What is Action?
We want our students to experience learning as a purposeful activity, grounded in the real world. When they learn a new skill or make a discovery about the world around them, we encourage them to do something about it or with it. Taking action is a critical part of the learning process. Examples of action range from using a faster calculation method to solve a problem to writing a letter to the UN asking for a progress update on their Global Goals.
What is Student Agency?
In order for our students to become better problem solvers, thinkers and leaders, it is important for them to be provided greater autonomy. Student agency is the power to take meaningful and intentional action and acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of the individual, supporting voice, choice and ownership. As partners in the learning process, our students have the opportunity to make decisions about how, what and when they learn.
The Student Council
The MSF Student Council provides an opportunity for students to learn through and about leadership, promote school spirit and exercise their rights and responsibilities for creating an effective learning community. Two class representatives are selected annually per grade to sit on the Student Council. Students can also run a campaign for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Student Council meets regularly and discusses issues of concern from the student body, as well as organising activities to promote student involvement.
The House System
In the MSF Primary School, all students are assigned to a school House Team: Cross River Gorillas, Sumatran Elephants, Amure Leopards and Black Rhinos. House names are selected by the students and represent endangered species as listed by the World Wildlife Fund. The MSF House System promotes independence in students while also fostering a sense of community across all year groups. The house point award programme encourages students to motivate and challenge one another and gives students recognition for showing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile both in and outside of school.
Taking responsibility for our environment and the actions that can shape it is an important part of our learning at MSF. Through their units of inquiry, students become more knowledgeable about the world on a personal, local and global level. It is our goal to promote guardianship for our planet whilst developing and fostering understanding of the different perspectives and needs that drive human decision making. By taking learning outdoors whenever possible, we help to build our students’ connection to the natural world.
Schools play a vital role in promoting student well-being. At MSF, we create a joyous environment where learning is fun, challenging and motivating. Our insistence on kindness, tolerance and open-mindedness leads to an environment where students can develop their social and emotional skills without risk of failure. We care for every community member and help individuals and families overcome challenges that might otherwise have a negative impact on their well-being.