The SOTA Community Service programme aims to prepare students for lifelong learning and service. It serves to prepare students to participate fully in today and tomorrow’s world demands, and through the pedagogy of experiential learning, it seeks to develop students who will learn to appreciate and respect social-cultural diversity, and demonstrate respect and care for the community. We also hope that SOTA students will use their talents to benefit the larger good, and will possess the zest for challenge, adventure, and creative endeavours.
SOTA students are introduced to local service and experiential learning community projects in Year 3, leading towards more rigorous local or overseas service learning programmes at Year 4. These programmes will pave the way for the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) or Service Learning (SL) projects they will undertake during Years 5 and 6. CAS and SL are, respectively, one of the core components of the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and IB Career-related Programme (IBCP).
- Year 3: A 5-month Service, Action in Community (SAC) programme
- Year 4: A 5-month project research, discussion and preparation, leading towards either an Overseas Service Learning (OSL) trip or Local Service Learning (LSL) project
- Years 5 and 6: An 18-month CAS or SL programme with a wide variety of local and overseas activities
- Understand the challenges faced by different communities, build relationships, and serve members of the community
- Use artistic skills to serve a community, while exploring critical social issues, cross-cultural nuances, and his/her identity as a young artist
- Enhance personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning
- Initiate community projects which are sustainable and add value to the larger community