HCIS runs a 3-year Service Learning Programme as part of the Junior Creativity, Activity and Service (JCAS) programme in the Middle Years. Students are progressively exposed to a range of themes relevant to Singapore’s society as well as to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The 4 key Service Learning stages of “Preparation”, “Action”, “Reflection” and “Celebration” are used to develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management skills in the students.
As students transit from the Middle Years to the Senior Years at the Pre-IB (i.e. Year 4) level, they are exposed to the “Service” strand of IB CAS in the form of the planning and executing a service learning project as a class with an organisation of their own choosing in a specified area of needs in the community.
At the IB level, as part of the fulfilment of the IB CAS requirement, students will then embark on two CAS projects, one of which focuses on the international community and takes the form of a cohort-wide overseas community service trip (or also known as the CAS Trip), while the other focuses on the local community.
The Service Learning Programme in the Middle Years and the Pre-IB year, as well as the IB CAS project for the local community, will culminate in the annual signature HCIS Gives Back Day where staff and students step out of school to serve the community as a way to celebrate National Day.