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.

This edition we would like to showcase Narrabeen Lakes Public School, our Participaing School from New South Wales. Teacher Susan Mayo led her Year 4 class at Narrabeen through multiple activites on the lead up to, and for the duration of, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The class completed a range of activities from the Commonwealth Class Education Pack, as well as from online. We extend a huge thank you to Susan Mayo and her class for their amazing efforts and all the work that went into these activities. Below are a series of photos capturing their Commonwealth Class journey.

"Skype Lessons" - Australia / Malaysia Update

Thank 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.

Glasgow Winners!

ArabellaIt 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.
We would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Seaford Primary School (South Australia) and Narrabeen Lakes Public School (New South Wales) for their brilliant efforts in all the tasks. A special thanks to the teachers involved: Jess Proepster (Seaford) and Susan Mayo (Narrabeen) for their active participation and support of their respective classes/schools in completing the tasks.

>> Read articles in the Maribyrnong Leader and Star Weekly newspapers

Winners' reports

Fiona WalkerRead the reports of the winning student Arabella and her teacher Fiona Williams.

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. 

As a geography teacher I have always had a keen interest in creating young global citizens. By participating in Commonwealth Class students were exposed to a wide range of cultures that are found within the Commonwealth. Working with this group of students has helped students to expand their understanding of the issues facing you people around the world. It has made my students more interested and actively involved in global issues. I am able to use many of the ideas introduced through the program in my classroom which will continue to benefit my teaching and the students that I will teach in future years."

School resources available

Student resourcesHard 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: with your name, address and how many copies you would like posted.

Diamonds ahead in Constellation Cup

We 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 flyerCommonwealth 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.

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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:

  • Sign up to the Commonwealth Class website to access resources and find out about our latest activities including debates, competitions and more. Detailed lesson plans and outlines including suggested activities and resources / links are included.
  • Attend ‘Countdown to the Games’ events to be organised across Australia in the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Games. The events will include presentations from our Commonwealth Class Ambassadors – Hockeyroos players, Kieran Govers and Jake Whetton.

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!

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South Australia

Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
Time: 7.00am to 9.00am

Adelaide Oval, Premiership Suite
War Memorial Drive, Adelaide, South Australia


Date: Friday 18 July 2014
Time: 7.30am to 9.30am

Keith Miller Room,
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria


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Western Australia

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Northern Territory

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New South Wales

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Australian Capital Territory

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