Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Study trip to bring Singapore into New Zealand classrooms

Study trip to bring Singapore into New Zealand classrooms

New Zealand children will be able to interact with their Singaporean counterparts after their principals and teachers participate in an Asia New Zealand Foundation study tour.

Five New Zealand schools will be paired with schools in Singapore on the Foundation's Singapore Cultural Connections Trip from Sunday 6 July to Saturday 12 July. Principals and teachers from the two countries will set up formal partnerships and discuss ways to communicate on a regular basis – such as through Skype, student blogs, school visits and teacher exchanges.

The school visits will enable the teachers to connect with a range of Asian cultures and languages, including Chinese, Malay and Tamil. The group will also be briefed by Singapore's Ministry of Education, meet with the New Zealand High Commission and visit the National Institute of Education.

The participants are:
• Beckenham Primary School, Christchurch – principal Sandy Hastings and year 7 and 8 team leader Nicky Dunlop
• Carisbrook School, Dunedin – principal Ben Sincock and teacher Byron Sanders
• Henley School, Nelson – principal John Armstrong and teacher Leeanne Kyle
• Lincoln Primary, Canterbury – principal Vivienne Butcher and deputy principal Tracey Riley
• Orewa College, greater Auckland – principal Kate Shevland (a member of Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye's 21st Century Learning Reference Group) and HOD English and media Meryl Howell

Asia New Zealand Foundation director of education Jeff Johnstone says the Foundation has led delegations of principals to Singapore for several years. “These trips have given school leaders a new perspective on the importance of Asia to New Zealand and helped them meet the needs of their students in the 21st Century.

“This year's study tour has a focus on setting up formal school partnerships, which are a fantastic way to build intercultural understanding among children and teachers in New Zealand and Asia. The teachers will also get insights into Singapore's education system, one of the top-ranked internationally for science, maths, literacy and problem-solving.”

The study tour is one of several professional development opportunities offered by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to school leaders to help build Asia-equipped schools in New Zealand.

Carisbrook School teacher Byron Sanders, a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation's Leadership Network, says the school already incorporates many Asia-themed experiences in its curriculum through arts, languages, cooking and reading programmes. He is looking forward to giving his pupils the opportunity to interact directly with children in Asia.

“For our pupils to grow and be successful in a competitive global marketplace where Asia is a key leader, they need to know how to interact with people from this continent. This is the perfect starting point to learn these skills.”

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to building New Zealand’s links with Asia through a range of programmes, including business, culture, education, media, research and a Leadership Network. The Foundation is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.

For more information about the Foundation's education programme, visit: http://asianz.org.nz/our-work/educating-asia

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: NZ Praised For Sportsmanship After Cricket World Cup Final Loss

New Zealand may have been outplayed in the Cricket World Cup final by Australia, but received praise worldwide for their graciousness in defeat. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Werewolf: Finding Love In Hell

Will it really be 25 years in May since David Lynch’s Wild at Heart won big at Cannes, nabbing no less than the Palme d’Or? Amazing but true, and yet the film that was briefly Lynch’s most feted, now seems to be his most forgotten. More>>

ALSO:

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news