Applications open for Community Engagement Captains 2017-18

Posted by Peter MUIR

An exciting leadership opportunity for students keen to develop their leadership skills, and help further develop Community Engagement at DC.

Students in Years 7-12 are invited to apply for a Community Engagement Captains position. The Community Engagement (CE) Captains will consist of elected student members who will play a role in managing and developing Discovery College’s CE activities.

This leadership opportunity will enable successful applicants to develop communication skills, skills in promotion and marketing, organisational skills, and foster information literacy and social capital.

The CE Captain’s role will include:

  • Encourage and support student CE efforts
  • Promote CE activities within the school
  • Assist in developing and reviewing a DC CE plan
  • Authorize proposals for student run CE events
  • Approve student proposals for CE clubs in the school
  • Liaise with Secondary leadership team about CE activities
  • Communicate CE activities to parents and the broader community
  • Prepare annual CE reports
  • Contribute to a review of DC’s efforts in CE
  • Where applicable, representing DC at external CE events
  • Meeting fortnightly with the Community Engagement Coordinator

Successful applicants will have:

  • Demonstrated development in each of the IB Learner profile attributes
  • Be able to commit to attend fortnightly meetings
  • A willingness to commit to Community Engagement

To apply for this position, please submit this form. Two student representatives from each of Years 7-12 will be chosen as CE Captains.

DB Green 10 year anniversary beach cleanup

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HKRFU Medical staff training

Posted by Peter MUIR

HKRFU is offering an opportunity for ESF students to receive first aid training and on-field experience in providing medical assistance with their medical team.

Participating students will have a chance to become trained in sports first aid, and then gain valuable practical experience as they work alongside the medical team at various rugby games and tournaments with the HKRU’s medical team.

More details can be found here, while here is the programme outline.

 

Watch your water!

Posted by Peter MUIR

Everyone uses water everyday to brush their teeth, shower, flush a toilet, wash their hands, and so much more. However, did you know that although 70% of our planet is made up of water, only 2.5% of it is fresh and usable? Although fresh water is scarce, we globally consume 1 trillion gallons of fresh water per year. That’s about 74,074 swimming pools! Wasting water not only limits the amount of fresh water we have to use in our everyday lives; According to WWF, by wasting water we have already created deserts, poisoned millions of hectares of land with salt and killed entire lakes, such as the Aral Sea.

Wasting water not only causes droughts and floods in places that never had droughts and floods; water wastage leaves less water behind for aquatic ecosystems, this damaging the aquatic environments as water is one of the main aspects of these environments. As we have a limited amount of usable water left on the planet, we must wisely use and preserve this vital resource.

What can we do?

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth – this saves 6 liters of water a minute!
  • Take shorter showers – showers can use up to anything between 6 and 45 liters of water per minute.
  • Fill the bathtub only halfway or less when taking a bath – this can save up to 12 gallons of water per person.
  • Always use full loads when washing dishes or laundry – this will cut out any unnecessary washes (and usage of water) in between.
  • Fix any leaks or a dripping tap – dripping taps can waste 15 liters of water a day, or even 5,500 liters of water a year.

Furthermore, encourage others to raise awareness, spread the word, and especially to take action as well. For example, you can take action through organizing events (with your friends) to further promote saving water! Although it may not seem like it, we will truly make a huge difference if we all contributed and took action to these simple, easy steps in order to preserve our fresh water resource. Imagine how much water we would save the more people took small yet significant actions (such as the ones listed above) to save water.

By: Sofia Van Trooijen, Year 9

 

 

Child Development Fund Fundraiser

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Come and support our fundraiser for the Child Development Fund(CDF)! There will be games, photo booths, and Tie-dye Workshops from 6th to 9th of June! All you have to do to participate is to make a small donation! CDF aims to alleviate and solve inter-generational poverty through this.

