Global Perspectives is a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) course. There are ten schools in New Zealand that offer this course to Year 10 students, including St Paul’s Collegiate School. The programme is headed by Head of Department (History).
Students are asked to consider knowledge in a more holistic and philosophical way. The course is very futuristic in its thinking and design. Students are asked to develop big questions on issues they face from a range of topics including global warming, poverty, the technology divide, demographic change, conflict and peace, education for all and culture and heritage. Students produce two research portfolios of 1,000 to 1,500 words, which are marked internally. They also produce a group portfolio in groups of three to five.
CIE have approved a group project theme, sustainability, which is taught at Tihoi Venture School, where Year 10 boys spend six months of the year taking part in outdoor pursuits. A course requirement is that the boys carry out global collaboration and contact students overseas on their topic. This is where the development of ideas, exploring values and genuine problem solving, comes into its own.
Communication via iPads and the Internet opens new worlds’ of information. St Paul’s has recently initiated a global forum with the advice and support of Professor David Seedhouse. Students can post issues and survey students within the School and around the world on issues such as school pride, cheating in sport or the nature of respect.
Junior scholarship programme
The junior scholarship programme is an exclusive programme for those Year 9 students who have shown exceptional academic promise. Meeting fortnightly, the programme looks to enhance certain key areas that are deemed essential for scholarship in the senior school. These include essay writing, research skills and creative thinking.
Included in the programme are inspirational guest speakers and a field trip to places of academic interest where the students will have the opportunity to speak with world leaders in various fields.
The overall aim of the programme is to nurture the desire for learning in our young scholars and better prepare them for top academic success in the senior school.