HEATHFIELD SUMMER SCHOOL GIRLS – INTERNATIONAL, INSIGHTFUL AND INSPIRING

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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.

 

Bilingualism, Trilingualism, Multilingualism

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By Camille, France

In our increasingly global society, bilingualism, trilingualism, multilingualism – the ability to speak two languages, three or more – are on the rise.

But what are the benefits and inconveniences of being bilingual, trilingual, or multilingual?

As a member of a bilingual house hold, I was keen to investigate.

Being bilingual has advantages including being better at learning new words, learning reading skills, being able to use information in new ways. But also learning how to put words into categories, how to listen to others and connect with them.

However, some children might have speech or language problems. If a bilingual child does, the problems will show up in both languages.

For instance, one of my friend, Thomas, who is bilingual, told me once when we had a conversation about being multilingual that sometimes, he gets confused and makes some mistakes when he speaks. I also asked him questions about how to deal with the difficult question when you are bilingual “what’s your nationality?”

He answered that for him, it was really difficult to choose one. He also told me that he always feel “put one the spot ” as he doesn’t feel more or less of one or the other and that he always feel like a traitor if chooses one over another.

I personally think that managing multilingual identities is like playing chess: you use your analytical skills to move between different coloured blocks and you make deliberate decisions about who you are, who you want to be or who you have to be, and what you want others to see.

So if someone asks me the same question, I would certainly answer that I’m half French and half Japanese, living in France and without any hesitation, a fervent supporter of multilingualism!!

Experiencing Different Education

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By Saki and Yu, Japan

Heathfield School is a boarding school for girls in the UK, with many students from different cultural backgrounds. Girls are bilingual, trilingual or also multilingual here, but everyone usually communicates in the same language: English. This makes me easier to accept girls from different backgrounds, and feel close with everyone. Learning here at Heathfield  has helped me to understand other cultures and religions.

In Japan, I used to go to an international school for 10 years. At my school, there were many students that came from around the world. I thought it was a very global school, until I came to Heathfield. I’ve realized that the students at my international school were mostly American. We also never had an opportunity to talk about our own religion, culture, and our identity. It was a good experience to have a debate on if our religion is more important than our nationality in Heathfield.

Although international schools cannot be that international as Heathfield School, I also thought that an international school is a good place for people who don’t speak English as their first language to study English, and to introduce yourself to globalization.

I will talk about my experience as an example. I studied at an international school for more than 10 years, but I’ve chosen to study at a regular Japanese private high school. Having the chance to study both at an international school and at a regular school, I feel that students could have a better understanding towards other cultures if they are, or have studied before in an international school. Personally, I think that my classmates from regular school are not much flexible in differences; therefore try to be equal and all the same like robots. Additionally, we are only tested about what the teacher teaches us during class, so we do not have the chance to think by ourselves and talk about our opinions during class.

Studying in Heathfield, I feel I became more open to various cultures. The classes gave me an opportunity to think about other students, but also about myself: who I am, and what my position will be in the international society. Until now I’ve studied in several different environments, but the time I spent here was very special. Thus, I think that I was able to learn about diversity in cultural background at Heathfield School.

Saki

It has been about a week since I came here .While I have been studying  at Heathfield, I have noticed that there are so many differences in the rules and the way of teaching between Heathfield and the school I usually go to in Japan, which is a local school.

The biggest difference I noticed was the way of teaching things. In my school, during our history class, no one talks except if you are in difficulties. The teacher will speak about what is written in the textbook and then we listen to what the teacher says and write what the teacher says to our notebooks as much as we can. Before the exam, we memorize all the information and write it on the exam sheet. They never ask us what we think, and they force us to memorize what they think. As a result, we end up having completely the same ideas.

On the other hand, at Heathfield, the teachers lets us think for a while and they give us one point of view, so we aren’t forced to think like our teacher which makes a great variety of thinking which makes discussion more interesting.

In addition, the way of learning English is so very different. In Japan, we learn mainly grammar in our English class and in the next class, we will have a quiz, so we need to memorize the whole sentence at home.

In contrast, here at Heathfield we use English as a tool to study other subject like history and geography and world culture in general. The topics are often a little challenging but it helps me to improve my thinking skills and it’s a lot more enjoyable.

In conclusion, many Japanese schools force us to think as our teachers think which leads  us to have the same ideas and opinions as them but in Heathfield you are encouraged to think for yourself, so we can improve our thinking skills and so much more.

Yu

Emigration and Immigration

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By Maria, Spain

“Immigrate” and “emigrate” are two words that have similar meanings and can be easily confused.

Currently,  there is a real problem that affects us in one way or another. There are many factors that contribute to leaving your country such as war, poor economic scenario and poor educational infrastructure can be an element pushing people to emigrate to foreign countries.

Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UK among others welcome a lot of those people, but in fact is a difficult scenario because you have to give them somewhere to live in good conditions, a job and stability.

