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CAS SERVICE IN THE PANDEMIC: THE ENGLISH HOUSE By Caroline Ferguson, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Coordinator
he restrictions imposed on school and community life in response to the pandemic have presented challenges to all of us. For our Senior students it has meant that they have found it very difficult to engage in meaningful direct action service in the local community. The English House Programme project is one of the few opportunities for students to be active volunteers, without having to leave their own homes! The opportunity arose this year to work with our partners, The Mercy Centre, on a collaborative project which aimed to meet a real and identified need in their community. The Centre is home to eight primary and middle school aged children who have been identified as
• Bangkok Patana School
gifted and talented, and as a result have secured scholarships to several international schools in Bangkok. In order to support the education of this group of children the team there established
a new programme called ‘The English House’. However, before long it became clear that these children would need extra support if they were to keep up with their peers and so the decision was made to set up a long-term tuition programme for these children and those who follow in their footsteps. This is where the Bangkok Patana team, comprising eleven students from Year 11 and 12 along with three teachers, stepped in to offer weekly online tutoring for the children in Maths, English and Science. Running such a programme has not been without its challenges, as any students or teachers who have been engaged in CSL over the past year will agree, but in spite of these challenges, the experience has been immensely rewarding for both the tutees and the tutors alike.