Posted on: Thursday 23 August 2018
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Over the past few weeks St Hilda’s has said farewell to 14 Exchange Students from England, America and Scotland. It has been an incredible experience for our St Hilda’s girls to make some lifelong friends all over the world, create memories and learn about other schools, cultures and of course accents.
In the coming few weeks we will prepare to farewell Maeve and Rosie to South Africa; Mia and Claudia to Canada; Megan, Isabella and Annabelle to the United States; Anna and Sophie to Scotland; and Sasha, Anna, India and Violet to England.
We wish these girls safe travels and the best of luck on their Cultural Exchange Adventure.
St Hilda’s campus in Weeks 4 and 5 said Konichiwa and Sayonara to our sister school, Mukogawa from Japan.
26 students of Mukogawa school spent time integrating with our Middle and Senior School Japanese classes, and also taught our Pre Prep, Prep, Year 1 and 2 classes ‘Origati’ (origami), Calligraphy, Japanese games and songs.
I would like to express a very warm thank you to Mukogawa school for an incredibly successful and exciting two weeks. St Hilda’s looks forward to visiting Mukogawa’s beautiful campus as part of the Japanese Language Trip in April 2019.
St Hilda’s has been investigating the possibility of joining the Round Square global network. This is a network of innovative schools in 50 countries on six continents that share a passion for experiential learning and character education. The Round Square approach is built around six IDEALS of learning: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service.During the Term 3 break, Dr Wilson Reynolds and I along with two year 10 students, Stella and Fiona will attend the Round Square International Conference in Toronto, Canada as an observer school. Our trip will start in Vancouver where we will be hosted by our Canadian Partner Schools. We will learn about Vancouver’s green infrastructure, commitments to city wellness and urban vitality, explore cultural history, learn about early settlement, and dive into the beautiful natural spaces Vancouver has to offer.
Our next stop is Toronto where the Round Square Conference will begin. The theme of the conference is, ‘Bring Your Difference’ and the conference will offer a combination of guest speakers, group discussions, workshops, cultural visits, community service and adventure activities.
I look forward to attending the conference and exploring this opportunity for St Hilda’s.
International Connections Officer