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ISSUE 3 Â SY2017-2018

THE BLUE COMPASS WE GUIDE THE WAY

CAS & PERSONAL PROJECT

AFRICA TRAVEL JOURNAL

QUICK WAY TO SAVE 8 LIVES


CONTENT After School Activities for the Lonely Geek........................ Africa Travel Journal.......................................................... CAS at ISG........................................................................ Personal Project Tips........................................................ Quick Way to Save 8 Lives............................................... Voor Wat, Komt Wat! (Right?)........................................... The Netherlands is Racist................................................. Seniors' Art Exhibition....................................................... MYP Community Project....................................................

Edited by Laura Sehnem & Hifa Raja

MAY 2018


After School Activities for

THE LONELY GEEK This article is somewhat of a passion project of mine, as some of you may know, I, Anton R. of MYP4 will be leaving at the end of this school year and thus, well I want to make sure that people in the future who comes to the ISG will enjoy their time here. See, I am a geek, as the title of this article pertains, for the first year I was here I was an abrasive and rude jerk, still am a jerk, but a tempered one. I found company, friends, with interests like mine, out of school, helped me out of the self-induced shell I had put myself in, and I’d like to think to help me become a better person. With that out of the way, however, enjoy, this might be a bit of a messy ramble but enjoy, and I do hope you might visit where I write about, enjoy! The place that inspired this little article of mine is De Purperen Draak, a quaint and cosy little shop in Groningen, the address, if you do want to try visiting is, Nieuwe Ebbingestraat 86A, 9712 NG Groningen. For now, however, I suppose I have to convince you all to go there, don’t I? Well then, to give a simple enough explanation of it, De Purperen Draak is, well at least for me, was a safe haven, it is actually, however, a shop, ran by a family who I am glad to call friends with. The shop itself holds all a geek (such as I) loves, board games, LARP stuff, but most of all, a community.

The shop has brought together people both young (HI!) and old(er). They offer on most nights activities such as Dungeon and Dragons, where anyone can sign in to play on his or her website at the link below, Yughio Trading Card Games, Pokemon Trading Card Games, Magic the Gather, heck, you name it, if it is geeky as heck and fun as hell, they most likely have it. I swear, I have never seen a sad face there, just look at the image below if you don’t believe me it is a picture that I will always keep dear of my time living here, because of the joyful experiences I expressed in that shop. The reason that this whole article is about this place Is I believe that people truly are not embracing some of their less ‘cool’ interests, or do not know, so hey, come on down, you might not have time on a weekday but the second Saturday of every month is Board Game night, that’s when the place is most busy an hey, come try it out, if it ain't your cuppa tea, oh well, its just another experience to add to your life isn’t it?

To check out the Purpuren Draak, click below https://www.purperendraak.nl/agenda

By Anton Johan Ruohonen

MAY 2018


A travel Journal: FROM AMSTERDAM TO JOHANNESBURG AND BACK Every year, around the time spring break comes around, the organisation Both Sides Now takes a group of students on a trip to a third world country. The goal of these trips is to open the eyes of the students to see a different perspective on life – especially on living conditions and luxuries that are thought to be ‘normal’ in the Western world. This year, the destination was South Africa, a country well-known for its former president Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Kruger National park and its welcoming and kind citizens. It is a beautiful country which is home to the Big Five, and a variety of different tribes – some of which have their own unique language. This year, I was lucky enough to be a part of the trip and visit several projects. It was a truly astonishing experience that I am thankful to have been on.

