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Dr Phillip Moulds
Globalisation is everywhere. From the mobile phone we use to the food we eat,
from the car we drive to the clothes we wear. If you marked the "touch points"
you have with the world on just one day on an atlas, you d likely draw a spider web
that stretched to nearly every continent. Both organisations and government like
to talk about the need to be global or to be prepared for a more globalised world.
Education and discovery, however, have always been global "industries".
Academics, for example, have gone to every corner of the earth for
millennia to learn and to teach. Students too have travelled for centuries
around the globe to attend the best universities and research centres.
Today, "global" education involves partnerships between peoples, cultures and
nations at all levels. It is sometimes explained as education for the mind as well as
for the heart. As described by the Global Education Week Network and the North-
South Centre of the Council of Europe, Global Education today is largely about
interconnectedness and the possibilities created by this interaction for achieving
more equality, social justice, understanding and cooperation amongst peoples.
The so-called Arab Spring and recent social-media phenomena
surrounding Joseph Rao Kony, the notorious head of a Ugandan
guerrilla group, are prime examples of this active interconnectedness
today, especially among young global citizens.
In education terms students today are living as "active agents of history",
fostering social transformation rather than maintaining the status quo.
Global education activities at The Rockhampton Grammar School
are focused on students achieving what I would describe as global
literacy; that is, a mastery of a range of practices, understandings and
attitudes to enable them to actively participate in 21st-century life.
This makes it crucial for the School to give our students opportunities and
competencies to re ect and share their own point of view and role within a
global, interconnected society, as well as provide service to that society.
Such an example is presented on page 10, Building character on the Mekong.
13 RGS students went to Vietnam to help build a house for a family; what they
additionally built up -- although they may only come to realise this now in the
ensuing months since their summer trip -- was an understanding of complex
relationships of social, ecological, political, personal and economic issues not
only among the Vietnamese but among themselves and between our cultures.
In other words, they developed new ways of thinking and acting -- the best
outcome of any education endeavour and the core of what we want to achieve:
an education that is directed at the full development of each student s character.
PS: You ll see on the back page of the magazine a promotion for the
School s new student exchange programme with schools in Spain, Japan,
The United States and New Zealand. I invite you to consider this opportunity
to connect and appreciate life beyond our Australian communities.
4 Brie y speaking
News, RGS Past Students information and
more to keep you informed and up to date
60 SECONDS WITH
6 Jay Callaghan
A past student returns as a teacher
RGS ALUMNI PROFILE
7 Stuart Robert MP
The 1987 graduate still stands for
Grammar and the right
8 Read well & well read
Literacy has grown up
10 Building character
on the Mekong
Thirteen students who went to Vietnam
to help build a house discovered
a lot about themselves
12 Born scientists
Students are hooked on discovery
15 Extend and re ne
An introduction to the School s teaching
and learning programme
16 RGS Sport Highlights
18 RGS Photo Album
On the cover: The Rockhampton Grammar School s
Matthias Wust volunteered with other students this
summer to build a home for a Vietnamese family in
the village of Binh Hoa Phuoc on the island of An Binh.
See page 10 to read about their experience.
Volume 28, No 1, March 2012
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Macte Virtute et Litteris or Grow in Character and Scholarship.
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