Commonwealth Class news
Participating School Profile: Narrabeen Lakes Public School (NSW)
Earlier in 2014 we invited schools from around Australia to become a 'Participating School' for the Commonwealth Class Project. Participating Schools were encouraged to use the themed resources, classroom activites and online tools to get their respective classes actively involved in the Commonwealth Class Project - with a view of increasing young people's learning and knowledge about the Commonwealth countries and encouraging global citizenship.
"Skype Lessons" - Australia / Malaysia UpdateThank you once again for all those who put forward their school to partake in 'Skype Lessons' as part of the Commonwealth Class Project. The British Council have now contacted two of the nominated schools who will be the first Australian schools to participate in the initiative.
Congratulations to both Eltham East Primary School and Sydenham Hillside Primary School on being selected by the British Council (UK). The schools will liaise with Malaysia to discuss ‘Every drop counts’ - an activity from the Commonwealth Class education resource (p 7). The activity focuses on water – a subject with global significance, which in previously held sessions has generated lively discussions amongst students about the similarities and difference in their daily uses of water and its wider cultural significance in each country.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the Commonwealth Class trip to Glasgow! ‘Participating Schools’ were invited to participate in Commonwealth ‘tasks’ (global activities) by the British Council, and also went into the running to be selected to have one teacher and one student go to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Ten participating schools across Australia signed up to be actively involved in the prescribed activities, with the British Council selecting Maribrynong College (Victoria) as the winning school. A huge congratulations to Fiona Walker (teacher) and Arabella (student) who will be flying to Scotland (Glasgow) in July to attend the Opening Ceremony and a range of other events over 10 days.
The following is an excerpt from Fiona Walker's report after attending the Commonwealth Games.
"Being chosen to take part in the final Commonwealth Class activity was fantastic. Being able to travel to Glasgow was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. As Australia was late to become involved in the Commonwealth Class we ran a flag design competition in the school. When designing the flag the students were thinking about diversity within the Commonwealth and what the Commonwealth values meant to them. By travelling to Scotland, Arabella (student) was able to develop a first hand understanding of how diverse the Commonwealth really is. The program has confirmed the importance of global education in schools for me and the skills and ideas that I developed while I was in Scotland will inform my teaching for years to come.
School resources available
Hard copy Commonwealth Class Education Packs are still available for schools and teachers. As outlined above the resources can aid in the development of classroom activities and lessons to inspire young students to learn about other Commonwealth countries and to be a global citizen!
If you would like a hardcopy resource please email the Program Manager (Michelle Campbell — Email: email@example.com) with your name, address and how many copies you would like posted.
Diamonds ahead in Constellation CupWe would like to congratulate our Australian netball team, the Diamonds, on their sensational win over the New Zealand Silver Ferns on Wednesday night. The Diamonds' latest thrilling win at Melbourne Park set up a 2-0 lead in the Constellation Cup four-test series. An Australian win in Sydney on Saturday night will secure the Cup for the world's number one-ranked team.
For all the news on the Constellation Cup visit the Diamond's home page.
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What is Commonwealth Class?
Commonwealth Class is an initiative for schools from the British Council, BBC and Commonwealth Secretariat, and is delivered in Australia by AFSSSE (the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and the Environment). The initiative offers free access to teaching resources, classroom activities, online debates and competitions to mark the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Games.
The Commonwealth Class education pack for teachers is a dynamic, engaging resource that introduces students to Commonwealth values like rights and responsibilities, protecting the environment, healthy living, poverty alleviation and respect for other people.
How can you become involved?
The entire Commonwealth Class project aims to involve schools all schools across the Commonwealth in a number of ways including:
A major highlight of this project is that for Australian Schools who actively engage with the Commonwealth Class resources, could have the opportunity to send one teacher and two students to the Glasgow 2014 Games. More information to come on this exciting opportunity!Follow all of the above on our social media pages including
Commonwealth Day Message from HM Queen Elizabeth II
Countdown to the Games events
Calendar of scheduled events organised by AFSSSE.