On Friday 23rd September, we handed over 55,000 plastic tops to Precious Plastic
Bangkok which was collected during the last three years. It was a wonderful moment for us
students as they have been actively involved in recycling plastic tops, ring pulls and plastic
bottles for a long time. The children will continue with these projects as they are now more
aware of the need to recycle items and they want to help create a greener environment for everyone to enjoy.
At RBIS International School, we pride ourselves in providing our students with opportunities that help them to learn in different ways. As a member of Round Square, RBIS students are able to take part in global initiatives that promote experiential learning built around six themes – the Round Square IDEALS of International Understanding, Democracy, Environmental Stewardship, Adventure, Leadership and Service.
The second Friday of every month is dedicated to Round Square activities. We kicked off the school year with a focus on Internationalism, which is the idea that building international understanding through exposure to different ideas and cultures will help students to tackle real world issues and develop competencies far beyond what classroom learning alone can accomplish.
Students explored this theme by engaging in discussions with their tutors and teachers about what it means to be part of an international school. They then undertook research and created posters about important global inventions that have benefited the world at large. Entries were varied and wonderful, ranging from aviation and artificial intelligence, to medical technology and vaccines.
Well done to all students on participating so enthusiastically. We look forward to many fun and innovative Round Square activities that will be held throughout the year.
Round Square related events at Secondary (October 2023)
The 6th Form students have been researching local community service opportunities as they begin to plan how they would like to support those in need. During the next few weeks, they will decide their next steps and who they would like to help.
The Community Service lesson this month looked at the community of Bangkok - a city full of contrasts. Students talked about the different life styles of the inhabitants of the city ranging from those who, for example, live in condos and apartments compared with those who are living in the slums. We looked at the problem of street dogs and cats - 860 000 stray animals! The students discussed the fabulous shopping centres which attract locals as well as the tourists who visit Thailand every year. There are many different aspects to see and talk about and I am sure that our students were moved by the contrasting images of our city community
Many of our Secondary students have taken up the challenge of collecting and bringing to school recyclable plastic bottles, plastic bottle tops and ring pulls.
There are many benefits of recycling and we aim to educate our students to understand the reasons for supporting this important aspect of life. It gives them skills in respect, empathy, patience, responsibility, and teaches them about consequences. It also helps create responsible adults, with a better chance of having a decent planet to live. Recycling benefits our community and the environment. Recycling means the use of waste itself as resources. Waste minimization can be achieved in an efficient way by focusing primarily on the first of the 3Rs, "reduce," followed by "reuse" and then "recycle."
It is important that our students realise that recycling is ongoing and that they should collect items to bring to school whenever they can. We award students community service points for collecting items to recycle so as well as helping the community they are rewarded for their efforts.
Our recycling area forms part of the Round Square corner; it is looked after by the 6th Form who, as well as putting up posters to encourage student’s support, also ensure that it shows the progress we are making with our collections.
Until now we have been collecting plastic bottles, plastic tops, ring pulls and second-hand clothes but we are going to widen our efforts by including cardboard, paper and metal cans.
The new Recycling corner