It is clear that our students will live and work in an increasingly global environment.
As international boundaries come to mean less and less, our qualifications must and will carry a high degree of international portability, but more importantly our students must develop the social capability of living and interacting productively with people from all over the world. I believe that it is essential to provide an active programme of experiences that will enable our students to have the understanding, drive and skills for such a world. To this end therefore, we were thrilled to welcome our Japanese partners from World School this week – 19 students and 2 members of staff from Kanto. They arrived on Thursday, very tired after a long journey but extremely excited to meet their host families. Likewise, we have been delighted to work this week with students and teachers from the Lycee Daugin in Bordeaux. The visit is part of the ‘Erasmus Plus’ Innovative Learning Project, sponsored by the British Council with a focus on marketing.
The mission statement of World School focuses on the fact that ‘in an increasingly interconnected world, we are forced to live and work in an environment that calls for a global perspective in all that we do’. This is something that we embrace wholeheartedly at Invicta. The knowledge that a ‘rapid growth of technology has undoubtedly created a world where we must reach past our immediate cultural boundaries and behavioural patterns’ and that to succeed, ‘we must continually stay in tune to the international standards that are created, be a part of the creation process itself by voicing our own set of values in an international context and then incorporate the knowledge we gain by making what we learn about the world, a part of ourselves and a part of our lives’ is critical to the education we wish to provide. The World School values and our commitment to the British Council Erasmus Programme highlights our motivation to ensure that, as ‘international citizens we must learn all we can about the world by creating a network of friendships that constantly broaden our perspectives; to adopt an attitude that as responsible globally minded leaders of our future, together all things are possible’. This is central to one of our core values of ‘Internationalism’. I am therefore both proud and pleased to welcome our international partners and hope that this will provide an opportunity for lifelong friendships.
I was therefore thrilled to hear on Friday that our STEM team, working in collaboration with Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, came 2nd in the National STEM Finals and, as a result, they are now off to Singapore for the World Finals. This amazing achievement not only seals our determination for women to be more involved in engineering, but it dove tails perfectly with our passion for international experiences. What a great combination! I cannot wait to see how this will provide our students with an understanding of the need to be part of the next generation of globally minded leaders and that together ‘all things are possible’.