Service is a cornerstone of the RVIS culture. From the early grades all the way to grade 12, students are encouraged and given opportunities to give back to local and international communities. Every year, the Secondary Students and Teachers spend a week outside of regular classes with a bold ambition to make the world a better place. This year RVIS’s Week of Action focused on to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals
and looked for ways to bring awareness to the project and contribute to the movement. Through their work, students helped out in Animal Shelters, renovated a house for a family in need, created murals in the school, and examined broad topics such as combating disease, freedom, gender inequality, and worldwide hunger.
Students were encouraged to write brief news articles that captured the events as well as the learning from the week. Below are a few excerpts written by RVIS students.
Freshmen Experience Teaching
By: Zara - Grade 9
Shirel, a ninth grade student who has recently joined the RVIS community, had never taken Arabic before. During the Week of Action, she wanted to be challenged so she was given the opportunity to teach/help out little kids with their Arabic class. “It was a challenge for me, I found some of the work that they got, to be a little hard for myself.” She followed with, “I got to teach the kids what I knew and they taught me some new things too.” She enjoyed the session because she liked to see young minds learn things and made her feel that she can also learn Arabic, and encouraged her to learn more passionately.
My Freedom Day
By Ajyad - Grade 9
March 14 was “My Freedom Day.” On this day people celebrate and promote the fight against slavery and human trafficking. It is a world wide event that the students of Riffa Views included during the Week of Action.
Students interviewed other students from all different grades asking them what freedom meant to them. “Freedom is being able to do what you want,” said Nujood from grade 9. A student from grade 10, Najla wrote that “Freedom is being able to express how you feel.”
The majority of students wrote that freedom meant, “doing what they want to do”. This seems simplistic but it can be expressed in a more detailed way. It is the big term that incorporates all of the freedoms because no one wants to live in fear, no one wants to be a slave, no one wants to suffer and all these different freedoms and more fit under the basic sentence “doing what I want.”
The Dogs at the BSPCA have Visitors!
By Shirel - Grade 9
Students from Riffa Views International School visited the BSPCA on March 14 and had the opportunity to walk the dogs at the shelter. As part of the Week of Action, two groups of students from grade seven to twelve visited the BSPCA as part of a field trip organized by Ms. Camy, a physical education teacher at RVIS. The aim of the field trip was to let students do some charity work in recognition of the 15th sustainable development goal, which is to protect life on land. “I believe that there are no bad dogs so I am more than willing to help kids get over their fear of walking animals” said Ms Camy, the organizer of the trip. The students learned many things from this field trip and many had an enjoyable time. “After the trip, I think the world should start caring more about animals because they are a big part of our lives,” said Zara a RVIS freshman.
For a full recap please checkout the hashtag #RVIS_WOA