29 Aug Five Reasons Why Woodstock School’s Diverse and International Community Benefits Our Students
In his educational philosophy for Woodstock School entitled Eliciting Greatness, Principal Dr Jonathan Long explains the importance of education taking place within a diverse school community.
He writes: “In a diverse Woodstock ‘village’ young people can come together to discover a common humanity which transcends the divisions of wealth, culture, religion and ethnic identity which so often characterise the conflicts and problems in the world today.”
Dr Long also quotes Dr Martin Luther King: “If we are to have peace on earth our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our class and our nation. And this means we must develop a world perspective.”
As the world becomes more and more of a global village, it is becoming increasingly obvious that an education within an atmosphere of diversity and difference will give a child a head start in life in the “real world”.
But why does diversity in education matter?
Below, in no particular order, are five reasons we think Woodstock’s diverse, international environment is such a good thing:
- As a Woodstock student, you are living and learning with other students representing more than 35 different countries from across the globe, allowing you to learn from, appreciate and celebrate different cultures and traditions.
- Our staff also come from many nations, and provide a rich seam of knowledge and a variety of teaching techniques in the classroom, helping our young people to develop this world perspective.
- This global perspective is also developed outside the classroom through our large range of enrichment activities which have a hugely diverse and international flavour, ranging from Japanese taiko drumming to India Club to ultimate frisbee to cookery clubs to name just a few.
- After leaving Woodstock, many alumni comment that their time here allowed them to feel more at ease in employment situations where there is an international context, giving them an advantage over colleagues who haven’t had such exposure.
- Food is a subject that all Woodstockers love to talk about. And one advantage of our diverse community is that we can sample cuisine from all four corners of the globe at meals and get togethers. Yummy!
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Are you keen for your child to experience our wonderful diverse community? Admissions for 2013/14 open on September 1, download an application form for Woodstock School here.