I will devote this final edition of Grammar News for Term 3 to our school's strategic direction in aspiring for our students to have a global outlook. I wish to acknowledge Carolyn Savage who has written an article for the IB on Thought Leadership.
Oakleigh Grammar has adopted her definition of international mindedness which means understanding, respecting and valuing different cultures, embracing diversity and knowing that different perspectives have a great deal to offer.
As a school that has embraced the IB MYP Program, we believe that international mindedness promotes respect, encourages collaboration and sees students develop high levels of empathy and compassion. As our school from ELC to Year 12 has a global outlook aspiration, the key signs of an internationally minded person, which we are trying to instill in our students include:
- Language skills.
- Ability to see themselves as responsible global citizens.
- Deepening knowledge and understanding of global issues.
- Ability to collaborate with peers from different backgrounds.
- Increased empathy.
- Increased self-awareness.
- Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
Why do our students need to develop international mindedness?
Global politics, worldwide environmental issues and dramatic population movements across continents have become part of our everyday lives. If we want our children to grow up to be innovators and leavers in positive global change then an international mindset is a must.
Our students are growing up in an increasingly interconnected world, where overseas travel and multinational businesses have become the norm. We are already seeing evidence in the workforce of a requirement for people to collaborate effectively across cultures, particularly in industries such as health care, law enforcement, education, customer and social services. One of the reasons Oakleigh Grammar has adopted the IB curriculum framework, is that this framework leads the way for independent inquiry and international mindedness.
What can you as parents do to develop international mindedness in your child/children?
Encourage your children to talk about their world as social media is bringing many of the benefits of internationalism into our own homes.
One of the best ways to develop a child’s understanding is to explore new countries and cultures albeit this can be expensive, reading stories from around the world invites discussion and celebration of similarities and differences. Watching foreign films or documentaries as a family, volunteering at local shelters, participating in environment work.
As a school that promotes the importance of multi lingual programs we have great opportunity to nourish our students in the theme of international mindedness.