There are two important parts to being an international school. The first is the international composition of the families. The second is the international experience acquired by students over their years spent at the school. Unquestionably, our families represent a broad range of nationalities from all parts of the world. But what about the international experiences gained by the children? Do they leave our School as truly global citizens?
We can all remember New Year’s Eve 1999. The dawn of a new millennium was welcomed with great optimism. Sadly, the international conflicts that troubled the 20th century have continued into the 21st. Never before has there been such a need to embrace global citizenship. As an international school community we must encourage our young people to be responsible global citizens and help them acquire a keen awareness of international relations.
Our School is fortunate in being a member of a family of schools under Nord Anglia Education. A network of 31 schools provides many opportunities for the international exchange of ideas and collaboration on a range of global issues. A sharing of stories, poems and pictures with our sister schools in Madrid, Washington and Beijing would capture the imagination of children in the younger years. Similarly, real time discussions, debates and analysis of world affairs with our brother schools in Doha, Pattaya and Bratislava would global awareness of in our senior students. The possibilities are endless.
I am a strong advocate of Global Classroom activities. Students must have opportunities to partake in programmes at Limanowskiego and beyond. Community service, music, art, sports, language and subject specific programmes and tours are essential if we are serious about raising global awareness and understanding.