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Our Principal Writes: The Global Classroom

28 november 2014

Over the last few weeks I have written a number of articles about the many distinct advantages of being part of Nord Anglia Education (NAE).The NAE Global Classroom is another very good example of the huge benefits that we as a school derive from being part of NAE’s family of 31 premium international schools.

The Global Classroom which is an online virtual learning environment has been in existence since 2011 and has recently gone through considerable re-styling and re-structuring and contains many exciting new opportunities for our students.

The Global Classroom is run from the NAE’s own Education Department based in Oxford UK, where a team of online learning experts create content and learning opportunities which encourage and allow the 20,000 students in NAE schools around the globe to share their learning and their life experiences.

In the last couple of years we have participated in a number of big competitions organised by the Global Classroom, including the Dance Unites Competition (judged and supported by the famous Pineapple Dance Studio in London) and the Water Challenge. This year there has already been a science competition and presently the annual creative writing competition will get underway, and this year’s in-school activity – Make it Right which can be found on the home page under The Big Challenge.  This will focus on the rights of the child and coincides with the 25th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations Organisation of a treaty called ‘The convention on the rights of the Child’ including five key rights, supported by Action Aid and Oxfam. There are also online discussion forums, competitions and specialist areas. For example the offer for secondary students has expanded to include Young Journalists, an area opening straight away with a series of master classes for budding reporters.  In addition, there is a Young Journalists’ Academy for Year 9 and above.

For senior students there is some new content on the Thinking Futures area for careers education, information, advice and guidance which was launched in October.  Films from university admission tutors and employers, as well as current students, giving guidance for students thinking about university and beyond will be available alongside supporting guidance for applying to universities.

At BISS Puxi we actively encourage the students to get involved and we have three members of our team who devote a proportion of their time to the promotion and coordination of Global Classroom. In primary Mr Broadbent leads our Global Classroom activities, in secondary the responsibility lies with Mme Chareyron and Miss Rae is the member of SLT who overseas this area of school life. This week for example all of the primary students in Years 4, 5 and 6 received a Global Classroom passport to encourage student engagement and support students to develop their skills in using the Global Classroom and all it has to offer.

Just as the Global Classroom is an example of the exciting educational experiences available to our students beyond the physical classroom, the introduction of iPads will also provide our students with opportunities to enrich their learning and prepare them for 21st century living.  In January, children in Year 6 and Year 9 will be the first to benefit from the more integrated use of iPads in teaching and learning.

This coming week there will be an opportunity for parents of students in Year 6 and Year 9 to meet with senior staff to further discuss this exciting opportunity.   

Finally before I close this week, it would be remiss of me not to mention the sporting success that we enjoyed over the weekend. The Under 19 rugby team completed an unbeaten season with victory in the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) Rugby Championship held at BISS Pudong last weekend. It is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and targeted training and practice. Our young and relatively inexperienced netball team also gave a good account of themselves and finished a creditable fourth.

I look forward to seeing you at the numerous end of term events over the next couple of weeks.

- Kevin Foyle, Principal