MGSC has a number of programs that link us to the wider world:
- Sister school – Nakamura Senior High School, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
- Study tour to France
- Email and podcast exchanges
Sister school – Nakamura Senior High School, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Since 2006, thanks to contact made through the Department of Education International Division, MGSC has established a sister school relationship with Nakamura High School. Aichi is Victoria’s sister province. In that year 10 students from Japan visited us in their summer holidays and stayed with families from the school community and attended regular classes with our girls for three weeks. In July 2007 a group of 11 students and two teachers spent a week in Nagoya on a return visit. We have now established a program of reciprocal study tour visits in alternate years, and the principals of Nakamura High School and MGSC signed a Sister school Agreement in front of the College at assembly in August, 2009.
We aim to encourage cultural understanding and language learning among the broader school communities by providing these opportunities for educational, social and individual interaction between students and their families.
Study Tour to France
A sister school agreement has been signed between MGSC and Lycee Pierre et Marie Curie in Menton on the Cote d’Azure in the South of France. Mentone gets its name from Menton. The different systems in Victoria and France make regular exchanges and reciprocal visits difficult, but we have had occasional opportunities to visit, and the teachers of French at MGSC have worked very hard to establish a regular student tour of France. Our first Study Tour in the modern era took place in January 2011; our aim is to organize a tour every second year.
Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has joined Frankston High School in hosting a Year 11 student from Letsibogo Girls’ High School in Soweto, South Africa each year. The program provides a unique educational experience for the Soweto student as well as a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience our diverse Australian culture. MGSC families volunteer to welcome the Soweto student into their homes throughout the year. The students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities according to her interests both at MGSC and with her host families. MGSC families can contact Mrs Carol Duggan for further information about hosting our next Soweto student.
Email and Podcast Exchanges
Students in French classes have exchanged emails with students from Lycee Pierre et Marie Curie in Menton, and the Japanese language assistant is working on arranging live podcasts with between students of Nakamura and MGSC. Both programs aim at giving language development a personal and real-time urgency.
The College regularly welcomes students on exchange from other countries for all or part of the year. Opportunities are offered to our students to participate in exchange programs and each year a number of students participate in student exchanges to a wide range of destinations.
Global Connections Foundation
More than 200 school leaders belong to the Global Connections Foundation, which encourages global partnerships such as the Soweto program. They come from cultures and educational systems as widely diverse as Oman and Mongolia, Afghanistan, Canada, Albania, China and Australia. The Annual School Leaders Seminar is held in a different country each year.
For more information about the Global Connections Foundation see: http://www.globalconnections.org/