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What is Global Citizenship and how is this explained to a DUCKS child?
Global Citizenship (GC) is embedded in the ethos of the College. Our mission is to develop future leaders with the correct skill sets to succeed, create positive and impactful contributions to the world, and to do so with a strong moral compass.
What does this involve exactly?
This involves the development of the College’s definition of the five key components of GC: Sustainability, Intercultural Understanding, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Social Justice and Wellbeing. Our young children are taught how to conduct themselves with compassion and consideration towards their friends, teachers, family, and the planet. They are encouraged to be aware of the connection between how they think, feel and act, and to consider the impact of their choices and actions beyond what is immediately visible. This is the Compassionate Systems Framework that guides all aspects of our curriculum.
How do you encourage a DUCKS child to be a good Global Citizen?
We provide them with powerful learning experiences, challenging conversations, and meaningful opportunities for experiential learning. All our teachers are equipped with the skills to support their student’s development of compassionate integrity, through training, sharing and peer mentoring. They model GC by being kind, caring and respectful and our DUCKS children learn through observing this. Additionally, each component of GC is associated with a Learning Bug to facilitate understanding. These Learning Bugs are ever present as the children are encouraged to:
- Ask questions and learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others
- Show empathy by discussing feelings and emotions and employing the Compassionate Systems Framework to understand complex issues
- Take care of nature and the environment at Forest School
- Be kind and inclusive, to stand up against unfairness and treat others the way they would like to be treated
- Participate in community service and contribute positively to impact the lives of others.
What activities encourage Global Citizenship behaviour?
A plethora of age-appropriate activities take place to nurture our young students;
- At Forest School, this is explored through child-initiated experiential interactions with the natural world, stress testing their moral compasses and developing compassion. This can be as simple as recognising the sanctity of life of animals, to integrating plant-to-plate teaching
- Fostering a sense of responsibility in children through Year 2 students reading to younger members
- Establishing links and creating interactions with groups in the local community such as students and senior citizens from the neighbourhood and creating gift packages during special occasions
- Having a shared ‘Positive Post’ box where children can anonymously compliment others across the school
- Organising activity booklets for sick members of staff and residents of the care home as a meaningful way to show love to others
- Using Compassionate Systems Thinking Tools to understand the needs with people in the community, exercise empathy and cultivate compassionate integrity by aligning head, heart and hand
- Embedding Compassionate System Thinking Tools into the curriculum as a way for our children to explore issues uncovered in inquiry, and through discussions and learning
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