International Mindedness Guidelines and Policy
GCVI Student Definitions:
- Being aware of ongoing events in the social and global community
- Understanding other cultures around the world and seeing other points of view
- Recognizing that we are members of a global community
- Questioning fear as a first response when faced with something or someone new or other
GCVI strives to embed international mindedness, including global awareness and respect for diversity, into the collective school culture. Our vision is to develop responsible citizens who will contribute to an inclusive world.
The concept of international mindedness is embedded into all disciplines and reflective of our diverse population.
Teachers provide an opportunity for dialogue that is reflective of international mindedness. Curriculum resources reflect a variety of sources representative of diverse groups and cultures.
Students learn different ways of interpreting and understanding events and facts from a variety of perspectives.
Students learn that their experiences and identity influence how the world can be interpreted
The curriculum encourages action, reflection, evaluation and further action.
The curriculum provides opportunities to reflect on the nature of learning.
Teachers allow for and encourage passion-based inquiry learning.
Student Attitudes and Values
All individuals are encouraged to:
- respect and value diversity
- be concerned with and take action against social injustice and inequities
- celebrate and respect differences
- understand that all cultures have equal validity and to practice acceptance and knowledge
- critically appreciate their own culture and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others.
- seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and be willing to grow from the experiences.
- act with integrity, honesty, a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of all people.
- be receptive of various perspectives