Friday, 13 November 2015

eNews Issue 13

Global citizenship is something we take seriously at HKA. Ultimately, we learn in order to engage the world around us in ways we find meaningful and relevant. Our students do a tremendous job with this and inspire us all. This weekend, several members of the HKA community will participate in the 24 Hour Run to stop human trafficking. And also this weekend, some of our students will be attending the Global Issues Network Hong Kong conference, while others will be at the Senior Public Speaking Championships in HK where questions of how we engage our world will also be front and centre.

Earlier this week, we hosted Damien Pitter from Yokohama International School to learn more about an initiative called the Global Citizen Diploma (GCD). The GCD is designed to complement the rigour of the academic programme by recognising learning that has taken place within the larger context of school and in the world beyond. For students in Grades 9-12, it will provide a more formalised structure for engaging in learning beyond the classroom and tools for documenting their personal stories about community engagement.

We focus a lot on the rigours of learning at HKA and we also have a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who attended the Movie Nights last Friday and Saturday. All in all, we hosted about 250 people over two nights. The kids had a great time (the cotton candy maker was particularly popular). I did my part by volunteering to chaperone the parents on the Verandah to make sure no wine was spilled! Thanks to all the volunteers who made the evening such a success! At the end of the two evenings, in addition to having a great time together, we raisedover HK$40,000 for the school’s Rock the Park Annual Fund campaign.

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