  • Tuesday (June 6th)  – Mini games before school, Tie Dying ($50) workshops during recess and lunch
  • Wednesday (June 7th) – Mini games and Photo Booth
  • Thursday (June 8th) – Mini games before school, Tie Dying ($50) workshops during recess and lunch
  • Friday (June 9th) – Mini games and Photo Booth

Your donations will go right into supporting children in Tung Chung for their “Targeted Savings” program. This means with your support each student will accumulate up to $12,600 which would then help to develop attributes like positive attitudes and self-resilience through “Personal Development Plan” and “Mentorship” programs.Your donations will contribute to a very meaningful cause in the Hong Kong!

Come join us for games between 6th to 9th of June for week-long fundraising activities at the foyer before school, recess, and after school!

Check out the Child Development Fund website for more!

Applications open for Sunshine Ambassadors

Posted by Peter MUIR

Keen to get involved with an active organisation involved in meaningful work to support the underprivileged in HK and abroad?

Sunshine Action, a HK-based humanitarian organization, is presently recruiting “Sunshine Ambassadors”.  Those interested will need to be dynamic, passionate about helping others, organised, be a team-player, and responsible. The role of the Ambassador includes:

  • Represent Sunshine Action at their events
  • Promote Sunshine Action events
  • Answer questions regarding Sunshine Action
  • Receive applications for volunteers and maintain a record
  • Help to extend the reputation of Sunshine Action in the school

This volunteering role will be for 12 months starring in August 2017.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail sunshine@sunshine-action.org or whatsapp 68884028. An interview with Sunshine Action will then be arranged.

Cause Corps

Posted by Peter MUIR

Want a chance to participate in different CE activities?
Cause Corps offers a variety of different CE experiences nearly every week. These ‘micro-volunteering’ events focus on a number of different causes, including the environment, children, disaster response, animals, the disadvantaged amongst our community, and more. Some of the experiences you could get involved in include making postcards for children in hospitals, donating toys and clothes to a Vietnamese orphanage and helping recoveries of natural disasters in Nepal.
You can contribute to these services by joining in different activities by helping knit, plant, write and design cards. By doing small actions like these, you can make a big difference to others’ lives.  Click here for more details

Sharing for a Cause 2017

Posted by Peter MUIR

Not sure what to do with your old storybooks? Or simply looking for a fun and meaningful way to make local and regional impact?

Kids4Kids is hosting its 7th annual Sharing for a Cause donation campaign from May 1-31, 2017, to collect English storybooks for children aged 3-12. Donated books will help build mini libraries in Kids4Kids‘ local community centre partners, and benefit regional communities in need via Crossroads Foundation.

DC Kids4Kids is a proud supporter of literacy development and creative childhoods. We will place donation boxes in the G/F Foyer Entrance and invite the DC community to get involved and share for a cause!  Donate today!

 

 

CDF – Volunteers Wanted

Posted by Peter MUIR

The Child Development Fund (CDF), aims to support longer-term development of children from a disadvantaged background, with a view to an alleviating inter-generational poverty. The CDF funds projects operated by non-governmental organisations and schools throughout the Hong Kong. These projects seek to encourage children to plan for their future, develop a savings habit, and accumulate intangible assets such as positive attitudes, personal resilience, social networks, etc., which are all useful attributes for future development. The CDF is a meaningful project to support the youth who are from the low-income families to develop their talents and pursue their dreams!

The programme is seeking volunteers (from Years 8-11) to help in various aspects. There will be meeting on 10th May (Wed) and 18th May (Thur) at lunch time (1:30-2:30) to help develop ideas including the funding briefing and fund-raising planning.  If you interested in joining or hearing more about the programme, please email Kate on kate.tse@dc.edu.hk before May 5th.  

 

Serve-a-thon Hong Kong

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Serve-a-thon Hong Kong brings together NGOs, corporates, government, media and civil society in collaboration to raise public awareness about the importance of community engagement in helping address social issues. ​

Over nine days, from May 6th through May 14th, the city will unite in service through hundreds of volunteer activities taking place across Hong Kong. This Hong Kong-wide ‘service marathon’ offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, schools, civic organizations and corporations to come together and serve the community.

With Serve-a-thon just around the corner, from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th May, now is the time to visit the volunteer activity calendar (scroll ahead to May) and sign up for an activity during Hong Kong’s first-ever ‘Community Service Marathon’.