Today we watched and reflected on two prompts that demonstrated how people take action in different ways. Action is an important element of the PYP and through our Exhibition inquiries we aim to demonstrate ACTION of some sort.
The two prompts that we watched sparked an interesting discussion and sharing of ideas. We all thought that they were powerful forms of action!
Today, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Margaret Salem who has visited our school for many years in relation to our connection with Rwanda. Mrs Salem instigated a pen pal program between the Years 5 and 6 boys (during French) many years ago which has continued and grown.
The Year 6 boys over the last 6 years have chosen to support Rwanda using the funds they raise at the Year 6 Fair and as a result the pen pal community in Rwanda has been able to resource their school, build a classroom and health facilities.
Mrs Salem is very passionate about this cause and spoke to the boys about what led to take the extensive ACTION that she has. She also sang several songs for us as she showed us a variety of images from the communities in Rwanda.
Today, the boys were introduced to the PYP Exhibition and the roles and responsibilities of the various people involved (students, teachers, mentors, principal, parents, community). They also considered what each person was passionate about which tied into our start of year activities on passions and who we are!
As a provocation for the importance of ACTION that results from inquiry, the boys watched this music video and considered what was happening and the bigger significance of it… Ask them what they said!
On their return from the holiday break, Jack and Liam were passionate to experience (as best they can) some of the conditions of the homeless in order to further explore the attitude of empathy in relation to their inquiry. To do this they organised a sleepout at school with the support of their parents, mentor, teachers and class members. They identified a worthy charity (the St Vincent de Paul Society), prepared permission slips and sponsorship forms, collected sponsors, collected boxes, organised soup and bread for dinner and discussed what they were feeling and why throughout the night.
The sleepout numbers were limited due to the nature of the exercise and including Jack and Liam, seven boys participated in the sleepout
The night was a huge success and the boys will add their reflections to their personal blogs and this blog on their return to school next week as will their mentor, Mrs James.
A very big thank you goes to Jack and Liam’s parents for their help in organising and supervising the event and to Mrs James (mentor) for her encouragement, participation and overnight supervision.
Here are a couple of stop motion movies of the setup at the start of the night.
Today we watched and reflected on two prompts that demonstrated how people take action in different ways. Action is an important element of the PYP and through our Exhibition inquiries we aim to demonstrate ACTION of some sort. The two prompts that we watched sparked an interesting discussion and sharing of ideas. We all thought that they were powerful forms of action! Here are the two prompts.
Today, we watched Martin Luther King’s inspirational ‘I have a dream’ speech. It also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the speech. It was amazing to see the passion and audience that he had and the power of his determination! Action can take many forms…Martin Luther King started some very important conversations about equality and social justice.