Ethics in Education
One of the most integral parts of the school ethos revolves around the concept of community.
At SIS, this exists at different levels:
- The Form Group
- The House
- The School
- The Wider Community of Penang
- The Wider Community of Malaysia
- The Global Community
At each level the students, staff and parents will be given opportunities to play a central role within the community and participate in service based learning, whether it be through hands on service, charitable schemes, out of school learning, events or connecting with other communities. All are anticipated to participate actively and in a positive manner. Our educational ethos expects that all members of our community pursue lifelong learning and that we understand that education is not just limited to classroom academics. It is our vision to produce young men and women with the compassion, drive, communication skills and understanding which will best prepare them for their future roles in the world.
As an international school, we try to contribute as much as we can to the real world and at Straits we do it through service-based learning. Service learning is a teaching and learning method which provides students with a hands-on experiential education. It gives students the opportunity to receive relevant educational content which contributes to the well-being of individuals and society. In this learning process, students develop goals consistent with course material, create community partnerships, participate in field learning activities, and engage in reflective and critical thinking in relation to this experience. Service-learning prepares students to meet relevant real-life community needs.
Current Service Partners
- Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged
- Bukit Jambul Recycling Centre
- Eden Handicapped School
- St Nicholas School for the Blind
What do students say about their experience of service learning?
“Students gain a sense of responsibility and reflect on how their actions can be very contributive towards society.” Brian Seow Kwan Sern - Year 10
“These are great experiences that everyone should have in their life and I’m lucky that our school council has provided that for me.” Yee Heng Zhe - Yr 10
“It helps to further our interest in using the skills attained from being on the school council – such as leadership, problem-solving skills and team building – to become a service-minded citizen who is eager to lend a hand to make a difference in the world we live in today.” Hannah Rose Lee Shu-Wei Yr 8
LAST YEAR AT STRAITS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
- Walk For Neuro Restoration – October 2014
- Food and Toy Drive for Penang Shan Children's Home – December 2014
- International Food Fair as part of SIS International Day with beneficiaries – Spring 2015
- At all levels, students completed a visit to the Orang Asli of Hulu Langat, and to a wide range of charity centres and the across the country including Ikhlas Daripada, Home for mentally handicapped children, Pulau Pangkor –
- Eden Handicapped Food Fair – Spring /Summer 2015
- Raised funds for Nepal earthquake relief – May