19/02 – 21/02

On the 19th we visited the Karsten Group in Upington. We were welcomed by a man named Joa Bekker. He told us everything about the company, and how they work. The Karsten group is a company set up in 1968 by Piet Karsten. The company started out very small, as a supplier of only raisins and peas. They grew tremendously and became one of the largest suppliers and exporters of grapes, citrus fruit, apples and pears On the 17th of February, we had arrived in in South Africa. Not only do they produce large Johannesburg after a 13-hour flight from Heathrow. amounts of fruits, they also help the community. The After we arrived, we were led to the ‘overland truck’ Karsten Group helps schools improve the quality of that we would travel with for the rest of the trip. There education that is offered, as well as provide After Care was a driver – Johannes – and a cook – Tembe programs for the employees’ children. Besides the care travelling with us. We travelled all day and eventually for their children, the employees themselves get the reached Kuruman, a small town situated over 500 chance to get more extra training, work their way up, kilometres away from Johannesburg. On the 18th, we and grow within the company. The employees are went to church and were kind-heartedly welcomed by cared for, as they are the building blocks for a good the locals. Everyone greeted us with a warmth that company. As Joa – our travel companion for three many citizens of Western countries do not know. days – told us; “Jy kan nie mense gebuik soos 'n tang Before the service started, there was a church band nie vat gebruik plaas op rak haal af, gebruik weer”. Or that played a few songs. Everyone sang along and in other words; you cannot treat people like tools you enthusiastically danced to them. Everyone seemed to use and then throw aside, they are human and should be consumed by the music, and their overwhelming be regarded as such. This mentality forms the love for their God. The way they let loose was a foundation of the company. Throughout the three days beautiful sight to see, and majorly inspiring. we spent with the Karsten group, they were frank, We then travelled onward to Kalahari, where we set up upfront, down-to-earth, and loving towards us, and this camp at a campground. On this campground, there same appreciation they had towards their employees. were some springboks that were hopping through the This was very touching to see. pasture, as well as some tortoises.

18/02

By Nina Beurskens

MAY 2018


On the first day, we went to the Soverby school, where we played games with the students, sang songs, and danced. The students performed a traditional dance for us that, if I remember correctly, represented male ostriches wanting to impress a female, but the female being taken away from them by competition. It was amazing to see the immense talent and rhythm these young children had. The people from the school were incredibly generous, despite not having much to spare. The students gave us a 50 rand bill, with their name engraved on it.

We then went to the Karsten group aftercare centre, where children come after school. Here, after dancing with them, we played games. We also got the chance to see the children’s homes in groups. The day after, we visited another school, where we got to see the playful way in which the children were taught and played soccer and games with the students during their lunch break. We also went to a campground near the Karsten Group’s location, where we had dinner with the children from the After Care of the previous day. The 21st was the last day we would spend with Joa we went to two high schools in Upington. We got a tour of them and compared a typical day of a South African student to that of a Dutch student.

By Nina Beurskens

22/02 – 24/02 The next few days we spent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On the 22nd though, we travelled to the non-governmental organisation Peace Parks. Here, we were welcomed by Dr. Moscow. He introduced what Peace Parks stood for and what it did. He told us the organisation helped communities remain in there original – usually more primitive – state.

At the location, the Khomani San, or Bushmen were situated. This is one of the communities Peace Parks is currently helping. On the 23rd, we set off deeper into the Transfrontier Park. In the evening, despite having seen many animals while driving to our camping spot in the middle of the park, we went on safari with a group of 7. We saw wildebeests, ‘gemsboks’, ‘springboks’, giraffes, corry busters, hyenas, and even lions. The Lions’ eyes were a yellowish orange colour, and they seemed to pierce right through you. They stayed very calm and did not really mind us at all. It was a beautiful sight to see.

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On the 24th, we got up at 4:45 AM to go on safari again. We did not see a lot of animals that morning. We did see some owls, African wild cats, and some animals previously mentioned.

25/02 – 26/02 On the 27th, we visited the Mouton foundation, who is also big supplier and exporter of fruit. They took us to a school they set up where we divided into groups to visit the different grades. After being with the children for a while, we were taken to a township in Citrusdal. In this township, the people of the Mouton foundation gave out food to the children that did not attend school or go to the creche we visited. They did this on a daily basis. On the creche we visited were shown around the small buildings and taken to the different classes they had. We then got to play with the children for a while. They were immediately very fond of us. I think this visit to the township was the highlight of our trip. It was incredibly moving to see how happy these kids were with our presence. Even though we did not speak the same language, their twinkling eyes and big smiles told us more than words could ever do. The contentment, warmth, mirthfulness they showed us that day, is something that will always stay with me, and I am thankful to have gotten those few hours with these wonderful kids.

