The New Zealand School Jakarta
Grade 10 Koru Project
At New Zealand School Jakarta, we believe in the power of service, offering awhi (help and support) and the ability of students to make a positive impact in their communities. That's why our year-long Grade 10 Koru Project combines community service with a real hands-on experience that students can learn and grow from.
The Koru is a spiral shape that is often found in Māori art and design in New Zealand. It is a symbol of new life, growth, and the unfolding of new beginnings.
The Koru's shape, resembling an unfurling fern frond, is a symbol of potential and the desire for growth and learning. It is also associated with the Māori concept of ‘Mana’ or personal power and prestige, and is often used to symbolise strength and unity.
The Grade 10 Koru Project is designed to give students the opportunity to delve deep into a social issue that they are passionate about and take action in a community service role. Throughout the year, students will be observed on a series of components that are meant to help them stretch, grow, and build character. These components include:
Research: Students will be expected to conduct research on the social issue they are addressing and learn about the various perspectives and solutions that have been proposed. This will help them develop critical thinking skills and the ability to evaluate different viewpoints.
Critical Thinking: Students will be challenged to think critically about the social issue they are addressing and come up with creative solutions for addressing it in their community. This will help them develop problem-solving skills and the ability to think outside the box.
Service: Students will be required to complete a term of community service related to their chosen social issue. This will give them hands-on experience and the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the community.
Writing: Students will be required to write a reflective essay about their experience with the project and how it has impacted them personally. This will help them develop strong writing skills and the ability to express themselves in writing.
Presentation: Students will have the opportunity to present their project and the social issue they are addressing. This will help them develop public speaking skills and confidence in their ability to share their ideas with others.
Character: Students will be asked to reflect on the character traits that they have developed or strengthened as a result of their involvement in the project. This will help them understand the role that character plays in making a positive impact in the world.
This project provides valuable experiences and skills that can help students prepare for university and life outside of school. Through the process of researching, planning, and completing a long-term project, students can develop important time management, problem-solving, and communication skills. The responsibility and independence required for the Koru Project can also help students build self-confidence and self-motivation, which are crucial qualities for future success. Additionally, by tackling a topic or issue that they are passionate about, students can discover new interests and strengths that can inform their future career and academic decisions. We are confident that this project will not only be a rewarding experience for our students, but also a valuable opportunity for them to make a real impact in their communities.