Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

ShelterBox

Posted by Peter MUIR

There are no natural disasters, only natural hazards – a disaster happens when such hazards affect a community that is ill-prepared to cope with its impacts.  This was a key message delivered to Year 10 students by guest speaker Martin Roeth, from the organization ShelterBox. According to Martin, the most important step in disaster mitigation is to build a community’s capacity to deal with the impacts of a hazard, and to have this preparation done well in advance.

ShelterBox slides DC April 2013

Shelterbox prepares to support communities in response to natural hazards by preparing their ‘big green boxes of humanitarian aid’ ready for rapid delivery to an affected area.  ShelterBox responds instantly to earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones and conflicts by delivering their boxes to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families around the world who have been made homeless by these occurrences.

DC would like to set up a ShelterBox project group, and is inviting year 10 students to join.  Their aim will be to organise a ShelterBox awareness event before the end of this academic year.  For students who are interested in joining click here to sign up.

The Benefits of CAS and C&S

Posted by Peter MUIR

Year 11 DC student Boris Choy recently wrote an article highlighting the benefits of a sound CAS or C&S programme  – Why You Should Be Crazy For CAS

As we often discuss with our students at DC, doing things for others is certainly a positive outcome of CAS / C&S.  Additionally, and very important to consider in a school context, are the benefits that CAS / C&S provides to students.   In a nutshell, being involved in a well-planned CAS or C&S programme has the potential to provide the skills and knowledge that make students more employable, or make them better candidates for a university placement.  Indeed those students who apply for university scholarships are required to show what they have accomplished in their lives aside from their academic results.   A good CAS or C&S programme also develops the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, and makes students more well-rounded by having them challenge themselves by participating in activities that benefit the body, mind and soul.  I often say to our students, don’t look at CAS or C&S as a requirement, but look at it as an opportunity.