25/02 – 26/02 On the 25th we travelled and went on a boat trip with Joa from the Karsten Group. On the 26th, we travelled to Citrusdal.

By Nina Beurskens

MAY 2018


What had a big impact on me, was seeing how enormous the disparity is between poor and rich. It was truly mind-boggling to see a big villa only around 100 metres removed from a township. The difference between the two extremes is huge, and that is definitely very different in Western countries.

28/02 On the 28th, we travelled to Cape Town, where were stayed in a backpackers’ hostel. The city was beautiful, but the drought was noticeable everywhere. In every public toilet, there were signs begging us not to use water or soap, but hand-sanitizer instead, in every shower there were instructions on how to keep it under 2 minutes, and there were buckets filled with excess shower water to minimize the number of times the toilet was flushed. We looked around near the Waterfront and got the chance to buy some souvenirs. After an hour of walking around, we took a ferry over to Robben Island. The island is mostly famous due to the fact that a very famous South African man was held in captivity there; Nelson Mandela. We got a tour of the island and of the prison by an old inmate and were shown Mandela’s cell.

By Nina Beurskens

01/03 On this day we went to another township. This one borders Cape Town and is called Nyanga. Nyanga is dubbed ‘the Murder Capital’ due to how dangerous it is. It is a poverty-stricken community, that faces high rates of unemployment and severe HIV/AIDS rates.

When we arrived there, the original route we were going to take was blocked due to the strikes that were going on. We had to take an alternative route to get to the organisation we were going to visit today. We visited Etafeni, an organisation that developed a program of community-based care for AIDS-affected or infected children, as well as grown-ups. We got a tour of their building and presentations about all their different projects. The amount of work they put in to help the community emerge from their state of poverty is truly inspiring, and their projects are incredibly well thought out.

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02/03 This was the day of we would travel back to The Netherlands. Before we did, though, we went back to Johannesburg, where we visited the Apartheid Museum. Visiting the museum was a very enlightening experience. There was a deeper meaning behind every little aspect of the museum, from the shape and height of the walls to the texts on the wall. It was good to learn a little more about the history of the country. What was so special about this though, was that – knowing the Dutch’ role in Apartheid – the South African people had welcomed us with open arms every place we went to. This only emphasizes the kind and forgiving nature of the South African people and made me admire them even more.

Moreover, the differences between living in a first and in a third world country are huge in general. Having said that, I do not necessarily mean the difference between the quality of life. Rather, I mean the difference between our mentalities. The South African people are a lot more grateful for every little thing they get, while sometimes this has disappeared in the Western world. Here, we have stopped appreciating what we have got around us. The South African people have such a major appreciation for everyone and everything around them, and this adds to the sense of community that is felt everywhere throughout the country. The people take care of each other. No one stands alone. Even though we were foreigners, they expressed the same type of warmth towards us, which I thought to be very moving. To me, this was a life-changing trip that I would decide to make again in a heartbeat. South Africa is a beautiful country with beautiful people who are doing everything they can in order to improve their situation. The trip was an eye-opener, and it made me realise even more that the ‘motto’ of the trip is nothing short of the truth; “We share one world, but we live in different ones.”

After the Trip During and after this trip, I have come to realise the importance of education even more than I already did. As kids we are always told how lucky we are to go to school, and to get the quality of education that we do. Hearing this is one thing, but then seeing it with your eyes really does have a big impact, and it makes me appreciate going to school even more.

