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Saturday Morning Football Helpers – MS Service Activity / G10-11 CAS (Service or Action Activity).

The Saturday K2-Grade 3 Football activity would like some Middle School / Upper School students to help from 10.00am to 11.30am. If you love Football and like working with young students please sign up on the Service Activities Sign-Up link or email me. The activity will start Saturday March 3. You will not have to do it every week. After signups are complete the Saturdays you will do it will be arranged. If you have any questions please contact me.

ACAMIS Service Learning Grants

ACAMIS Service Learning Grants have been established to provide financial support for student initiatives in service learning in China.

Awards are made to individuals or groups that require students to:

  • Apply academic, social and personal skills to support and improve the community;
  • Make decisions that will lead to authentic outcomes;
  • Grow as individuals and increase community engagement;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and society; and
  • Demonstrate their abilities while and through helping others.
Up to $2,500 USD may be awarded to successful individuals or groups. Application Due Date Feb 15th
If you are interested in applying for a grant please have a look at the ACAMIS website then contact me. NIS students have received 4 grants in previous years.
ACAMIS site:

NIS Academic Awards, Service and CAS

I am going through the Academic award lists and I notice that some students have put Service / CAS activities in managebac but have not written any journal entries. Please note, no activities and no journal entries (that focus on the selected outcomes) unfortunately means no Academic award so please update your Service / CAS journal today. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and queries.

ACAMIS Cultural Convention@NIS

The Exciting ACAMIS Cultural Convention will be held at NIS on March 9th and 10th.  There will be  9 workshops and G6-11 can choose to attend one workshop. The Workshops are:

  1. Printmaking
  2. Orchestra / Band
  3. Choir
  4. Martial Arts
  5. Hip Hop Dance
  6. Photography
  7. Devised Drama
  8. Science and Technology
  9. Game Design and Programming

Please email me your first choice and your second choice of workshops.

The Convention will be held on March 9 and 10 MS/HS students can signup for one workshop. There are limited places available for NIS students and there is a cost of 700rmb for NIS students that will need to be paid by Jan 17th. More information about workshops is in attached poster and also at the Convention website.

Contact me or Ms Keus if you have any questions.


Service Opportunity for Grades 6-11 – Swim Meet Helper

SEMESTER 2 Service Learning opportunity (Grades 6-11)
Do you want to be ‘in the action’ as a member of an Event Crew team?
Would you like to learn how to communicate with others or to take on the skills of a leader, especially when the heat is on?!
The NIS SSL Event Crew needs you! go to your Veracross page and click CAS and Service Signup link, then register in the time slot you want to help. details. Genuine excitement and learning is guaranteed?

Event Day ONE: Saturday 20 January
Option ONE: 9:00 to 13:30
Option TWO: 13:30 to 18:00

Event Day TWO: Sunday 21 January
Option THREE: 9:00 to 13:30

Please call by the pool office if you have more questions



Local School Swim Meet@NIS Sat Nov 18th Helpers Wanted

Last chance to signup to help this Burst the Bubble Swim Meet. 你还没有做好你的社会服务吗? 马上登机做这个社会服务活动吧! Go to the Service and CAS Signup link on Veracross.  Below are possible Service Learning Outcomes:

a. become more aware of own strengths and areas for growth
b. undertake challenges that develop new skills

c. work collaboratively with others

d. develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding (if you engage with the local students and families)

e. Persevere in Action (You can choose this Outcome if you have helped at one other Swim Meet this year)

CAS – Outcomes G10-12 Students

The comments in today’s bulletin about Outcomes for G6-9 Service Activities also apply to G10-12 Creativity, Activity and Service. It is important that you identify the Outcome you will gain/ did gain from each of your activities.

Think CAS, Think Outcomes!

NIS 加油,CAS 加油


A few things about Service Activities for G6-9

Doing Service is a great thing. The fact that so many NIS students want to do Service is also a great thing. Here are a few notes that will make a great thing even greater.

– we now use the term ‘Service Learning’ or simply ‘Service’. No more saying Community and Service, that is so old fashion!

– even more old fashion is saying ‘Points’, we don’t use the term points any more we now think about ‘Outcomes’.

– There are seven Service Learning Outcomes. Your Advisory teacher has mentioned them, hasn’t she/he? Ask to see them again!

– Before you do a Service Activity think of which Outcome you will be able to achieve by doing it. This also applies when you sign up to help run a School activity e.g. Pfrang Day, Sports Event, Spring Fun Day etc.

Giving a Service by helping is important but being clear about which Outcome you will achieve is equally or even more important.

Think Service, Think Outcomes!

NIS 加油, Service 加油!

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