Globalisation: education beyond the Golden Triangle

There is no doubt our boys are very fortunate to attend school in a beautiful part of Western Australia; colloquially and fondly referred to as the Golden Triangle (GT). However, it is our job as educators to ensure we give our boys a greater insight into the world through an education that truly has an international focus. In doing so, we are preparing them for the world within which they will forge their own futures.

As a College, our vision is to develop a learning community with an international standard of excellence including a mission to develop boys of character with a strong self-understanding, a passion for sustained learning and spiritual inquiry who will become valued members of the global community. It is imperative that we engage in relevant strategic global opportunities to ensure we continue to work towards achieving our stated goals and aspirations. In doing so we ensure that our vision and mission are lived each and every day and not simply seen as empty words on a page.

There are two key aspects to our College's teaching and learning programmes; these are our academic and co-curricular focus. We have chosen two key organisations, the International Baccalaureate and Round Square to align with and provide us with global benchmarking.

As a three programme (PYP, MYP and Diploma) International Baccalaureate World School we not only have to meet our Western Australian and Australian Curriculum academic benchmarks, but every three years we are also subject to an in-depth curriculum evaluation visit as part of being a baccalaureate school. This includes visiting assessors from schools across the globe.

Our College has always had a great reputation for an expansive co-curricular programme. When we first looked into the Round Square organisation, it was immediately apparent that becoming a member would provide us with a formalised opportunity to provide global benchmarking for everything else we do outside of the classroom.

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Its founder, Kurt Hahn, was a German educator and a key figure in the development of experiential education. To this day his philosophies have far-reaching international influence that has stood the test of time. Hahn believed that students could only really understand life by experiencing it in many exciting and challenging ways. By testing themselves, students would be able to develop their courage, generosity, imagination, principles and resolution. Ultimately they would develop the skills and abilities to become the guardians and leaders of the future. He also believed that the greatest thing one could learn - and inspire in others - was compassion. Inspired by this principle, the Round Square network of schools share practical opportunities to guide and support students in becoming courageous and compassionate leaders.

We believe that the Round Square's focus on IDEALS, standing for Internationalisation, Democracy, Environment, Activity, Leadership and Service, provides Scotch with a framework for our vast array of activities and programmes offered through our co-curricular programme.

Furthermore, participation in Round Square would help us coordinate student exchange opportunities at Scotch. Since gaining Round Square regional status two years ago we have had numerous students complete exchange programmes with schools from across the globe. Furthermore, our staff members have participated in global service programmes in Nicaragua, Cambodia and Nepal. Exchange provides a lens through which staff and students can experience a different world view.

Globalisation is not just about providing our boys with another frame of reference for career success. It is about increasing their understanding of how to apply our College's core values of Integrity, Service and Stewardship in the hope of creating a better world for everyone.

As Nestor Kirchner, an Argentina statesman once said "We must create a kind of globalization that works for everyone... and not just for a few".