By Nina Beurskens

MAY 2018


CAS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL As the school year is coming to an end, our students are busier than ever with CAS projects. From contributing to our local community to raising money and awareness for global issues, we're doing it all. By engaging in a CAS project not only are you able to discover more about yourself, but you are also given opportunities to contribute to solving issues that you never thought you'd have the chance to. If you're procrastinating on starting your CAS experiences, check out the groups that are currently working on something big, and who knows what might spark your interest or inspire you to start up your own CAS project.

Tulip Sales The international students have taken on the goal to raise money by selling Netherland's favourite flowers, tulips, to help the Tara Bodong Foundation. Approximately seven years ago, a group of 11 friends founded Tara Bodong with the aim to support smallscale humanitarian projects in India and Nepal. The education, infrastructure among many other things are extremely underdeveloped causing an overall poor quality of life. This event is sponsoring the development of a girls school in Lumla, North East India. With the money that is raised this school will be able to provide Maths and English in their curriculum so that young women attending this institution will have the chance to improve their quality of life in Lumla.

Syria Sponsor Run A group of DP1 students from the ISG is working with students from the University of Groningen to organize a sponsored run in order to raise money for the locals in Syria. The main goal of the project is to raise awareness about the current situation in Syria and to raise money to build houses for those who have lost their homes. Not only does this team need a lot of personal engagement and planning within the community, but it also results in a solution to a global situation.

The Breakfast Club This project was set up by the organization Dodore. They are active in slums in several African countries and provide breakfast (hence the name) for numerous schools. On tougher days, the students here do not receive breakfast and often live off of one meal a day. Less than €0,18 is needed per student per day to provide them with breakfast. This project supports three schools located in Nairobi, Kenya, and Ngong. This CAS project includes organizing fundraising activities and raising awareness through that.

Our international community has also organised the yearly Prom with an Under the Stars theme, organized an International Women's day Silent auction and of course set up our school's student magazine, The Blue Compass.

By Laura Sehnem

MAY 2018


Personal Project

TIPS

The Personal Project consists of 3 components: The process journal, the product, and the report.

1. Plan Ahead Make realistic goals, keeping in mind you need to balance working on your personal project with your school work and social life. Create a template/plan making sure you cover all the points you want to make.

2. Do Something you are Interested in You will be working on it for an extended period of time so choose something you are interested in, find challenging, and have a personal connection to. If you do not choose a topic you are interested in, you will feel less motivated and engaged throughout the process.

3. Creativity Try to choose a topic that is not overdone – be creative and think outside the box. The IB will not enjoy looking at multiple of the same personal projects.

4. Word Count Do not be afraid of reaching the word count. You will most likely reach it anyway, most people tend to exceed it while writing the report.

By Wendy Shen & Tina Shen

5. Supervisor Meetings Do not be afraid to ask questions when you are stuck, the supervisor is there to help and guide you, but they are not supposed to write it for you!

6. Draft Take advantage of the draft, you only get one so do not miss the deadline and try to complete a full draft. You will get more feedback which can potentially lead to a higher grade.

Ideas (These are some of the topics we did last year for the personal project)

TOPIC

PRODUCT

Investigating the impacts of the media on body image

Blog

Raising awareness of orphans in poverty in India

Video (15 minutes)

Exploring the culture in Nigeria

Interviewing local people in Nigeria and recording it in a hardcover book

Investigating eating disorders and mental issues Raising awareness of depression due to cyber bullying

Website Video

GOOD LUCK MYP5!!

MAY 2018


Quick Way to

Save 8 Lives There is one question that has been on the agenda and a major focus of the debates of the Dutch government over the past few months: should something be done in order to improve the current number of registered donors, and if so, what? Many politicians and citizens are convinced that the passing of the new donor law in the Netherlands will make a tremendous improvement to the current number of registered donors. The new donor law consists of a few steps taken in order to ensure an answer from every Dutch citizen. Firstly, the choice still remains with each individual. Whether you want to donate everything or specific organs, or if you want your partner to decide or someone else to decide for you and even if you choose to donate nothing. In 2020, when the donor law starts to apply, everyone above 18 years old who is not yet registered receives a letter in which they are asked to make a choice. If you are already registered and have made specific choices, this will remain the same and you will be unaffected by the law. If a person has still not registered after the first letter, a reminder will be sent. The only real change to the law that will be made regards individuals who have not responded to two written requests. The new law speculates that these individuals will be automatically registered as ‘does not object’ to be a donor of all organ use.

