Global Classroom is an elective registered (R classified) subject at UCSSC Lake Ginninderra which offers the opportunity for international travel each year to an international conference where particpating schools meet around a theme.
In 2011 the June conference is in Sweden with the theme Sustainable Development and Democracy.
The 2012 conference will be held in South Africa. For more information about the concept of global classroom see the Global Classroom website. For more information about Global Classroom at UC SSC Lake Ginninderra see the Our Curriculum page of this site.
In 2011, UC SSC Lake Ginninderra is not attending the global classroom conference in Sweden.
However in March the college hosted vistors from the Learning School, the gap year opportunity which follows the conference. The students involved in Learning School are travelling the world of Global Classroom schools in 2011 to research 'The Future of Learning, Teaching and Schools'.
The team is shown below:
The students were active members of the school community while visiting, particpating in 'Lake Idol'and running a fashion parade/concert to raise money for their earthquake affected hosts Shirley Boys High in New Zealand.
The flavor of the Learning School research in Australia can be gained by visiting their wikispace:
Lake Ginninderra College students attended an annual conference in New Jersey from 9 – 18 June in an international partnership of schools known as Global Classroom. The students had the opportunity to work with other students from partner schools around the world to research and debate current ‘global’ issues.
Global Classroom is an independent educational organisation which networks schools around the world.
The initiative involves shared learning among its schools and, apart from the course work, the students utilise wiki spaces and online learning to communicate ideas. The aim of the program is to encourage students to “learn locally” but “think globally”. The program aims to create an innovative network of schools that are committed to achieving systematic and sustained change.
Each year there is an international Global Classroom Conference hosted on a rotating basis by one of the partner schools. This year 10 students and 2 teachers from Lake Ginninderra College jetted off to New York City and New Jersey USA.
The conference provided a unique learning experience as it brought young people from all over the world together and allowed them to experience a culture apart from their own. Students came from schools all around the world including representatives from the Shetland Islands, Sweden, the Czech Republic,
Germany,USA, New Zealand and South Africa.
The theme of this year’s Global Learning Classroom Conference was Identity: Migration/Immigration.
The students worked hard over the last couple of months and presented their work on the topic of migration at the conference. Their presentation included a podcast of a discussion and debate session on the topic of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants, a national symbol which they had created to represent Australia, and a ‘cultural orientation kit’ which was a collection of essential items designed to
help new migrants to Australia settle in.
Lake Ginninderra College, who also sent students to last year’s conference in the Shetland Islands, is the only school in Australia to participate in Global Classroom.
Kasha Clarke, who was very excited to be participating, stated, “this conference gave us an opportunity to make new friends, see new places and through our discussions, gain different perspectives on universal topics and issues!”