Service & Leadership
Marymount and the RSHM Mission that “All May Have Life”
Marymount students and staff fulfill our School’s Mission by responding to the needs of others in our local and global community in a variety of ways each year.
Some of the ongoing school groups and initiatives we participate in include:
- Zambia Committee
- Operation Smile
- Outreach to Rome
- Refugee Outreach
- CAS Projects
- Global Issues Network
- Environmental Club
Elementary School classes and the Zambia Secondary Students Committee organize multiple fundraising activities to raise awareness and money for the RSHM Missions in Zambia.
The Annual Student and Staff trip to Zambia: Marymount students and staff volunteer at the RSHM Missions of St. Mulumba, Kalunda Ka Maria, and the Day Center in Choma.
CAS projects: Our IB students initiate many different service projects, which help support Marymount and the wider community.
CAS is at the heart of the IB Diploma Program. With its holistic approach CAS is designed to strengthen and to extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning.
CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity, and service defined as follows:
Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.
Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.
Service: collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB Learner profile in real and
practical ways, to grow as individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. Students develop skills, attitudes, and dispositions through a variety of individual and group experiences that provide students with opportunities to explore their interests and express their passions, personalities, and perspectives. CAS complements a challenging academic program in a holistic way, providing opportunities to self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment, and enjoyment.
The CAS program formally begins at the start of the full IB Diploma program and
continues regularly, ideally on a weekly basis, for at least 18 months with a reasonable balance between the three strands of CAS.
Students are expected to keep a CAS portfolio, a collection of reflections and evidence. This is not formally assessed but needs to be part of the portfolio for final approval. Students also design a CAS project that can address a single strand, two or all three strands, is collaborative, original, and engaging. The CAS project involves 5 steps: investigation, reflection, demonstration, planning, action for a minimum of one month.
At Marymount International School Rome, full IB Diploma students design their CAS plan to meet the seven learning outcomes. Students record their progress and performance on their CAS worksheet on Managebac. Students receive guidance and their plan is supervised by an IB CAS Coordinator.
Students have three interviews, submit a participation form with their supervisors’ signatures, and meet the MMI requirement of 50 hours in each strand in order for their CAS program to be approved. Awarding of a full IB Diploma is contingent on meeting the requirements of the CAS program.
The group is open for students in Gr. 9- 12 and meetings run on a weekly basis during a lunch time.
The group stands for the"Global Issues Network"with its global mission being "To empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues."
We work together to choose one or two important issues to the group and work to involve students in these issues and raise awareness on how to solve them. There is an annual conference that students can take part in with International Schools from around the world where there are many important key note speakers and student-led workshops by GIN members from around the world.
The National Honor Society is an academic service organization in which students are nominated for the academic excellence and contribution to their communities. Marymount students participate in such activities such as the New Family Night, Back-to-School evening, Parent-Teacher conferences, and other activities related to the Marymount community.
Marymount's National Honor Society (NHS) is open to 2nd-semester Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be recommended by teachers by their academics, service, and character.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Forms for Student Selection must be given to Marymount's NHS Advisor, Ms. Diana Valentini.
The Marian Chapter of NJHS is:
- a co-curricular activity that actively supports education goals.
- academic requirement is 3.3 GPA average; eligible students apply in January and are selected by a Faculty committee appointed by the Principal. Students chosen need to accept the responsibility and then are inducted in the Spring at a special ceremony.
- a recognition program established in 1929 in the USA (NASSP) and is currently found in public and private schools in every US state as well as schools in more than 70 countries worldwide.
- an opportunity to involve chapter members in significant learning experiences, especially in the area of service.
- inclusive and open to all students who choose to apply and meet the criteria of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
- a chance to receive an honor.
- Regular meetings during the school year on school days.
- The President may call special meetings.
- Minutes are kept of the meetings.
- All members regularly participate in school projects, events, and activities.
- Each year, our chapter selects one or more service projects.
- A list of each member’s participation in school activities is collected annually.
Marymount offers students leadership opportunities through the Elementary, Middle School and High School Student Councils.
Student Council students learn to draw up agendas and organize regular meetings with the elected representatives of each grade, design and organize fundraising events, engage in peer tutoring, speak at School-wide assemblies and participate in a variety of School projects and more.
Student Council representatives actively support the RSHM goals and the MMI Learner Profile by being a role model for the entire student body. They design meeting agendas, preside meetings, represent the Council at school functions, lead the Secondary School morning meetings, contribute to the Royal Liar school newspaper to inform the community about the council’s activities as well as participate in fundraising and other school events.
The Middle School Student Council gives students a continuum from the Elementary Student Council within which to practice and develop their leaderships skills.
For example, events include the organization and management of the Middle School Halloween Dance, weekly peer tutoring and the MS Model United Nations (MUN) Rome Student Tour for visiting students in addition to many other activities or service opportunities each semester.
Student Council meets twice a month.
The Elementary School's Student Council President and representatives meet twice a month with the Elementary School Principal and the Director of Director of Specialist Learning and Teaching.
Their responsibilities include drawing up the meeting's agenda and leading it, attending all Student Council meetings, participating in Elementary School Assemblies, designing and participating in special projects, act as representatives to the Elementary students by listening to their suggestions, exemplifying excellent school citizenship, and actively supporting the MMI Learner Profile.
Some recent examples of the Elementary Student Council's community service initiatives include:
"Operation Smile" - coin collection raised enough money for 3 Operation Smile surgeries.
"Joel Nafuma Refugee Center" - collection of toiletries.
"Annual Food Drive" - collection of non-perishable goods for Rome's poor.
"W.A.Y.S" - collection of plastic bottle tops for people with disabilities. The plastic is melted to be reused.
"WWF" - Part of protecting the environment includes protecting the animals and the Elementary Student Council organized a fundraiser raffle.
Every year Marymount Middle Schoolers join their peers from Marymount sister schools in London, Paris and Rome, part of the RSHM Global Network, to participate in an event that provides them with an exceptional opportunity to develop and refine their leadership traits.
Cross-cultural understanding and reflection on some of the major themes that characterize our present are just one of the beneficial outcomes of this special gathering.
Past activities have included thought-provoking items such as homeless simulation, followed by actual food distribution to the homeless in the city hosting the event.
Dynamic guest speakers, reflection on service activity, character strength and roles as leaders, youth political participation, project management and communication workshops are just some of the many topics that are covered at the Leadership Conference.