Now that the new changes to the law are clarified, it is important to understand what being an organ donor means. Vital organs such as the heart and lungs are in high demand, yet there is almost no supply. When people are willing to donate their organs when they no longer need them, others can live on due to your donation. Our country’s current situation with the lack of organ donors seems unnecessary, as a thousand people need organs they do not have, and millions have organs that they ultimately will no longer require. So, what causes the large gap between these two groups of people?

By Laura Silverstein

MAY 2018


Yearly, more than 1000 Dutch people rely on donors for life-saving transplantations. Yet only 21,5% of the population are registered as donors, and 63,4% still are not registered at all! This is what the new donor law in the Netherlands is trying to change, by making donor registration automatic by 2020. This law will encourage every citizen to register as a donor, or to submit their personal preference regarding donorship such as not becoming a donor or leaving the decision to their next of kin. You may be unsure whether to donate your organs due to your religion or because you simply are not sure what the possibilities are. The truth is different religious groups have different views on whether or not donating organs after death is allowed. Your personal opinion on it and the way you see your religion ultimately makes your decision. It is also an option to specify what organs you would like to donate, and which not. Â Unawareness about the importance of donorship and misinformation on the how-and-what question, often stops people from becoming donors. Imagine being in the situation where your last resort is a transplantation for which you completely rely on a person passing away in the right place and at the right time. This is why it is of utmost importance to educate Dutch citizens about how donorship works, and encourage them to give the green light and becoming a donor.

So, what can you do?

Who can register as a donor? Anyone who is registered with the Dutch municipality can become a donor, this includes inhabitants or workers in Holland without a Dutch nationality. Anyone from the age 12 and up can register as a donor, unlike the common thought you have to be above 18 years old. Think good and hard about your decision. After all, one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

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By Laura Silverstein

MAY 2018


Voor Wat, Hoort Wat! (Right?)

’’The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal’’ - Aristotle The debate considering the new donor law have been raising questions about the fair balance of donating organs and receiving organs. With only a relatively small part of the population registered as donors, the competition for receiving an organ is high. The waiting-list is a ranking of who needs and ‘deserves’ the available organs the most, ultimately making the difference between getting that organ you need or not. With such a tiny part of the population willing to donate their organs, and an even smaller part who actually have the opportunity to donate after their passing, the waiting-list for transplantations is the last obstacle to pass before receiving an organ. Many Dutch citizens are not informed enough regarding donorship and refuse to donate out of principle of the often-used excuse of ‘what if my lungs go to a smoker, my liver to a drinker, or worse, my heart to a murderer!’ My rebuttal to this: it is not this simple… Smokers, drug users or alcoholics only get placed on the waitlist after not abusing those substances for at least 6 months, with strong regulations after the transplantation. The laws in the Netherlands also gives every citizen an equal right for healthcare, without regard to the weight of your wallet or social stance.

By Laura Silverstein

However, a question that has been circling the Dutch community lately criticises the people who are unwilling to donate their organs, but more than happy to receive them in case they are in need.

In Holland everyone has the right to the same healthcare, but what if you are depriving others of life saving health care by not being a donor? Do you then deserve the same treatment regarding organ donation as someone else who is a donor, who does give others the same chance for life as they are given? Should your place in the waiting list be affected by whether you are a donor or not?

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Some agree with the ‘no donor, no organs’ idea, as it seems fairer. Yes, this principle may likely encourage people to become a donor, improving the number of donors in the Netherlands, but this is a complicated idea. It can be considered to be selfish to keep your organs when you no longer need them, when they can save other people’s lives. Wanting to receive organs but not wanting to donate them is like wanting car insurance but not paying for it, or like expecting birthday gifts when you never give them yourself. This may be a very simplified way of looking at the principle, but like the Dutch say, ‘voor wat, hoort wat’.