Education is one of the leading causes of emigration. Globalization has pushed immigrant children to move to the first world countries like the United States to obtain their education. People seek  a better education for them to be globally competitive. Education in the form of research and development is one result of globalization. Academicians accomplish their research their studies in other countries where they are able to utilize more advanced facilities and technological equipment to get better results. Scholarships also largely contribute to the number of immigrants in the academe. It enables immigrants to avail low cost and yet high quality education through scholarships.

Overpopulation is the most serious effects of immigration. When a lot of migrants move to other country, it will definitely lead to not having enough space to live and work as well. In addition, when the figure of immigrants increases too fast, it will probably result in not providing enough food.

In my opinion, we still have not realized the gravity of these problems. Many of the migrants die while they are crossing the oceans or maybe they leave their family and just start a new life. A devastating and truly unsustainable situation.

We should stop wars and try to push for greater world equality but I know that is difficult. But if we started now maybe in a few years the situation could be better

 

GLOBALISATION

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By Emmasofia, Italy

Definition & key trends:
Globalisation is first and foremost an economic phenomenon based on the increase of economic exchanges and exports. The main resulting phenomena of globalisation are economic phenomena: growth of exports, direct foreign investments and financial exchanges. Globalisation is not only restricted to having resulted in economic, cultural and political phenomena but its results extend also to production phenomena, in fact globalisation is evident in many consumer products such as gym shoes, beverages, snacks.

Global market:

As I mentioned before globalisation can be understood as a complex transformation process of global economic, political and cultural assets which has encouraged the fusion of national economies into a single global economy. The “single global economy” phenomena can be seen as a progressive process of the integration of industrial production and commercial exchanges which was speeded up by the advances in communication and transport technologies. Another important point to develop talking about “global market” is the impact of decentralisation of product. In practice the decentralisation of product is the relocation of all or part of production from the country of origin to countries with the following characteristics: cheaper labour, minimal trade union and environmental protection, law taxation levels. In addition, “De-localisation” and the expansion of global commerce have resulted in a huge increase of capital flows from one country to another.

Tourism:

Globalisation is not only about manufacturing but also about services. The service that is considered the fastest growing one in the past 50 years is tourism. International tourism was born in Europe, which still receives and supplies most of the tourist. Historically, tourism was only for the rich who would go on foreign holidays for months at a time. But, thanks to development, tourism was subject of an “explosion”. The reasons for such explosion can be identified into 5 elements: economic, social, political, communication, transport.

Friend or threat?

Globalisation draws people closer together and shows that we are all citizens of the same world. But at the same time it has increased the gap between rich and poor countries. World trade has increased hugely over the last 50 years, bringing variety and choice to the consumer and greater prosperity through economic growth. But increasing independence means that a crisis in one country has a huge effect on the world economy. TNCs (transnational corporations) lower production costs and provide cheaper goods and services for all. But at the same time TNCs mean lower wages and worse living conditions for workers in poorer countries. The technological revolution has transformed work and leisure practices, making lives easier. The technological revolution has not reached the mass of the global population, creating a digital divide. The digital divide is the disparity in access to information technology and digital communication.

My personal opinion:

I strongly believe that in the next few years the world will still develop and hopefully reach the global goals (Sustainable Development Goals).

GLOBALISATION

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By Ines, Spain

As the world evolves, humans come up with new ideas that may improve our living conditions. Globalisation has been one of the greatest improvements in recent years. The integration of people, companies and governments worldwide have made enormous steps forward. However, not everything in this topic is positive.

It is important to highlight that globalisation has led to greater speed and ease of transporting goods and people between different countries. Moreover, non-English speaking countries are able to learn this global language as more and more schools are teaching their students how to communicate, write and read in English.

On the other hand, globalisation also has its own drawbacks. Unfortunately, local traditions and cultures are changing and some of them are even disappearing. People in poor countries may prefer living like a Hollywood super star rather than wearing their cultural clothes or singing their traditional songs. Furthermore, globalisation makes less-developed countries work in very poor conditions. The reason why multinationals have their workers in such deprived countries is in order to reduce costs.

To sum up, in my opinion, globalisation has made more steps backwards than forwards. Everywhere you go there’s a Starbucks or a McDonald’s. We all love the same brands and it’s annoying wearing similar clothes and having all of us the same style. It’s time to think about the future: what will be about the world if we continue on this way?

 

Globalisation

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By Noura, Saudi Arabia

Globalisation is the process by which the world is becoming increasingly interconnected because of massively increased trade and cultural exchange. The biggest companies are called multinational corporations that have subsidiaries in many countries. Some of the outcomes of globalisation include freer movement of goods, increased international trade, and companies operating in more than one country.

Some of the factors that have influenced the process of globalisation are improvements in transportation which meant goods can travel more quickly and at a less costly rate because of the larger cargo ships. Organisations promoting free trade between countries contribute to the process of globalisation as well. Easier communication between people because of the internet and mobile technology is also a key factor that influenced the process of globalisation.

