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Debney Meadows - Intercultural Understanding Project


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A showcase of our work to date in partnership with Deakin, DEECD, Melbourne University and a host of others.

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Debney Meadows - Intercultural Understanding Project

  1. 1. The  Debney  Meadows  PS     ICU  Showcase   Halima  A.,  Lucas  Dredge,  Felicity  Purcell  and  Helen  Otway    
  2. 2. Australian  Curriculum  -­‐  ICU   In   the   Australian   Curriculum,   students   develop   intercultural   understanding  as  they  learn  to  value:   •  their  own  cultures,  languages  and  beliefs,     •  and  those  of  others.     They  come  to  understand:   •  how  personal,  group  and  naHonal  idenHHes  are  shaped,     •  and  the  variable  and  changing  nature  of  culture.     The  capability  involves  students  in  learning  about  and  engaging  with:   •  diverse   cultures   in   ways   that   recognise   commonaliHes   and   differences,     •  create  connecHons  with  others  and  culHvate  mutual  respect.  
  3. 3. Focus  QuesHons     1.  -­‐  What  facilitates  ICU  in  children  and   adolescents?   2.  -­‐  What  facilitates  ICU  in  schools?   3.  -­‐  How  can  these  be  supported?   4.  -­‐  How  can  we  know  what  makes  a  difference?    
  4. 4. Already  happening…   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  School  Community  Values  Forum   Staff  briefing  by  the  School  Council  President  on  the  Somali  Culture     Digital  story  telling  project  –  The  Centre  for  Cultural  Partnerships    (Yr5/6)   My  story  project  –  The  Huddle  (Yr3-­‐6)   The  Song  Room  –  focus  on  diversity  (P-­‐6)   Play  for  Life  Pod  –  learning  about  play     Languages  learning  –  Arabic,  Italian  and  Vietnamese  –  (P-­‐6)     Volunteers  across  the  school    
  5. 5. Areas  of  priority   TO  IMPROVE…   EXPECTED  OUTCOMES  …   •  Student  engagement,   •  Students  will  be  more  resilient   relaHonships  and   in  their  relaHonships     connectedness  to  the  school   •  Improved  teacher  capacity  to   and  one  another.   respond  to  cultural  nuances   •  CommunicaHon  with  the   and  expectaHons   broader  community.   •  Improved  school   •  Understanding  and  acceptance   understanding  and   of  diversity.   acknowledgment  of  diversity   •  Teacher  capacity  to  respond  to   individual  needs  of  students   and  parent  expectaHon    
  6. 6. Key  foci  from  the   survey   Empathy,  intergroup  anxiety     and  awareness  of  racism    was  a  need  highlighted  in  the    student  and  staff  survey.  
  7. 7. Our  understanding  ..   Intercultural  understanding’  to  be  equally   shared  between  the  following:     •  ‘knowledge  of  other  cultures’  beliefs,  values   and  customs;     •  ‘interacHng  well  with  people  from  different   cultures’;  and     •  ‘understanding  the  cultural  diversity  of  the   society  you  live’.    
  8. 8. Exploring  languages,  cultures  and   beliefs         Blended  languages  approach     Personalised  online  learning   Oral  ConversaHons  with  naHve  speakers   Language  acquisiHon  and  cultural  learning    
  9. 9. CulHvaHng  mutual  respect  and   empathy  
  10. 10. Exploring  changing  and  variable     cultures  and  idenHHes     Searching  For…by  Madina  
  11. 11. Exploring  idenHHes  and  connectedness     I  Kissed  My  Mum  …by  Hussein  
  12. 12. Moving  forward  in  2014   Build  upon  our  Languages  program     with  community  volunteers  
  13. 13. Moving  forward  in  2014   Build  empathy  into  the  school  day  through     RestoraHve  PracHces  and  Circle  Time  
  14. 14. Moving  forward  in  2014   Link  new  programs   with  opportuniHes   to  build   appreciaHon  of   different  cultures,   beliefs  and   pracHces.    
  15. 15. Intercultural  Understanding  happens…   Within  a  day  to  day  context  of  the  school   As  part  of  curriculum  planning   During  student  engagement  and  wellbeing     With  posiHve  communicaHons  and   interacHons  with  parents  and  the  community   •  Through  key  partnerships  and  strategic   program  planning   •   With  students  at  the  centre   •  •  •  • 
  16. 16. “Different  people,  different  places   different  food,  different  schools   different  houses,  different  clothes   different  coloured  skin   but…   we’re  all  children!”  
  17. 17. Thank  you!