Policy on International Mindedness and Cultural Diversity
Takapuna Grammar School will place a strong emphasis on students developing a global perspective and appreciating and valuing cultural diversity. The School will foster this by providing students with rich opportunities to learn about local and world issues and to get involved in activities that encourage responsible citizenship. Furthermore, all members of the school community will find ways to value the school’s own diversity and make the students aware of the diversity of the world outside of their school.
The Takapuna Grammar School Learner will be a “A global citizen, who is international minded, appreciating of other cultures, political and economic systems, and New Zealand’s place in the world as an independent and bicultural nation.” He or she will demonstrate the learning behaviour of “developing a global perspective and a sense of service in order to promote and develop a better and more peaceful world.”
Students will develop the competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum of:
Relating to others - Interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas.
Participating and Contributing - Being actively involved in communities. Communities include family, whanau, and school and those based, for example, on a common interest or culture. They may be drawn together for purposes such as learning, work, celebration, or recreation. They may be local, national, or global. This competency includes a capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group.
Procedures to develop international mindedness and cultural diversity:
1. Teaching programmes will endeavour to reflect a world perspective in the choice of content and resources. Students should be considering their place in a culturally diverse world and how they might contribute to its improvement.
2. Programmes should also equally recognise the unique culture of New Zealand. As an important part of this ,Te Reo and Tikanga Maori will be promoted through the curriculum, activities and ceremonies of the school.
3. The diversity of the student body will be recognised and celebrated in the classroom. The students’ backgrounds and cultures should be used as a resource equally. In the wider life of the school, cultural diversity should be evident in school events and ceremonies, in leadership structures and in sporting and cultural activities.
4. The school will actively promote the study of languages other than English with multiple entry points (see the Takapuna Grammar School Language Policy).
5. There will continue to be strongly supported International Student and student exchange programmes, recognizing the educational and personal value these students both gain from being at Takapuna Grammar School and also bring to the school.
6. The school will continue to develop relationships with overseas schools of similar philosophies and to find opportunities for students to share learning experiences both in person and digitally.
7. There will be a strong promotion of service opportunities for students to participate in, locally, nationally and internationally.
8. Staff and students will be encouraged to pursue learning opportunities beyond the school both locally and internationally. Takapuna Grammar School will also encourage visits to the school by groups of students and educators who might benefit from being part of or learning about the teaching and learning principles and practices of the school.
9. In all procedures to promote international mindedness and cultural diversity, the IB Learner Profile will provide guidance. These procedures should support students to be
· Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
· Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.