This summer to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women first getting the right to vote in Britain, we have been honouring inspirational women through the decades in many of our events and activities and in the names of the classes.
Our course also showed how many inspirational young women of our own we had at Heathfield. In many cultural events, such as Question Time, debates and in our Model United Nations evening, our older girls spoke with passion, intelligence and courage about the global issues we all face.
The advanced group, Brady, was named after an inspirational British female entrepreneur and the girls took as their Project Class theme international issues, including aspects of multiculturalism and globalisation, often linking them to their experience at Heathfield. 22 girls from 12 countries spent time in the class over the four weeks and produced interesting and thought-provoking blog posts, written to a very high standard of English. Please take time to read some of them – we are very proud of them.
The first, chosen as our title post, sums up what we all hope is the special international spirit we have at Heathfield.
By Saira, Hong Kong
Heathfield is an international school but in a different way. Every year, a lot of students from all around the world come to Heathfield to enjoy the summer and to learn about different aspects of our diverse world. It can also give the opportunity to learn different cultures by meeting friends from different nationalities, cultures and religions. The special reason why Heathfield school attracts parents to send their children every summer, or even send them to go to school here is that this school is doing a great job of tackling the issues of culture diversity in the world today.
The definition of cultural diversity refers to differences among people because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds, language, dress and traditions. In my opinion, I think Heathfield school has done a brilliant job regarding this. We have some different activities to let us to know how to learn and understand other people’s culture, to comprehend culture diversity. For example, we have discussions about global issues and let different people from different countries have their opinion based on their culture and knowledge. The conversations are so interesting – we discuss a problem which may have happened in different countries but everyone has their own ideas and thoughts.
Moreover, we can solve problems by having different people from all around the world having classes together. While we are debating or just chatting, we can meet new friends and have fun in our classroom with different approaches to world issues. I have met a lot of friends and we all have different cultures. It enables me to respect other people by understanding them through having conversation with them in class and interacting with them.
I have been to Heathfield School twice and I love meeting new friends. It gives me a chance to know more about the other side of the world. Also through talking with my friends, I know more about myself. I think Heathfield could be a model for world understanding.