During this week secondary students have been using their lessons to focus on global awareness. International week provides an opportunity to reflect on BIS aide memoire of “Global Citizens Learning Together” and to consider what it means to be a global citizen.
The OXFAM charity organisation defines a global citizen as someone who:
- is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen
- respects and values diversity
- has an understanding of how the world works
- is outraged by social injustice
- participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global
- is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place
- takes responsibility for their actions.
The everyday curriculum at BIS provides opportunity for students to gain the skills above. During tutor time and lessons teachers have focused on things such as: the birthplace of famous scientists; the global goals; food; authors; world news; language origins of key words and much more.
Over the past 5 days secondary students have collaborated on a number of projects aimed at promoting global citizenship.
Students each filled out a luggage tag
that described a country or city that they have a global connection to, examples of connections could be to food, sport, family, language or many others. The tags were then attached to our very large secondary section world map, the results testify to the broad diversity of students and staff at BIS.
A small group of students took part in a “Taste Of Culture” activity, they made a tutorial on how to create springs rolls. We sent the
to a school in the UK who in return taught us how to make Shepherd’s pie. It is interesting to see how climate and common livestock influence national cuisine.
We concluded our international week with a secondary assembly, students and staff were treated to a performance from Year 8 who acted out myths of solar eclipses that they studied in science. Although international week has come to an end internationally themed activities and global citizenship will continue to be part of everyday learning at BIS.
Mr. Adrian Duckett - Science Teacher