Global Relationships Program
Glendal Primary School has developed longstanding positive and productive relationships with schools around the World.
We aim to prepare our students so that they understand and appreciate different cultures and thrive within a global community in the challenging, complex 21st-century world.
In 2012 our year 5 and 6 students have the opportunity to extend their language skills and travel to Nanjing China (Mandarin) and to Noumea, New Caledonia (French).
Our Global Relationships program includes:
- Regular student exchanges with our sister schools in the USA (Pennsylvania and Hawaii), St Petersburg (Russia) and Nanjing in China.
- The opportunity to work with other students and teachers from Our Joint Environmental Mission (JEM) sister schools every four years at the Earth Summit in Pennsylvania.
- Communication with schools in other Australian States and Territories and other countries using ICT tools such as Skype video conferencing, email, publishing letters / report.
- Hosting visits from interstate and overseas teachers and educationalists. We recently hosted a visit from the Director of Education, Oslo, Norway and 25 Norwegian teachers who came to learn about our Literacy program. Our Student Wellbeing program has been profiled nationally by the Federal Government and we regularly run workshops and "Learning Walks" for overseas and Victorian teachers and principals on our Differentiated Curriculum and Student Wellbeing programs
Our French language program for senior school students (years 5 and 6) includes the opportunity to spend a week in Noumea, New Caledonia, to further develop French language skills.
This French immersion program gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the French culture, to enhance and develop their French language skills and to experience some of the local culture and sights of Noumea where French is spoken as a first language. Most of our year 6 students go on to secondary schools where French is taught as a LOTE option.
Joint Environmental Mission (JEM) Program
This is a unique, international program with Glendal Primary being one of the founding schools and the only Australian school involved.
The JEM Mission Statement is: "To help the children of all nations walk together in balance with the environment"
The Goals of the program are as follows:
- To develop lasting friendships in JEM schools around the world and foster the notion of kindness and sharing with others around the world.
- To forge a viable environmental future through these international friendships and reawaken our students to the beauty and majesty of the earth we share.
The JEM program involves schools from America, Russia, Haiti, China, India, Ecuador, Kenya, Hawaii and Glendal PS. Each year a theme is established and schools conduct their own research and experiments to share and compare findings. Water, Air, Energy, Endangered Species and Earth are themes that have been explored.
An Earth Summit is held at the Buckingham Friends School every 4-5 years.
Glendal is actively participating and encouraging all aspects of JEM. Each class elects a JEM representative who attends regular meetings to discuss ways to protect, improve and beautify the Glendal environment.
School activities are provided for students from Prep to Year 6 which focus on environmental type activities ranging from gardening, craft, cooking, managing the school Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program and other conservation programs. Guest speakers and excursions are also incorporated into the program throughout the year.
The strength and special nature of the friendships forged during these international exchanges is testament to the values and success of the JEM program.
Student Exchange Program
Students in years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to be involved in regular student exchange programs as hosts to visiting schools and as guests of our schools in Hawaii, Pennsylvania (USA), St Petersburg (Russia) and Nanjing, China. We are also starting an exchange program with a school in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The exchange program with YouFu West Street Primary School in Nanjing is based on an annual exchange between our two schools, each school visiting the other school on alternate years.
The student exchange program between the Kamehameha School in Hawaii, School 213 in St Petersburg and Buckingham Friends School in Pennsylvania is operated on a four to five year cycle of visits. Students and teachers visited School 213 in St Petersburg in October 2011.
International and Interstate Communication
Students have the opportunity to communicate in writing and using ICT with other schools in Australia and overseas.
In addition to our JEM and sister school in China the school promotes the development of relationships with interstate country / outback schools and New Zealand schools in order to develop in students an understanding of our own Australian and indigenous culture and that of New Zealand.