Global Classroom Project

Global Classroom

What is the Global Classrooms Partnership?

The Global Classroom Partnership is an international initiative begun in the Shetland Islands 20 years ago. University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra (UCSSCLG) students have attended conferences in the Shetland Islands (2009 and 2015), USA (2010 and 2016), Czech Republic (2014) and Germany (2013).

Most recently UC SSC Lake Ginninderra played hosts to the first Global Classroom conference in April 2017.

Students from participating schools research and prepare assigned tasks on a set theme to present to the conference. The emphasis is on sharing learning between schools, with the ethos that students can ‘learn locally but think globally’.

The Global Classroom Partnership offers students invaluable experiences and opportunities for personal growth. Participants develop skills in interpersonal communication across national divides, learning to share cultural knowledge and develop empathy for the rights, views and needs of others.

The international schools taking part in Global Classroom are listed below:

Anderson High School, Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Bobergsgymnesiat, Ånge, Sweden

Graf‐Friedrich Schule, Diepholz, Germany

Gymnazium Zlín, Zlín, Czech Republic

Ridgewood High School, New Jersey, United States

UC SSC Lake Ginninderra College, Canberra, Australia

South Peninsula High School, Cape Town, South Africa

Shirley Boys’ High School, Christchurch, New Zealand

Where will the conference be held in 2018?

Sweden!

The conference will be held in Ange, Sweden from June 5-15, 2018.

Ange is about 4 hours north by train from Stockholm.

We have a core of interested students from 2017, but of course we seek further new students.

What qualities do you need for Global Classroom?

Willing to work outside “comfort zone”

You must be able to try new things, (food, activities, and new friendships), take on a leadership role within and without the group and be comfortable with public speaking.

Team Work

The group must prepare their tasks (movie, song and dance and research presentation) for the Sweden conference, so being able to work in a team is important.

Good student

You must be a good student, preferably with writing, media and/or choreography skills. You must not be V grading or have a behavior report.

Committed

The students meet once a week at lunchtime in B09.  There will be further time needed to finalise items, so a further regular lunch time and some days of the April holidays is needed.

Global Classroom has certainly expanded our horizons, and provided a great opportunity for student personal growth and cultural understanding.

If you are interested in joining the group, come and see either Matthew or myself in D109.

For further information about the conference contact:

Amanda Kabaila, Design and Tourism Teacher. E: Amanda.kabaila@ed.act.edu.au T 6142 0248

Mathew Phillipps, I.T Teacher. E: mathew.phillipps@ed.act.edu.au T 6142 0248