Embracing cultural diversity

Action research at St Paul’s School, Bald Hills

St Paul’s School (SPS) Bald Hills is committed to developing its students as active and informed global citizens. To support this, the school has formed an Our World Languages (OWL) Club, providing an opportunity for students to experience other cultures and languages firsthand.

For one hour each week, students will have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions with volunteer parents from different ethnic backgrounds, providing a two-way process for students to express their thoughts, feelings and responses. First languages of parents participating in the program include Spanish, Afrikaans, Greek, German, Portuguese, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin.

Action Research Project – Our World Languages (OWL) Club

This action research project will explore how effective SPS’s OWL Club is at developing students’ understanding of multiple perspectives.

Project objectives

The OWL Club will support students to:

  • make connections with parents from a variety of ethnic backgrounds different to their own
  • celebrate the inclusive nature of the SPS community
  • learn the basics of another language
  • develop an understanding of different cultural perspectives in relation to everyday experiences.

Lead teacher

The project is led by Charles Mackenzie-Smith, Head of Learning Global Sustainability at SPS. With a focus on fostering a culture of global competence at SPS, Charles engages his students in authentic learning tasks featuring a provocation and critical investigation of real-world issues.

For Charles, collaborating with the GLC is an opportunity to strengthen his understanding of Global Citizenship Education and to share ideas, resources and strategies with colleagues within and beyond SPS.

Project evaluation

Video interviews with key stakeholders before and after the research cycle will be used to evaluate the planning and implementation of the project.

About St Paul’s School, Bald Hills

St Paul’s School (SPS) is an independent Pre-Prep to Year 12 co-educational domestic and international school located at Bald Hills, Brisbane. With a focus on helping students become innovative thinkers, SPS has researched, prototyped, tested and rolled out five unique Realms of Thinking that transform the learning landscape: creativity, design thinking, entrepreneurialism, global sustainability and inquiry.

Follow our findings

If you would like to learn more about the outcomes of this project, register for our live Passionate Practitioners webinar series and hear firsthand from participants as they reflect on the outcomes of their research and the planning, implementation and evaluations of GCE strategies in their schools.

The free webinar will be held live between 13 and 15 June 2018. Register online now.

Access the webinar here