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

 

Pictures Of Media: Call For Photographs For Reimagining Journalism

In August this year Freerange Press is launching its next big book. This time we are gathering the best writers and thinkers in the country to look at the changing media landscape in New Zealand. To illuminate and give voice to the writing we want to include around 25 excellent photos. We want these photos to document the different aspects of how journalism is made, how it used to be, and how it is changing. More>>

Safer Internet Day: Keeping Safe Online More Important Than Ever

Tuesday 9 February marks Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is designed to create awareness about the importance of Internet safety and encourages positive use of technology - with a strong focus on young people. More>>

ALSO:

We Have The Technology: Zephyrometer Up And Moving

“The needle’s stoppers had to be repaired because of the extra impact caused by the balance not being correct. We also added an extra 300kgs counter-balance – made from zinc coated steel triangle plates. These adjustments will now stop it bending low over the road in high winds.” More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Treaty Of Waitangi - Found In Translation

To celebrate the Society of Translators and Interpreters's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages... More>>

ALSO:

Northland Development: Trust Applauds $4m Government Funding For Art Centre

Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More>>

ALSO:

Memorial: 85th Anniversary Of 1931 Napier Earthquake

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye will today attend the 85th anniversary afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Napier earthquake, to pay tribute to the heroism, kindness and generosity shown by many during this and more recent emergencies. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news