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Australian Connection 2015

In line with our school vision of nurturing bicultural scholars, accomplished achievers and honourable leaders, the Australian Connection aims to nurture and develop our students into active and concerned citizens who are well-informed not only about Singapore’s affairs but also the world’s. The programme is designed to develop and nurture key 21st century competencies and skills such as civic literacy and global awareness, as well as cross cultural skills and sensitivities in our students that will contribute towards preparing them to thrive in the age of globalisation. 

This year, 19 Secondary 3 students were selected for the programme. Our partner schools include Ivanhoe Grammar School, Brighton Grammar School and La Trobe University. Our boys experienced the Sea Change Programme where they worked together with the Brighton Grammar boys and explored the road less travelled in Melbourne city. Our girls connected with the Ivanhoe gifted programme students to do a ‘Borderless Collaboration’ project they collaborate to find a solution to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The students ‘meet’ via social media to do their planning and discussion and this culminates in a project presentation when Australian students visit Singapore in September. The objective of this project is to prepare our students for the 21st Century workplace where it is vital for them to form partnerships with people outside Singapore in order to thrive.

Throughout the trip our students diarised their thoughts and reflections in a blog https://ahsaustralianconnection.wordpress.com. Through the projects and classroom lessons, our students acquainted themselves with issues such as reciprocity and cultural diversity, as well as social, cultural, political and environmental awareness.

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