew on their own experiences while creating a welcome pack for new students. In this way they hope to aid the new students smoothly integrate into the Greensteds community. They also hosted children of different ages from Miti Mingi Orphanage in the school, entertaining them with various activities including swimming, art and ICT activities on a weekly basis. The economic strand, led by Mr. Omotto– aspires to raise funds for charity and related school projects.
They also carried out activities aimed at marketing the school. Students in this strand carried out activities such as cleaning staff cars, selling roses and taking photos during Christmas dinners. This instils in them a sense of responsibility since they have to run the activities themselves.
The program is conducted on a rotational basis, whereby each student will experience one of the strands each term. Overall, the expectation is to foster responsibility in students, for the environment, and the less fortunate and financial management.
After completing tasks in each one, they will be awarded a Greensteds Sustainability Certificate.