As part of its social awareness initiative, R.E.A.L International School, Suria Campus (RISS) embarked on two projects as a way of reaching out and contributing in some form or another, towards the current happenings of the world. Simply put, these projects were avenues for the teachers and students to do their bit in making the world a better place and to spread positive messages.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, and was famously introduced as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
The event at RISS encouraged the Secondary students and teachers to turn their non-essential lights off for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the cause. It was carried out during the students ‘PSHE’ period on 24 March 2014 from 8.20am to 9.20am. During this ‘power off’ time, all students were in their respective classrooms accompanied by their homeroom teachers. They were also educated and enlightened further on this acclaimed project and how it benefits the planet.
1,000 CRANES OF PROJECT
The ancient Japanese tradition of ‘Senbazuru’ promises that a person who folds 1,000 paper cranes would be granted a wish, such as having a long life or to recover from illness. Many a time, a family or group of people would come together to accomplish this labour of love. For RISS, it was no different, as the school community came together to make a thousand ‘Cranes of Hope’ that contained the collective hopes, wishes and messages of all the Secondary students for the safe return of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370.
Held on 24 March 2014 and concurrently with ‘Earth Hour’, each class was provided with a stack of origami papers that the students were entrusted with making the paper cranes. Each colour of the cranes represented a specific family member; red for sons, peach for dads, purple for moms, green for daughters, white for sisters, black for brothers, apple green for friends, dark green for cousins, yellow for grandmothers and brown for grandfathers. Student Councilors and Prefects of the Secondary school also worked to produce posters dedicated to MH 370 in order to raise awareness of the project.
The success of both these events would not have been possible if not for the dedicated team of teachers and students who came together as a united voice. Among other things, they took the initiative of learning how to make paper cranes. The Pastoral Department of RISS wishes to thank them all for their sterling effort, steadfast commitment and unwavering support in driving these projects.