The greatest gift that our alumni can give to South Island School is to share the learning journey that they have been on since leaving us. There are several different ways that alumni can help to support us in this way, the following ideas are just some of the things that we would ask you to consider.
Every year Year 11 students go into the community for a week in October to gain a better insight into the world of work. Could you or your company help with a work placement? If yes, we’d love to hear from you. If you would consider a longer internship for an SIS student, perhaps over a summer holiday period, we would also be delighted to try and match you up with an enthusiastic student. Year 11 and 12 students are regularly looking for business, science-related, design related or creative placements. We could establish a regular placement process if it was mutually supportive to your organization.
Each year, we organize a Business Day for our students in Year 12. It is a fantastic day of creative and entrepreneurial learning and every year we invite local business people to act as mentors and guides. SIS alumni already feature heavily in this progress, year on year – we would love to hear from other interested coaches.
There are many events, every year, at which alumni speakers would be really appreciated. From Careers talks to our Commencement Ceremony, to simply adding to our fantastic alumni archive of interviews. Our students really love hearing from those that trod the corridors before them – you have so many experiences to share that can make choices, which can seem hard to young people, less frightening and much more of an exciting opportunity.
Service and Social Enterprise
Our school mission is to make a difference. Our students do this in so many different ways but service is at the core of our school values. If you are engaged with social enterprise or service work anywhere in the world, we would love to get involved and to work alongside you for the benefit of others. All of our Houses support different causes and we adopt some major projects, like our Jumpstart Kindergarten in the Philippines (a five year commitment) on a longer term basis. Inspire our students, engage our students, work alongside our students to really make a difference.