College – Issue 34

Hillary Award, boarding and Immerse & Inspire programmes. Leadership is developed by our Centre for Character & Leadership. Our service programme is growing. For the first time this year some students in Year 10 are undertaking a week of service instead of an outdoor camp. In sport, we are fostering international links in hockey (Europe), rugby (Japan) and cricket (Sri Lanka Cricket Live service project). “Biculturalism and cultural competence has also been advanced through our powhiri, Chapel activities and the introduction of

forms for all boys, and of the variety of activities that will occur at school throughout 2018. Rob says the Round Square IDEALS complement College’s virtues and have strong links with the desired character attributes of our graduates, including global competence, a disposition to serve, a capacity to lead and follow, as well as enterprise and curiosity. “We integrate the IDEALS into all our programmes – for example, adventure is integral to our outdoor education, Duke of Edinburgh's

Te Reo language study in Year 9. The presence of our international students fosters cultural competence and awareness amongst our students.” College is also about to expand its exchange programme with more students from Round Square schools from across the world visiting for short periods each term, and is excited about being included in a Harvard research project.

College selected for Harvard research project

College becomes part of important international research this year as one of only five schools worldwide selected to take part in a Research Schools International and Harvard Graduate School of Education project. International Student Manager Deanne Gath says College is now a designated Round Square Research Fellow School, and one of just five – in India, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States – selected to take part in the current project. Head of International and Round Square Junie Wee and international student committee member Year 11 student Angad Vraich have been selected to lead the research at College. They will be mentored over the coming months by the research team, will carry out important investigative work as part of the study and will participate in a research workshop at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Boston, Massachusetts in June. The project will explore how educators in the Round Square community are supporting students’ development of international understanding and collect examples of best practice on good global competence education.

It is being led internationally by Dr Christina Hinton, Harvard Research Team Executive Director and Founder of Collaborative Research. While Round Square schools are tasked with developing global competencies in their students, often many do not know how to achieve this outcome and Dr Hinton’s project will look specifically at • what global competencies students in Round Square schools are developing, • what Round Square schools are doing to support/collect data on this, and • what the schools are doing to help students develop global competency skills – what activities are proving effective? Deanne Gath says this research is the first of its scale in this field and selected schools are to be examples and lead schools on how to achieve global competency. “The final report from this research project will be shared with the Harvard Research team, PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) and the global education community. Round Square will be at the centre of the global conversation around global competency.”

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