Learning in the MYP

Middle School Beach Clean-Up!

The internationally-minded IB student is a critical and creative thinker [who] engage[s] in global ideas and issues with humanity and compassion. Understanding that we all share a responsibility to contribute positively to our local and global communities is integral to learning at TIS, and it is embedded in the school’s mission statement: to nurture confident, open-minded, independently thinking, well-balanced inquirers for global responsibility. Throughout the school, at all grade levels and across all subjects, students and teachers engage in inquiries that raise awareness and promote action within our immediate community, the school, or in the larger community, locally and globally.


Last Friday the Middle School students conducted a Beach Clean-Up! This was the fourth clean up done by the Grade 6-8 students, and it is an important component of the Community & Service program in the Middle School.

We loaded the buses at 8.30 and drove almost an hour and a half before arriving at Kita Imaizumi Beach where we did the clean up. For the students and teachers who went there last year, it was quite shocking to see that there was even more garbage to clean up compared to last year. This was likely to be due to the typhoon that went through the area just a few days prior to us going there.

After a good couple of hours of collecting garbage and sorting it into ‘burnable’ and ‘unburnable’ bags, and after eating our lunch near by, we headed back to TIS with everything that we had collected.


The Beach Clean-Up was also the official kick-off of the Grade 8 Community Project, a year-long, sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in our immediate and extended communities. This project is student-centered and enables the students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. The project is mentored, monitored and assessed by TIS teachers, and it will culminate with the Grade 8 camp in Yakushima in June.

Yesterday and today, the Grade 8 students started the second phase of the Beach Clean-Up, which is to sort the garbage into different categories, weighing them and adding the data to a speadsheet. The data will be sent to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that is focused on the health of oceans in the region and that negotiates with governments to try to reduce ocean pollution.

The students’ learning at TIS is connected to service, and to experience how our actions can have a positive and direct impact locally as well as globally is a meaningful and relevant experience for them. The Middle School students are living the school’s mission statement as well as working toward the overarching aim of the IB of being “…internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”

Thank you,

Kristine Adelsboell
MS & MYP Coordinator