International experiences have allowed students to both visit, as well as host students from Japan and America.
Sale College received a visitor from Bali in Indonesia early in Term One during, as part of the Australia Awards Indonesia program funded by DFAT.
Gede Suweca has stayed in a home stay in Sale and attended many classes in the college, sharing his culture and meeting with the students. Students have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Gede around the school in his traditional Balinese dress. He has taught students within the college how to play the Angklung which is an instrument originating from the Indonesian island of Java.
Whilst here Gede has also visited Sale Specialist School and Guthridge Primary School. The visit has been very rewarding for all involved and Gede thanks the wider Sale Community for making him feel welcomed not just within school but around the town also. Sale College students will be embarking on a Study Tour to Indonesia in December where they will visit Gede’s school in Bali.
We had our second visitor from Indonesia recently. Mr Ghelvinny from Jakarta joined us at school from Monday to Thursday. He visited LOTE and Math classes as he is a mathematics teacher. The partnerships that Sale College makes with schools in Asia are very important in developing our students as global citizens.
Sale College has established an international partnership with Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School, in Hanoi, Vietnam to support student-learning outcomes. They will be one of 15 schools around Australia in 2016 embarking on an internationally acclaimed project aimed at fostering greater ties between Australia and the countries of ASEAN through education.
Australia–ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Project connects Australian
teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in ASEAN
countries. BRIDGE is a teacher professional learning program that builds
teachers' Asia capability through school partnerships to develop intercultural
understanding, improve Asian language skills, enhance technology skills, and
establish sustainable school partnerships and a community of learners.
In June 2016, Sale College hosted a teacher from its partner school, Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School, Hanoi in Vietnam to collaborate on professional teacher practice and develop strategies to make the most of and maintain their international school partnership.
BRIDGE aims to go beyond the classroom and develop meaningful and long-lasting people to people connections. BRIDGE teachers involved in this year’s project represent a broad range of communities including remote and disadvantaged schools in ASEAN countries, rural and city schools across Australia, and religious and government schools in both countries and vocational schools.
The Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE Schools Partnership Project was launched this year with support from the Australia-ASEAN Council at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In 2016 we received a visit from our Sister School in Okinawa, Japan. We hosted 7 students and their teacher for a period of ten days. Students enjoyed going to class with students at both Guthridge and Macalister campuses. Sale College students hosted the Japanese students in their homes and had an opportunity to learn about Okinawa and build friendships with these students. Whilst here the students had an excursion to Walhalla as well as a local excursion to the Art Gallery where they took part in a workshop on woodblock printing. There is an opportunity for Sale College students to visit Okinawa in 2018 and enjoy a similar homestay experience.
During the Term 3 break Ms Quick travelled to Vietnam to participate in a BRIDGE School Partnership between Sale College and Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School, Ha Noi.
In May the Vice Principal of the school visited Sale College and attended classes. Ms Quick, taught English classes at the school for a week, met with the Principal and other key staff and worked on a plan to bridge the schools and benefit the students of both our schools. Some Year 7 students will have been given avatars of a student from Phan Chu Trinh Secondary College and will be taking the avatar with them and recording their daily activities through photos and videos to share with the students in Vietnam. A digital story will be created by Ms Quick and will be shared on the school Facebook page, and with our partner school. The same will be done in Vietnam so that students can understand what life is like for someone their age in Vietnam. We will also be attempting video links with the school and may even have cross country debates on topics pertaining to sustainability. This is a very exciting program and Sale College is the only school in our district that is involved.
On Thursday the 24th of March, ten excited and slightly nervous Sale College Students met at Melbourne International Airport to embark on a ten day study tour of Vietnam. To read about their experiences in Vietnam please click here. To see over 80 photos from the study tour please click here.
On 2nd January 2016, 18 very excited Sale College students and 3 Catholic College students left Sale College, Macalister Campus at 3am with Miss Kara Martin and Loretta Bates to begin a 20 day tour in the United States. At Tullamarine we met up with 3 staff and 17 students from East Gippsland and Numurkah. The 43 of us became the Ivory Group and began our tour. G'Day USA, run by Educational World Travel, is a cultural exchange program aimed at providing students with a greater understanding of school and family life in the United States.
You can download more information about the students' experiences in the USA by clicking here.