At Sri KDU International School, our students not only aim to achieve academically but also to develop holistically. We take service and community engagement very seriously. Apart from the many fundraising events, students engage with the community they raise funds for.
Students take ownership of what activities and which charitable organisation they support each year. At the start of each academic year, students nominate and then cast their vote for two charities that the school will support over the following academic year. While students can choose to support an international charity, the charity must have a base in Malaysia and has a specific project running in Malaysia, which can be directly supported by the funds raised.
SKIS 2020-21 Charity Selection Vote Result
The beginning of this term saw voting take place from a student-nominated shortlist of charities to select the two that we will be fundraising for this year. The results are that the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre with 55% of votes and The National Autism Society of Malaysia with 24% of votes have been selected.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world. It was founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008. The mission of the BSBCC is to promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, education, and research with the aim of giving captured sun bears a better home and restoring their right to live in the wild.
The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM)
The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) is a society formed in 1986 by a group of parents and professionals with the aim to deliver lifespan services to the community of persons suffering from autism. It was registered on 3rd March 1987 as a national charitable organisation and it strives to provide a range of support services to assist people with autism, especially children and their immediate family members.
Fund Raising Activities in Term 1 (2020/2021)
Despite the restrictions of the CMCO and the school closure students have been taking part on-line in House Departmental Virtual Challenges to fund raise. The first of three virtual departmental challenges took place in October with the Computing Department setting an on-line and very challenging computational thinking quiz. A total of 545 students took part. Our newly appointed House Year Leads went around their respective year groups prior to the event collecting a voluntary participation charity contribution which raised an amazing total of RM1900. The second round took place in November organised by the Maths Department. As school was closed at this point students were able to make a voluntary virtual pledge to take part which will be physically collected by the House Year Leads when we return. A total of just over 200 students took part and pledged RM661 to our fund raising. The final round takes place in December organised by the History department.
Breast Cancer Awareness Week 2019
Our International Baccalaureate Juniors took the lead in organising a very successful “Breast Cancer Awareness Week” in October 2019. Despite a gruelling academic schedule, the IBJ team, put on a whole host of events that supported this very worthy cause. The start of the week saw a real buzz of excitement, in the cafeteria, at lunch time. For only RM3, students could request a song of their choice and dance their way through their lunch time. Besides this, there were raffles and the opportunity to sign up for the big event of the week, the bake-sale.
Mid-week, students gathered in school, in a sea of pink and red, as they embraced mufti day and flocked to the annual famous bake sale. It was fantastic to see more stalls than ever at both the KS3 and KS4 lunchtimes. There was a delicious array of enticing and tasty foods ranging from cupcakes, homemade savoury snacks and treats as well as cookies, chocolates and too many other desserts to name. The stall holders demonstrated their superb entrepreneurial and business management skills.
During PSHLE, students from different year groups dedicated “care cards of HOPE” to breast cancer survivors. Overall, this week demonstrated what a wonderful loving, caring and supportive school we are.
My classmates and I took up the opportunity to organise the Breast Cancer Awareness Week which was held from the 31st of September till the 4th of October. This was my first project of the school term. The SKISS Breast Cancer Awareness Week has become a tradition for IB juniors to organise each year as it is not only a great opportunity for our CAS but also to raise awareness of this concerning issue among the secondary students of SKIS.
We were given 3 weeks to plan and prepare everything before the actual week started. Initially, I thought it was impossible to do this with only 10 people, but with the guidance of our teachers and IB seniors, it wasn’t as tough as it sounded. I was responsible for creating and designing the posters and the photo booth props. I also conducted a Year 8 Assembly to give them more details on breast cancer awareness week. On the bake sale day, I was in charge of the photo booth as we used my Polaroid cameras to take photos. We also held a bake sale and collected money form students for the school wide mufti-day.
Overall, we managed to surpass our goal by a massive amount, raising over RM2000 for Breast Cancer charities. With the amount of time invested in this project by the entire IB Junior class, I am pleased with the result. We also managed to create an educational and enjoyable week while raising money for a charity.
Pertiwi Soup Kitchen
Sri KDU International School has been a long term supporter of the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen, since 2014. At least once every half term and sometimes more frequently, parents, students and teachers come together to help out at the soup kitchen and take along items of clothes which can be distributed amongst the needy. Collection of pre-loved items is an on-going effort at the school the whole year round.
We believe that community engagements like these will raise awareness and cultivate our students’ compassion for the more vulnerable segments of society, developing them into well-rounded leaders of tomorrow, in line with our school motto, Tomorrow’s Leaders, Here and Now.