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International Mindedness

Internationalism at Mulgrave is a frame of mind - an opportunity for our students to invest themselves in the role they want to play as members of our global society.

Global citizenship and the development of the accompanying skills is embedded throughout our curriculum. Additionally, Mulgrave offers opportunities for students to immerse themselves in this learning through language, foreign exchange programmes, service learning trips, and more. Learn more about each below.

A Variety of Experiences - At Home and Abroad

Service Learning and Global Experiences

Our Global Experiential Learning Project (GEx), which at its core includes a ‘service learning week’, is an important part of our Middle School curriculum. This initiative enables students to expand their educational experiences, further develop their real-world skills, and engage in meaningful and impactful service learning experiences.

Participation in the GEx Project and ‘service learning week’ is a requirement for all G7-9 students. The guide linked here outlines the various local and global options available to them.

Our Grade 10 & 11 students also have the opportunity to embark on an international trip. Based on the interest of the cohort, the destination and focus of the trip is determined by the students themselves. In 2019, the GEx trip went to Iceland. 

Through the GEx programmes, we are able to nurture and teach a range of intercultural, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, which will impact students for the rest of their lives. As well, pre- and post-experience project activities allow students to demonstrate initiative, take ownership and showcase their learning.

Language Instruction and Dual-Stream Mandarin Programme

Experts point to the importance of learning a second language as a way of raising globally-minded children. Speaking more than one language enables students to form cross-cultural bonds by facilitating empathy and better communication.

With this in mind, Mulgrave has designed a comprehensive language programme with specialist teachers in French, Mandarin and Spanish.

In Mandarin language instruction, Mulgrave offers a dual-stream programme for both native and non-native speakers. Native Mandarin speakers work to become biliterate in their mother tongue with the goal of earning a bilingual IB diploma, an impressive accomplishment that is highly-regarded among university admissions officers.

Mandarin is offered to students starting in preschool. Starting in Kindergarten, our students focus on the development of either French or Mandarin and work hard to develop their fluency. In Grade 10, students can choose to take an introductory course in Spanish.

Learning a second language is a requirement of the IB programmes and is key to developing authentic intercultural understanding. We are proud to offer a strong language programme that helps support our mission and vision to equip lifelong learners to thrive in a culturally diverse and interdependent world.

Trips and Exchange Programmes

The opportunity to engage students in a range of travel experiences is a core component of a Mulgrave education. Starting in Grade 6, students have the option of joining a myriad of multi-national and cultural experiences, providing an enriched perspective in all four strands.

As part of their curriculum, Grade 6 students are taken on a trip through Eastern Canada where they explore places that directly connect with their unit of inquiry furthering their understanding of history and government.

Additionally, students have a variety of opportunities to participate in foreign exchange trips to countries such as France and China.

cultural celebrations

Mulgrave International Gatherings

Mulgrave's sense of community and friendship is founded on empathy, commitment, inclusion and humility. Our values are rooted in a global perspective and a commitment to social responsibility.

Through events like Nowruz/Navroz and Lunar New Year celebrations, Global lunches, as well as exhibits and performances focussed on art and music from around the world, our community comes together throughout the year to learn and celebrate together.

As a result, we strengthen our ties to each other and find opportunities to support our neighbours around the globe while equipping our students to thrive in a culturally diverse world.