In a time where it would be have been very easy to resign to the end of the IASAS session due to the pandemic, our selfless Eagles took on a different challenge. Tenth grade student Alicia Nguyen and her brother started an organization called Fitness for Goodness during the Circuit Breaker.
Empowered to Make a Difference
We believe that the best service comes out of extraordinary care, and our students exhibit just that every day. Opportunities for service abound for SAS students from kindergarten through grade 12, both at school and in the community. Scores of student-led initiatives have flourished over the years, and new ones are constantly evolving in response to local and global needs. Students at SAS are empowered to make a difference in their communities and develop an early commitment to active citizenship as part of being a responsible global citizen.
Putting others before themselves from a young age, SAS students from kindergarten to grade twelve take part in service learning opportunities in school, in their community, and in regional and global communities. They find meaning in benefiting others when they brainstorm, research, interview, plan activities, build connections, and contribute to communities’ areas of need.
Service learning is integrated into our kindergarten to eighth grade curriculum, and our students themselves have initiated over 40 high school service clubs. Six passionate elected students guide all high school service clubs by serving on our Executive Service Council. Students who join these clubs develop skills such as taking initiative, collaborating, organizing, and implementing. Encouraged to initiate their own service learning projects, they work on valuable life skills and towards becoming responsible, enlightened, and reflective global citizens.
A Force For Good
Our Passionate Global Citizens
While Singapore American School offers students myriad service opportunities, some students find ways to contribute outside of school. These students have joined community-based service groups or have independently spotted opportunities to fill a need. We celebrate these students for following our core values while displaying initiative, independence, curiosity, and creativity as they contribute to wider communities and follow their passions!
We cannot mask our appreciation for the many ways our students have been going above and beyond to help those who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighth grade student Shannon K. started her own organization, Masks for SG, which provides healthcare workers in Singapore with reusable masks.
High school student Grace Dozeman reflects on her Interim Semester trip to the Stairway Foundation in Puerto Galera, Philippines.
Heard of Food From the Heart? A service club at SAS, FFTH visits homes, sharing food, love, and companionship with the underprivileged in Singapore. Members become culturally aware students through exposure to the struggles of their neighbors.
Student Irina Maryukhina presents useful tips to help you make the most of your Interim Semester experience.
One of the top favorites when it comes to experiences in high school, Interim Semester offers a variety of perspectives, life-changing moments, and skills, as students soak up different cultures, people, and places.
Ninth grader Matias Nordenstahl shaved his head to raise funds for cancer research! But he didn't just stop there. The freshman has been participating in a number of initiatives and has some amazing plans to improve the lives of cancer patients globally.
What happens when a group of students volunteers for a cause? Teachers Katy Mankin and Katherine McMullen tell us about the 6B social studies students' experience with Food From the Heart.
Freshman Mathias Katsuyaa is a member of an initiative at SAS called SAS Everest BioGas Project. The project aims to raise funds for the construction of a waste digester on Mount Everest to deal with the growing waste problem there. Here he shares information about the environmental problems faced in the area and how the SAS community can help.
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla said, “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” Middle schooler Carolina R. tells us how she went about helping children in Columbia and making their lives a little bit brighter!
For billions of people, a healthy ocean means jobs, food, and protection. As inhabitants of planet Earth, it’s imperative that we care for and preserve our oceans. That’s exactly what one of the newest service-oriented clubs at SAS, Blue Planet Initiative (BPI) plans to do.
SAS high school club Food From the Heart takes part in an annual toy buffet for underprivileged kids. Maria Veloso shares her experience!
Would you walk seven and a half miles to school? Or be able to do your homework with one-fifth of a pencil? This is the story of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a boy who started school with a fifth of a pencil, and went on to receive a job offer from the United Nations, which he turned down because he wanted to build a community.
Communications intern Sara Khan captures the spirit of the Zombie Run here at SAS.
EarthCraft is a Service Oriented Club established earlier this year. The club strives to incorporate used materials into people's daily lives again by challenging students to create their own products using them.
What was your pick for Interim Semester this year? Communications interns Min Jung Kim and Brenda Lee find out who selected what and why!
Communications intern Martin Shih writes about the newest service club at SAS—the Blue Planet Initiative.
How much trash can pile up on our shores in a month's time? High school students Tanvi Dutta Gupta and Young Jae Kim find answers at this year's International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.
Over 150 SAS students participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, collecting around 365 kg of trash! Communications intern Sara Khan shares her observations.
The high school Executive Service Council has launched a schoolwide campaign called Help for High Water to raise funds and awareness for victims of the South Asia floods, Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma. Students hope to raise S$75,000 by October 13 to support relief efforts in South Asia.
One teacher's story of how she mobilized students for a Teacher2Teacher Project, sending love across the miles, so teachers in Juan Seguin Elementary could have a little help with recovering from the disaster that is Hurricane Harvey!
High schoolers share their experience as they travel to Cambodia to share a few days of their lives with with Homeland community.
One teenager’s vision to provide access to spine surgery for the underprivileged in Ethiopia.
Inspired to build the Philippine American Friendship Field, coach Oscar teaches baseball with a difference.
High schoolers buddy up with elementary school and early learning center students, making the visual arts Interim Semester project more meaningful to the community.
It’s official! Each one of our 287 second grade students at SAS is a…superhero! More precisely, each of our second grade students is a service superhero!
Since the beginning of the school year, students have been building their awareness and understanding about the concept of service and making a positive impact on our community.
Pre-kindergarten children in the early learning center at Singapore American School (SAS) were becoming increasingly curious about garbage, after noticing the amount of daily waste produced at the school, and worried about how human actions impacted the earth.
I am pleased to share that Singapore American School is the beneficiary of another banner year of philanthropy. The boards of the school’s two supporting foundations recently voted to grant a total of nearly S$2 million for the benefit of its students and faculty in academic year 2017-18, with another S$300,000 to be granted in September to round out the full complement of funding for next school year. This represents approximately five percent of the school’s non-personnel budget and is in addition to a first-ever $1 million distribution from the endowment.
At your service
As we arrived in Yangthang in the foothills of the Himalayas with our donations, the Bhutanese students welcomed us with a traditional dance and yak-butter tea. Language barriers were broken by smiles and laughs. By the end of the week as our bus pulled away we looked back and saw a village waving. We were family now, service acting as the glue between us. We had served them, and they had served us in return.
Bryanna entwistle (Class of 2019)