The Revolution: making the world a better place

Have you ever wanted to change the world? Have you ever dreamed of a better life? Have you ever wished that people around you were kinder, or more considerate? Have you ever wanted to do something to help others, but weren’t sure where to begin?

In July 2015, all students in Chenderit School’s Year Seven were set a homework to complete over the summer break: students were asked to "make the world a better place” by selecting and taking part in a range of activities designed to help them develop into caring, generous, empathetic adults. The assignment challenged each student to make the most of their time off school, by engaging in activities that might help the student, their family and the wider community.

The response to this assignment was quite staggering, and at times humbling. Students did themselves and their families proud, demonstrating great generosity and spirit. The assignment also had another, somewhat unexpected, result: news of the assignment soon spread via a range of social media, with parents, educators and all sorts of other individuals across the world quickly becoming interested in our assignment and associated ethos.

This year, we aim to build on this foundation, and are opening up the challenge to "make the world a better place” to students in all year groups, all staff, parents, governors and members of the wider community. This is an opportunity to make our community a happier, more amazing place to live, work and learn in. The more each member of our community thinks of others, and acts in a more altruistic way, the happier we will all be. This is something that everyone would benefit from, so the more people that can get involved in this, the better.

This year, as well as opening up the challenge to more people, we want to celebrate our achievements and share our experiences of helping others. There will be an exhibition in the Michael Heseltine Gallery, opening in September 2016, showcasing all the best responses from students in the school and beyond. For the exhibition to work well, we need your help: as well as getting involved in the project, it is important that you share your experiences and help to contribute to the exhibition. Who knows- perhaps something that one person does might inspire someone else and in doing so could help change the world. Perhaps something that you do could make all the difference.

» Get involved: how to make the world a better place
» Get involved: how to contribute to the exhibition
» Get involved: read about last year’s Summer Assignment