The Community Project

Through the Middle Years Programme (MYP) projects, students experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time. At Mascalls Academy, students in Year 9 get the opportunity to partake in the Community Project which combines the key element of service and action.  The Community Project is all about the students taking the chance to become an agent of change, a young person who makes a difference and campaigns for change through one of the below types of service.

Direct Service

This is an interaction that involves people, the environment, or animals.

Indirect Service

You do not see the community you are serving, however you can verify that your actions will benefit the community and the environment.

Research Service

Collect information through varied sources analyse data and report on a topic of importance to influence policy or practice.

Advocacy Service

You speak on behalf of a cause or concern to promote action on an issue of public interest.

What will students learn through the MYP projects?

MYP projects involve students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes.

These student-planned learning activities include:

  • deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project
  • creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project
  • making decisions, developing understanding and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.

As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they will find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic, and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.


Citation: International Baccalaureate®, IB Organization. “MYP Projects” Published by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) – linked here.