Part of our vision at Sumner School is to connect children with the wider world. During Years 5-8 students become increasingly aware of national events, environmental, social and political issues and international events and crises. Through these they evaluate their role as a global citizen.
Connecting globally has increased rapidly over the past decade. Learning for our children is no longer contained to the four walls of the classroom. Through the internet our students can make connections almost anywhere in the world. At Sumner we want to nurture an appreciation of and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity, and develop in our students a sense of global citizenship.
Over the last couple of years we have developed a sister-school relationship with Glendal Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. It is a multi-cultural school with 37 different countries being represented. To help grow this relationship we have participated in several teacher exchanges with Glendal and in 2013 we sent a group of ten Years 7&8 students to Glendal for a week.
This year, we have 14 Glendal Primary students coming to Sumner, also for a week. We look forward to having them and sharing our world and culture with them. Thank you to all the parents who will be hosting these students.
In May, 2015 as part of our goal to extend our global connections, fifteen of our students and two teachers will be travelling to Samoa for an educational exchange. Whilst in Samoa students will be immersed in the Samoan culture. Time will be spent on both islands and students will stay in hotel like accommodation for a few nights, as well as, in a Beach Fale for a few nights.
Experiences will include:
The provision of an overseas learning experience supports our students to consider and engage in the role and responsibilities they have as active and informed global citizens, through connecting with peers in other countries, experiencing new cultures and developing new understandings of their place in the world.