Wilderness School encompasses a rich diversity of cultures alongside an excellent learning experience. Teachers and students are respectful of different cultural backgrounds. This relationship enables our school to build a harmonious learning environment where individual confidence is treasured by the celebration of diversity and curiosity. As an International student, I aspire to share the uniqueness of my culture with people who have been raised in different cultural backgrounds. This valuable exchange of knowledge extends through and beyond our school community.
Being this year’s International Student representative, we have established a new committee to broaden our traditional perception towards International students and acknowledge the majority and minority cultures around the campus. To achieve this, we aim to organise activities that will foster intercultural understanding between all students, and allow an opportunity to interact with Wilderness international students. In an assembly last week, we presented visual statistics about our school’s cultural backgrounds, which was informative and interactive. We also invited international students to share videos about their home countries to the middle and senior school, which the audience greatly appreciated. Furthermore, we formally introduced the International Students committee and following this, we introduced all of our international students whose home-based is overseas. The highlight of the assembly was when we distributed treats and snacks representing different cultures to teachers and students before they were dismissed. This assembly was the first of the many activities that we have planned for 2016 leading up to International Day in Term 2.
The committee’s ultimate goal is to build a bridge between international and local students and make Wilderness a home away from home. Together, all students no matter what their cultural backgrounds have learned to embrace the differences of our unique individuality.
International Students Representative 2016