Companies that operate in several countries are called multinational corporations (MNCs). An example of a well-known MNC is the US fast-food chain McDonald’s. Other MNCs include Adidas, Sony, Coca Cola, Microsoft, and Nike. Factors that may attract a multinational corporation to a country include cheap raw materials, good transport, and friendly government policies.

Globalisation has many positive impacts including the providing of new jobs and skills to local people thanks to inward investment and the sharing of ideas and cultures. It also raises awareness of events happening in other parts of the world and helps to make people more conscious of global issues like deforestation, global warming, pollution, and the loss of biodiversity.

Despite some of the negative impacts of globalisation, which include the aggravation of income inequalities, the depletion of natural resources, and the degradation of traditional cultures, I feel like the positive impacts of globalisation far outweigh its negative impacts since it benefits both the rich and the poor as it does provide more jobs and because it is turning the world into an integrated economy instead of a series of relatively isolated economies which makes globalisation a generally good and positive thing for the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Globalization at Heathfield Summer School and Camp

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By Nicole, Denmark

Every year, again and again girls arrive from all over the world to join the 4 week course of summer school or summer camp at Heathfield School in Ascot. For these four weeks the girls do all sorts of activities, all from archery to dodgeball and from cookery to drama mixing with a lot of other girls. Heathfield therefore becomes a place with a lot of different nationalities, languages and cultures, this is why Heathfield is part of the globalization we know today.

Globalization means a process of interaction between people, companies and governments worldwide. At Heathfield the girls meet a lot of different people, therefore they interact with different people and make friends that they would not have met, if they have not came here. Which makes them a part of the international globalization that is a happening all over the world, where people, companies and governments become alike after their interaction with other countries.

After a stay at either at summer school or summer camp, the girls leave with a little bit of all the cultures they have been introduced to during their stay. When they then return to their home country they are aware of other nationalities and cultures – that adds to the worlds globalization.

 

This is why everyone who has the opportunity to go to Heathfield should take it. So they can experience it for themselves and be a part of something so simple and fun like staying at Heathfield. Which effects not only the world around us but also our future.

Why does Heathfield benefit us?

Ines (Benefit Education blog)

By Ines, Spain

After globalization, education has improved a lot. In fact, nowadays, there are different ways of learning. The closer links between countries have made international schools become more widespread. At the moment, many teenagers in China or Japan go to International Schools where they might learn what an English child learns at school. Heathfield, the Ascot summer school for girls, is a more intense example of International Schools. The difference between Heathfield and the others is that it works with many girls from many different nationalities over a short period of time. You might find people from Sweden, China, Portugal, Canada, The Czech Republic, up to 30 different countries.

Learning with a variety of people has many advantages

Firstly, working with girls from different nationalities can increase your own knowledge. Not just learning new languages but discovering the way others live. This is in fact, what Heathfield teaches us. Despite having different cultures, we all have things in common: hobbies, music, clothes, shops and so on.

Secondly, international schools might be more useful for our future. What you might learn in a local school is basically your own country, whereas international schools develop an understanding of other cultures and a global knowledge about the world.

I am a summer student at Heathfield. However, during the year I go to a local school. I do not know if it is because we are in summer, but I enjoy Heathfield classes much more than my schools’ lessons. The way we learn is absolutely different as in this ‘International school’ I do not practice my English just inside my class. I also talk to my friends in English as this is the only language we have in common. This makes you improve faster in linguistic terms and also in general appreciation of diversity.

In conclusion, I think learning with different nationalities has more advantages than learning in your local school. Heathfield has showed me another way of taking on board international diversity and I would definitely choose this one for my future.

 

What are Interracial Couples?

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By Barbara, Austria

According to a recent Pew Research Center report, one in six couples are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. A lot of people have different thoughts on this topic. Some stick with the old-fashioned way of marrying someone from the same ethnic background or religion, but that has drastically changed within the past 30 years.

However, biracial or bicultural couples don’t have as much of a chance of keeping a healthy marriage together than other couples, according to several studies of divorce rates.

The reason for this could be that the people in multicultural relationships come from different cultures or religions and therefore view of the world and people differently. Even though you love a person with all your heart, your relationship is never safe because of these differences.

What are their Issues?

Differences

A lot of bicultural couples have the problem of not sharing the same traditions or religious ceremonies. To solve that they have to come up with ideas regarding what they could change or improve, often leading to conflicts or even breakups.

Compromise

In all relationships you have to respect the thoughts, ideas, friends and family of your significant other. If you constantly disagree with each other on different topics, your relationship will probably end soon.

Judgment

Most people married to someone of another race or culture, experience stereotypical or rude assumptions. Not only are they judged by strangers but sometimes also by family members or even close friends.

However, there are couples who embrace each other’s differences and whose love for one another is unconditional, so nothing can tear them apart. Our world needs more of these couples. The ones that fight against racism and discrimination!