Wellington College - Examples of Service Learning


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Wellington College - Examples of Service Learning

  1. 1. Wellington College Examples of Service Learning
  2. 2. Oral Histories of War - History During their course, pupils learn about multiple-perspective taking in the telling of history while studying units on war. Throughout the term, pupils are paired with a veteran living in the community from a local elderly home or organisation supporting veterans who have recently returned from war. During the semester they meet regularly with this person to record their story and write an oral history of their experience. These oral histories are submitted to the local library and showcased to the community. Pupils reflect during their experience on the process of writing historical narratives and relate this to course content.
  3. 3. Writing for Social Action - English Pupils study strategies for persuasive writing and when writing has been used to move society forward in positive ways. Pupils determine needs facing youth in society today by partnering with the local Youth Council and write persuasive essays to shed light on these issues culminating in a publication shared with the school and local community. Partnerships can be formed with other schools and community groups to contribute to this publication.
  4. 4. Demographic Trends - Maths Pupils partner with local officials to translate demographic information about the community into trends that can inform community needs (i.e. Environmental data, mental health trends, socioeconomic trends). Reports are given to local officials to bring awareness to local community needs.
  5. 5. Global Partnerships & Language Learning - Languages Pupils learn about cultures across regions and develop a relationship with a school in an area that speaks the language they are learning in class. Pupils forge a pen-pal relationship with pupils in the partner school during the year and learn about their culture and customs while practicing their language. Technology is used to enhance interaction. Finally, select pupils take a trip to visit the school and engage in a week of service with those they have connected with.
  6. 6. Community Asset Mural - Art Pupils study the role of art in community building and social movements while exploring different strategies of painting. Pupils pair with a local after school program that serves underprivileged youth. During the term, pupils work with the youth to plan and implement a mural project that represents the community’s assets and aspirations for growth. They then together paint this mural in a community space.
  7. 7. Micro-Loans in International Development - Economics Pupils study development economics and explore case studies from developing countries around the world. During a school break, pupils travel to Central America for a week to work with a community development organisation that runs a micro-loan program to see first-hand the process community level economic development initiatives whilst volunteering their time to the promotion of the programme.
  8. 8. The Econonomics of Poverty & Inequality - Economics Pupils examine issues related to local and national poverty and inequality as it relates to economic systems. Pupils volunteer at the local food bank or soup kitchen where they learn about and build relationships with individuals across socioeconomic difference and have greater insight into economic inequality.
  9. 9. Local Water Quality - Chemistry Pupils learn about the chemical impact of pollution on water and the process of water testing. Pupils work with local officials to identify streams and waste beds then go into the community to test water, analyze their findings, and share the results with community leaders and local policy makers. This is done each year to show change over time.
  10. 10. Nutrition Education for Youth - Physical Education Pupils learn about nutrition and the role it can plan in one’s early life during childhood. Groups of students develop learning materials and recipe books to distribute at the local Food Bank and go into schools to give talks about the importance of nutrition.
  11. 11. Cross-Cultural Approaches to Dance - Dance Pupils learn about approaches to dance from different cultural perspectives. Focusing on one culture in depth, students participate in international trips to various destinations to work with youth dance programmes and share knowledge and techniques from their home culture.
  12. 12. The Geography of Food - Geography Pupils spend the term learning about the geographic trends related to the shipping, distribution, and growing of food. Pupils visit local farms and devise an awareness campaign for the local community about buying and eating locally sourced food and petition their school to change purchasing habits.