S&A | Keep Your Distance
By James Taylor
As part of our studies in the MYP, each year we complete a Service as Action activity or project. This can be completed individually or in small groups. The aim of this activity or projects is to do something that will help or inform our school or local community. For my Service as Action activity this year I came up with the idea of helping to protect our school community by making sure all the ‘Keep your Distance* stickers on the floors around the school were in place . I had noticed whilst moving around the school from lesson to lesson that lots of them had become damaged over time and some were missing. I thought by offering to replace the stickers around the school this would help fellow students and staff in the school to maintain social distancing during the current pandemic. I also thought that this Service as Action could support the staff at the school by taking on this job. There was two other students in my mentor group that also wanted to do this Service as Action, so we set ourselves the goal of making sure all the stickers that needed to be replaced were done as quickly as possible and all in place by the end of term one. This would ensure an organised start to term 2 after the winter break.
So we started the task of the 4th of December and completed it fully by the 18th of December staying after school on Fridays in order to complete the work. When we started the task we realised that there was lots to do, so we organised ourselves by deciding which areas in the school to prioritise first. We also needed to communicate with staff to acquire the resources needed and sent emails to inform staff where and when we would be working in different areas around the school. We decided to give ourselves specific roles, so that each of us could focus on different aspects of the work such as cutting up resources, taking up damaged sticker and cleaning the floors and replacing stickers and tidying up, hoping that this would allow us to work in an efficient way.. Although it took some time to complete the work, we are pleased with the results and it was clear that it was appreciated by the staff and students at the school as many said thank you to us whilst we completed the work.