Alongside a focus on personal development and character education, our international outlook is also at the very heart of what we do and equally vital to our ethos; we want our girls to know that as human beings there is much more that unites us than divides us. We think this work is vital to a world leading and world changing curriculum. As the author R.J Palacio says “we cant teach empathy, but we can inspire it’ and the direct contact between our girls and their counterparts overseas gives them a personal insight into life elsewhere and brings aspects of our curriculum into a real world context. An old adage suggests that at a party we should seek out and speak to the people least like ourselves. Don’t make a beeline for the people who seem just like you; dress just like you; think just like you! The people least like you are often the most interesting and our international outlook allows us to bring the outside world in – to beam children from around the world straight into the classroom; to meet different cultures, different races; to hear about life as a child elsewhere; to make new friends; to experience different points of view and to always be drawn back to the common traits that make us all human.

Alongside a comprehensive array of international trips and visits - Iceland, Germany, France, Spain, Cuba, USA, Nepal and Namibia this year alone - we are also committed to working with schools from around the world inside the classroom. We already have partner schools in France, Spain, Cuba, Morocco, Nepal, Tanzania, Lebanon and Bangladesh. Our work in this area this year, and our success, has only made us hungry to do even more. We have reflected upon and refocused our views that curriculum should not just interest and inspire the girls, not just reflect and respond and be relevant to the world we live in, but that we need to be much more ambitious; that the curriculum we teach should give our girls the knowledge, the skills, the drive, the courage and the values to change the world for the better; to realise that we are always ‘better together’.

A second consideration is that this is a sustainable way to ensure that the vast majority of our students get some direct experience of a childhood lived elsewhere, of a global perspective – given that all those overseas trips are costly for students and costly in time and organisation for the staff who lead them. They are of course also for the few and not the many. That said, this is a way to provide heavily subsidised trips overseas to students who would never otherwise have had the opportunity to go. This last year alone, bar COVID 19 interrupting plans, 23 students would have visited Madrid and we had begun to plan a trip for 20 students to visit Nepal in February 2021 on potentially life changing trips – all either free of charge or virtually free of charge.

However, all students can benefit from bringing life overseas directly into our classrooms through video conferencing technology and/or penpal exchanges and the like. Presently, too, with the current situation with COVID 19 and the likely impact for some years to come on overseas trips we feel this to be especially vital.

An international outlook is not offering lots of trips (though we do). It is a much more fundamental attempt to focus our curriculum on global issues and challenges, to provide opportunities for our girls to work with students overseas to better understand these challenges, (and each other) and to work collaboratively with teachers and educators overseas to share best practice. 

Check out our international outlook brochure for a more detailed look at what we do.

Benefits

This is an obvious strand for our personal development/character education programme, The FSGBacc. Girls would benefit in terms of self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, resilience, talking points and from access to the many additional opportunities and skills offered through the CCF programme – canoeing, skiing, walking, climbing, training camps as well as core activities such as field-craft, navigation, shooting and drill.

There are overseas visits and expeditions, international exchanges and many opportunities more locally for residential camps, leadership courses, etc

The key aims of moral courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty are surely noble aims for us all.

An obvious opportunity for personal development and character education.

This activity:

Builds Confidence - Most people find talking to a 'mic' in a closed room far less intimidating than appearing on camera or on stage. This allows students to express their views and build their confidence whether it is discussing important issues or sharing ideas, radio gives students a confident voice within their school.

Develops Speaking & Listening Skills - Radio is about speaking and listening. Whether you are presenting or just listening to a show, these vital skills are not only fundamental in radio but are essential for 'real world' skills

Improves Literacy - Seems strange to be talking about writing skills in radio but the first time a student looks at the 'mic' and then asks what they should say, they realise they need to write scripts and prepare between links. Extend this to preparation for talk shows, radio drama or telephone interviews and it is clear that writing plays a big role in radio – as does research, factual accuracy, impartiality.

Improving oracy - We all need great to be able to speak for a variety of purposes and to a variety of audiences. Talk at work is different to talk with friends. Certainly most jobs will require the ability to communicate effectively (even just at the interview stage) and many will involve presenting to clients/customers. Radio provides genuine opportunities to hone this important life skill. Can you speak in audience appropriate language? Can you speak articulately?

Giving Students a Voice and Empowerment- School Radio offers a platform for your students to discuss the issues that matter to them in a non-confrontational format. Whether it is discussing important issues or sharing the music they love, radio gives your students a voice within your school. Many find talking on the radio far less intimidating than performing live events or recording video. This helps presenters to express their views and ideas in ways they might otherwise never do. School Radio provides a fantastic platform for individuals and groups to voice opinions and involve fellow students in discussions, interviews, shows and radio drama.

Teamwork - Planning and presenting radio shows requires a great deal of teamwork. We run our School Radio station like a ‘real’ station assigning roles and responsibilities for presenters, engineers and station management. Producing great programmes is a real team effort

 

 

Open Player

Cheerleading, much like many other team sport, requires athleticism, teamwork, dedication, commitment, and good communication skills. Through choreographed routines, tumbling, stunts and jumps, it also improves muscular strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination.

Why not try mountain biking on our new purpose built trail?

Year group: All year groups via PE lessons & Trail Club

There are, of course, many physical health benefits to mountain biking but there are also many mental health benefits – being out in the open air with time to switch off and focus only on the ride. Immersing yourself in the natural world, completing a new challenge, a new trail or a faster time. The feeling you get when out with friends in the open air – in these moments mountain biking becomes a powerful force for your overall mood, presence, and perspective on life.

This activity:

• Offers a total body workout – whilst having fun and getting you out into the fresh air!

• Increases brain power

• Improves co-ordination

• Decreases stress

• Improves problem solving skills

• Improves creativity

• Improves self esteem

 

Contact

The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125