Across ISA, all students are encouraged to play an active role within the community by making connections with local and national organisations.
Environmentally, students have opportunities to work towards John Muir Awards and our Eco Club has made good use of the school's planting beds and greenhouse. Throughout the school year, high school students regularly take part in community clean-ups, keeping the surrounding local environment free of litter as well as organise a Green Week where senior students run events and raise awareness in order to promote sustainability within the school community.
Middle school students have a longstanding relationship with KIVA, a charity that lends money to low-income entrepreneurs, and our Grade 8 students register for the Saltire Awards programme.
As part of Health and Citizenship classes, students have supported Newton Dee, a nearby community offering meaningful work and opportunities for adults with learning difficulties. Working with a local care home, the English as a Second Language class has visited and made connections with residents.
Further community initiatives include:
As part of the IB programme, senior students are required to participate in community activities. In recent years, they have run projects that raised funds for charities, including Teenage Cancer, organised food and clothing drives for Instant Neighbour, volunteered with local food banks and animal sanctuaries as well as collecting Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children in the region.
Wider groups have been recognised by the Scottish Parliament for their work with the elderly and the Re-engage charity not to mention, exploring issues of global significance including cooking for homeless people as part of a school trip experience to Prague.
Students take part in this scheme to win funds for a chosen charity. In 2019, we were awarded funds that were donated to Penumbra, a leading Mental Health charity.
Our senior students have supported the trust as local and regional ambassadors to help share information about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned.
As an international school, we also encourage students to consider global community and environmental initiatives, for example, raising funds to build toilets blocks in Africa, or to save Australian wildlife injured in the latest wildfires.
Students also raise awareness within the ISA community about Global Fair Trade through the Kilombero Rice project and recently, planted upward of 90 new trees to help with climate concerns