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High School: 27 March 2017

27 March 2017

Meet three St. Andrews students who exemplify the actions of responsible global citizens, and positive contributors to the St. Andrews community. 

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We are world citizens and members of the global community.

Our school’s Mission Statement ends, after the “inspired to be the best they can be” that I discussed last week, with the phrase “responsible global citizens”, and this was the focus of the CIS Symposium on Intercultural Learning that I attended in Singapore on Thursday and Friday last week.

It was a fascinating opportunity to discuss, with teachers and leaders from schools from all over the world, both what we mean by global citizenship and how we can provide opportunities for students to develop these qualities. During the Symposium, we discussed a number of different definitions, with the OECD, who will be assessing Global Competence in the 2018 PISA Tests defining this as

“the capacity to analyse global and intercultural issues critically and from multiple perspectives, to understand how differences affect perceptions, judgments, and ideas of self and others, and to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with others from different backgrounds on the basis of a shared respect for human dignity.”

As you will remember, the High School spent International Day last term celebrating our multinational, and multicultural, community, both with the “3 Fs”, of food, flags and fashion and through working together, as a multinational and multicultural community, to further define What makes a Great St Andrews Community?

What makes a Great St Andrews Community?

Our Selves

  • We are safe, healthy and balanced.

  • We have self-respect and self-esteem.

  • We are resilient, and learn from our mistakes.

Our Relationships

  • We are honest with ourselves and others.

  • We are empathic, always considering how other people are feeling.

  • We are helpful, reliable and responsible.

  • We are inspired and inspirational, striving to improve ourselves and others.

Our Community

  • We respect diversity and celebrate both our similarities and our differences.

  • We are a family, welcoming new members and supporting each other.

  • We keep a clean and sustainable environment.

  • We are world citizens and members of the global community.

While it is only the third, Our Community, section of this list that is explicitly about International mindedness, the first two sections are very much about how we can all become better citizens, both in our multinational and multicultural school and as part of the wider global community, and this is reflected in another definition we discussed, from Fernando Reimers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education:

"Global Citizenship is an ongoing process of development of our capacity to make sense of ourselves and those around us in a deeply and increasingly interdependent world. Global citizenship education is therefore a journey more than a destination as we are always in the process of becoming global citizens."

As I wrote a month ago, many High School students are currently involved in this year’s Nord Anglia Education Global Challenge, working in partnership with UNICEF to design practical solutions to support Global Goals 2 and 3, Zero Hunger and Good Health and Well-being.

As well as this challenge, which all High School students can be involved in, UNICEF have invited 80 Nord Anglia Education students in Years 10 and above to participate in the UN’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, taking place in New York in July 2017. Students will become NAE Ambassadors, and will influence politicians, demonstrating the action our schools are taking to tackle the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

We had a very large number of applicants, and asked each student, in their application, to discuss both the importance of the Global Goals and the personal qualities required of a Great St Andrews’ Ambassador. We had some excellent responses, and are very proud that three St Andrews students have been selected for this fantastic opportunity: Arnav and Lucy in Year 11 and Oonita in Year 12.

In their applications, Arnav wrote passionately about being inspired by Paul Farmer’s argument that “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world”, discussing both poverty and gender equality, Lucy described her insights from growing up in Hong Kong and Mumbai before moving to Bangkok and Oonita described her commitment to Service work, both at St Andrews and her previous school.

Congratulations to these three students - I am sure that they will both be Great St Andrews Ambassadors to the UN HLPF and make a real contribution to our continued journey to Global Citizenship when we return to school in August.

Roo Stenning
Head of High School

High School Calendar: Term 2

Tuesday 28th March

Year 7 and 8 Concert

Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st March

Year 12 ESS Fieldtrip: Chiang Mai

Thursday 30th March – Sunday 2nd April

BISP Tennis 4s Tournament: Phuket

Friday 31st March

Year 10/12 Grade Reports online

Wednesday 5th April

Songkran Assembly and Celebrations

Wednesday 5th April

Last day of school for Years 11 and 13

Thursday 6th April

Chakri Day/Teachers’ INSET

Thursday 6th April – Friday 21st April

Songkran Holiday

Monday 24th April

Beginning of Term 3