Bali Island School (BIS), one of the island’s premier international educational institutions, celebrates a year of impactful initiatives. In 2023, through their International Baccalaureate programmes, students of the school achieved some amazing results in social and environmental efforts. 

A core element of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is developing students beyond academic pursuits, with the aim of developing well-rounded individuals and indeed model ‘citizens of the world’. This is embedded into the very fabric of the curriculum’s philosophy. A great example of this is seen in the ‘Service as Action’ component of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), and indeed the ‘Creativity, Action, Service’ programme of the Diploma Programme (DP). These have been developed for students to foster care for their community members and to strive to make a difference in the lives of others and their environment.

At BIS, the students showcased a wide range of impactful initiatives, here are a few great highlights from last year, and previous years:

The “Giving Forward” group supported Bali’s disabled community by collecting kids’ toys, health supplies, shower kits, snacks, meals, stationery, clothes, and shoes. A group of students, going by the name of “Santa’s Little Helpers” raised funds for ‘Bali Street Mums’, who focus on addressing the health needs of impoverished women and children in Denpasar.


Another great project was “People’s Perpustakaan”, established in 2022, which involves the students creating a mini library. This was done to enhance literature experiences with local schools. Meanwhile another group of students found ways to contribute to Yayasan Pita Kuning, an organisation focused on supporting children battling cancer. Other efforts supporting children included “Go the Extra Mile”, where students organised a shoe drive for local children in Sumbawa. 

There are many environment-focused initiatives as well, instilling an urgent need for sustainability for the future. These included coral cleaning activities with Ocean Gardener, as well as working with Scholars of Sustenance (SoS) Indonesia to provide 1,148 meals to ease hunger for the surrounding community in 2023. The project significantly cut CO2 waste by 519.13 kg—equivalent to saving 46.35 days of electricity.

“The Service as Action ignites transformative passion in students for community engagement and positive change. The diverse 2023 projects, encompassing humanity, sustainability, and environmental impact reduction, represent a dedication to meaningful, sustainable change, positively influencing both the environment and the community,” says Edward Andrews- CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) and Service as Action Coordinator at Bali Island School

With their heart, minds, and hands in the right places, Bali Island School students are ready to embrace 2024  with a new spirit of being changemakers in this world!

Bali Island School (BIS-formerly Bali International School) proudly holds full authorization from the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer a comprehensive educational journey, encompassing the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes. This allows BIS to cater more than 300 students from all over the world, from Preschool to Grade 12 , ensuring they receive a world-class education.

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