At BFIS, we have a natural desire to contribute to society, teaching children how to balance their own needs with the needs of those around them. We believe this will help them maintain healthy, well-rounded, and compassionate lives.
Compassion education is embedded in students’ everyday life at BFIS. Educators develop compassion in our students by intentionally selecting character-based lessons and activities that teach them to recognize and express appreciation for others, put others’ needs before their own, listen and provide sympathy, show kindness without expecting rewards, share, and recognize and help those less fortunate than themselves.
Participating in community service activities students develop teamwork, problem solving, and interpersonal skills while learning about diversity.
By the end of the school year our students participate in more than 80 different a community service activities and projects.
Elementary students learn that service begins at home. Working in teams and with the guidance of faculty and older students, they take on projects designed to improve the school community. Projects include helping younger students to read, recycling, landscaping and painting and participating in the BFIS Buddy Program during the summer and at the beginning of the school year.
Community service is an important part of the Middle and Upper School experience. It aims to enrich students’ educational experience, strengthen their rights and responsibilities towards communities and facilitate their passage from High School to the IB CAS program. The Community Service Program provides a framework of experiential learning that enables students to explore their rights and responsibilities within and between the different communities, and develop and consolidate different core personal and social skills, attitudes and knowledge in order to be effective and active citizens of the world. The program has been growing for the past 5 years, and now it has reached a new level of commitment where students are very proactive, proposing and requesting activities to get involved in. Three years ago, the school implemented the idea of a community passport that should be filled out with a certain number of VISAS each year in order to be able to move to “another country”, as a meaning for next grade.