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Year 6 Learning about being International

31 March 2017

Over international week 6B interviewed a wide range of children and adults from tiny Year 2 to the Principal of the school, Dr. Hopkin. Our group, Lucy, Bethany, Sebastian and Yuling, interviewed many but chose to talk about our Principal and some Year 3 as we think they gave the best answers from their point of view. 

  • International Week 2017

Student's Writing:

Year 3 children are the second youngest out of the people we interviewed and yet gave some of the best answers. Our first question centers on what international meant to them and their ideas were very helpful on our understanding of international. In his answer, Sander mentioned that international was another word for looking different, celebrating different cultures and trading. Elle had different ideas; she mentioned that food was a key part of international.

Dr. Hopkin talked about him and his family but still concentrated on the meaning of the questions we gave the Year 3 yet answered from a different point of view and gave very different answers to the Year 3. He answered our second question brilliantly and gave a clear explanation on ‘what makes us international?’ He told us that even though we all have ears, eyes, a nose and a mouth; we are all similar in other ways like we could share the same value. Even though we can’t speak the same language as somebody we can still prefer the same music or football team’s etcetera.

Dr. Hopkin said that if he met an alien he would tell him that international was the kind of word that sums up that we are all different but in a way we are all the same.

The Year 3 answered; international means different food, different countries coming together and people who move from their home countries to a different country to live.

Bertina Sum, Year 6 Student

This week we were learning about being international. We worked in groups of four and wrote different questions related to being international and we chose the three best ones, my group mates: Julie, Anamay, Jennifer and me Bertina. The first questions we decided on was “How does it feel to speak a different language than others?”  several students had the same answer they think that it is upsetting and sad that you couldn’t understand what the other people are saying, it makes them uncomfortable. A student responded in a total opposite, she said “Being different is good…”

The second question we all agreed on “Is it hard for you to move from place to place?” Most of the students agreed that its hard to move, they miss their friends and family and they don’t know when will they ever see them again. Dr. Hopkin our Principal found moving interesting and fun, since you can meet new people and explore new places. Except that if you move too much nowhere feels like home or you can see it the other way. Everywhere feels like home……

Our final question is “Does anything help you by being international?” Dr. Hopkin answered that, you can learn new languages, like Chinese which he is currently learning, you could try new things and have different opportunities. You can also see the world at a whole different angle. Mr. Fisher thinks that being international is much better because you can try new things and meet new people.

From this experience we learned that being international might mean many different things according to different people. But I believe that being international makes your whole world much bigger and better.

Ian Broadbent, Year 6 Class Teacher