Voor wat, hoort wat!

Yet, is it really ethical to deprive someone of the same health care due to their personal preferences? We all deserve the same chance, disregarding our religion, feelings about death, nor our being or not being a donor. The truth is, we need donors, but we also need to keep our rights as Dutch citizens. If people get discriminated for their personal stance on donorship, or if the waiting list favours people who are donors, we no longer reserve the right for equal healthcare. After all, just because I do not give birthday gifts, does not mean other people should not want to give them to me. What I am aiming to say, is that you are allowed to have your own opinion about people’s preferences. However, it is still their preference that should not be affected by consequences of a disadvantage in regard to the waiting-lists. If this were true, people would feel pressured to become donors even when their religion, family, or moral ethics tells them not to. Everyone reserves the right to decide for themselves, with the guarantee for equal treatment.

By Laura Silverstein

MAY 2018


The Netherlands Is Racist The Netherlands is a wonderful country known for its

‘a group of people’. The PVV commercial was about the

progressive attitude. The Dutch policies on

Islam as a religion, not a group of people, thus it is

homosexuality, same-sex marriage, women’s rights,

completely legal and Wilders can peacefully continue

abortion, recreational drugs and euthanasia, are among

living his privileged life.

the most liberal in the world. On top of that, the Netherlands is also known for their diverse and

The PVV is only one example of racism in the

multicultural society where everyone is treated equally.

Netherlands. People of colour, especially Moroccans,

Sounds like the home-country of liberalism, but is it

have to deal with some form of discrimination every

really?

single day. This includes being treated with less courtesy or respect, but it also includes discrimination in renting,

You have probably seen the new PVV commercial that

or being denied a job because of their race/ethnicity. It

was released on the 15th of March. The 3 minutes video

even includes police brutality, a horrendous issue we

made a political statement by showing multiple features

believe only exists in the United States. However, studies

that, according to the PVV, perfectly characterize the

done by the University of Utrecht and Leiden, show that

Islam. These features included words such as “deadly”

the Dutch police sometimes use physical violence when

“terror” and “Jew-hatred”. After the video was aired on

dealing with Moroccan boys and men. Even worse,

television, people were justly outraged and social media

studies done by cultural anthropologists, show that

exploded. However, it was not only the content of the

police men are trained to treat Moroccans differently

video that offended and angered people, but it was the

than Dutch people. The anthropologists interviewed

fact that this commercial was legally aired on television.

several police men who admitted that it is permitted to

The video aired just before the NOS news, meaning the

treat and approach Moroccan boys differently than

majority of the country was surprisingly hit in the face

Dutch boys, one police woman even said: “You are

with this islamophobia. The fact that it was legal for

allowed to approach them harder and scold them,

Geert Wilders to even make this video, legally air it on

because they are used to this at home. Hitting also

national television, and get away with it without any

helps.” The Dutch police treats little Moroccan boys like

consequences, proves the unique issue of race in the

criminals, sometimes even as animals, and it is easily

Netherlands.

permitted.

The Netherlands is proud of its openness and tolerance

In the country known as the home-country of liberalism,

towards everything and everyone, but they are

we are accepting this hatred and brutality? Is this really

especially proud of their liberal policies and articles.

the country that Dutch people are so proud of? Don’t

However, there is one article in particular, which I find

get me wrong, I love the Netherlands, but this Dutch

very interesting, article 1: “All persons in the Netherlands

pride is what is keeping us from moving forward. Dutch

shall be treated equally in equal circumstances.

people adore the idea of the Netherlands being an

Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political

equal country so much, that they refuse to believe that

opinion, race, or sex or on any other grounds whatsoever

they are capable of being racist. The minute you

shall not be permitted.”

