VIA@Meridian adopts the Design Thinking approach when planning VIA projects or activities for the community. Using Design Thinking as the approach, it helps students gain a deeper understanding of social issues, develop empathy and a desire to impact the community positively. It equips them with the skills and knowledge to design solutions to improve the lives of others.
VIA Projects are mostly facilitated by Class Chairpersons and Student Leaders. They attended Facilitation Skills training, Design Thinking Workshop and VIA Briefings before they lead these projects with their peers.
- Students will be recognized for their contributions in LEAPS 2.0 (Service domain). This domain recognizes students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community.
- Additional service hours will be credited to students who embark on external VIA activities and other self-volunteering opportunities subjected to the proper documentation by the external organisations submitted to HOD CCE for approval and recording.
Sec 1 VIA: Collaboration with ALP
Level Theme: Personal Growth & Self-Care
Through CCE lessons, students will go through various case studies on Mental Health and Cyber Wellness before deciding on the area that they would like to be an advocate in. They will then proceed to come up with a mascot and a positive message during their ALP/Art lesson in either of the two areas.
Sec 2 VIA: Collaboration with Innovation Team and Student Leadership Team
Level Theme: Team Learning & Empathy
Our Sec 3 Student Leaders led their juniors in this project by helping them to recall the school’s Design Thinking Framework, Feel-Think-Do-Share. Together with the Sec 2 Class Chairpersons, they helped to facilitate the discussions to plan and execute a school event.
Sec 3 VIA: Collaboration with SG Cares
Level Theme: Leading With Care
Sec 3 students were given the opportunity to collaborate with the external organisation of their choice. Led by the Class Chairpersons, as a class, they plan and come up with the deliverables to meet the organisation’s needs.
Sec 4 and 5 VIA: Collaboration with Food From The Heart
Level Theme: Personal Mastery
Our graduating students have concluded their VIA journey. Through the project, they learnt more about Food From The Heart, a food charity organisation in Singapore and how the beneficiaries benefitted from their assistance. This lesson was led by the Class Chairpersons. Our students also donated food items to the organisation.