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Intercultural Skills & Understanding

There are important behaviours and attributes that students who demonstrate global citizenship should have. Learning to be internationally-minded goes far beyond cultural celebrations and being part of a diverse community. There is specific learning that can be embedded in our curriculum. These skills and dispositions are listed below.

Dispositions of Attributes

We want our students to...

  • be open minded to a range of perspectives
  • be curious about culture and perspective
  • be respectful to people of different cultural backgrounds
  • have humility and be sensitive to cultural differences
  • be empathetic to people of different cultural backgrounds
  • be resilient, courageous and risk takers when faced with cultural and language differences and ambiguity
  • be caring to people of all cultural backgrounds
  • develop (cultural) self understanding and self awareness
  • be able to laugh at oneself when out one’s cultural and linguistic comfort zone

Transferable Skills

In order to be truly internationally-minded, students should...

  • be able to adapt behaviour to cultural differences and commonalities
  • have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a multicultural/multilingual context
  • have ability to learn at least one other language and maintain their mother tongue
  • be able to think critically and creatively about culture and cultural issues
  • be able to research effectively about culture and cultural issues
  • be able to reflect deeply about their own cultural experiences and cultural issues generally
  • have the social and emotional skills to engage with people of different cultural backgrounds
  • take personal action to promote multiculturalism and challenge social justice related to cultural prejudice and stereotyping in their own community and in the world at large

Knowledge & Understanding

In an international and multicultural context, we want our students to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of...

  • their own values, beliefs and culture as well as the values and beliefs of others
  • the commonalities, differences and shared humanity between cultures
  • cultural traditions, customs and cultural practices in their own and other cultures
  • perspectives from different cultures
  • the interdependence and globalisation of nations
  • the causes of peace and conflict
  • the sustainability of communities and the environment
  • social justice and equality in communities and nations
  • human rights and responsibility
  • a variety of religions and spirituality
  • local and national politics, governance and economic systems
  • sustainable practices and lifestyle choices in a range of cultures