confront them with this issue, they feel attacked and

As stated in this article, discrimination, or hatred is not

immediately start to defend themselves. It is because

be permitted in the Netherlands, yet Wilders obviously

they are confronted with a part of their Dutch identity,

still gets away with it. Why? Because racism in this

that they don’t want to face. They don’t want to accept

country is deep rooted in our institutions. According to

that racism actually exist in their wonderful and

the Public Ministry, Wilders would be penalized for the

accepting country, but they must. The only way we can

video if it offended a group of people, invited to hatred,

move forward, is if Dutch people put their pride aside

discrimination or violence, and encouraged people to

and acknowledge that there is a serious race issue in

do something illegal. All of those things sound exactly

the Netherlands and that Dutch, too, are capable of

like what Wilders did, right? The loophole in this law is

being racist. Maybe then all persons in the Netherlands

that it only counts when the act is aimed towards

shall be treated equally in equal circumstances.

By Salima Ouali

MAY 2018


Seniors' Art Exhibition As we all know, our Visual Arts students show two years worth of dedication and passion by presenting their work at the final exhibition in the Clockhuys in Haren. This year's group of DP2 students demonstrated their individual artistic styles and themes such as nature and goats. Each student brought to life at least eight pieces that truly represented their theme. The graduating group was extremely grateful for taking Visual Arts as it is not only about the art, but also discovering yourself through many of Ms Ingram's therapeutic art sessions. The international community showed their true school spirit by attending the exhibiting that took place on April 13. Family members, friends and colleagues were definitely impressed by the creativity and development expressed in each individual piece exposed in the hallways of the art centre.Â

By Laura Sehnem

MAY 2018


The MYP Community Project When beginning MYP4, you will be greeted immediately with the ‘Community Project’, this itself is a huge deal for when you are in MYP, and it is also a stepping stone to having a good idea what you will have to do in MYP5; the ‘Personal Project’. Before moving on you may be asking the question; What is a ‘Community Project’? You may have heard of it before if you are in MYP3, or maybe even in the younger year groups. In short; the Community Project is basically a project that you will be doing in groups of 2 or 3 (or even by yourself if you really wish to do so) that will benefit the community. You will have to help the community by doing this project, and present it in the end. So what are the examples of or what can you do a Community Project? You can (for example) help out an animal shelter, organise a marathon and run it, raise money for a campaign, and much, much more. To this project there are many different possibilities to what you can do to help the community out with this project. From own experience, it might be handy to know a few tips on how to handle a Community Project, and what you should keep in mind. It will definitely come in handy especially if want to present your project well, and how to keep everything organised.

First of all, I will definitely have to say from own experience this year that you should make a planning for yourself. It will help a bunch if you plan everything out from the start, and also be serious when it comes to deadlines. When you hear about how much time you get for the actual preparation of the whole presentation, papers and doing the actual activities it may sound like way too much time, but in reality it is not a lot. So again, setting deadlines and keeping to them are very important when it comes to this project, it will help a lot.

By Loekie Groeneveld

Secondly, I recommend you record/note down everything that has to do with the community project right away in a document or in papers as soon as possible. In this Community Project, it is very important to note down everything you do, but only if it is something you did to do with the community project. The way you would write it down is in a document like on Google Docs as an example, write down the date and describe what you did. It does not have to be long, as long as you write down everything. Keep in mind you do not have to note down something for each day.

Thirdly, when it comes to presenting the actual project to everyone, it is important that you include only the most important bits into your presentation. This is recommended because if you did a lot for your project, it would not be extremely handy to present everything you did, because if you did, the presentation would be way too long, and it would end up boring the audience if you manage to keep talking for that long. What usually is recommended it that you always include all the important bits and pieces into the presentation, and if the presentation itself is done you could maybe include some smaller bits if desired. Also, while presenting remember to start with a good start / opening line, and end with a good ending sentence too which as an example could be a question that will leave the audience thinking.

This is only a small part of the actual Community Project, if you experience it yourself just keep in mind the small tips which will for sure help you out once the time comes!

MAY 2018

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