Monthly Archives: September 2017

International Mindedness

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

– Nelson Mandela

International Mindedness: How can you help develop this in your children?

International Mindedness is one of the Kardinia cornerstones and one reason many parents have chosen to send their children to our College. International Mindedness is something that we try to embed in both the curriculum at Kardinia and also within our co-curricular and camp programs. We also have a teacher Professional Learning Community as well as a student initiated community (Council for Global Representation) who both meet regularly to look at defining what international mindedness at Kardinia means and how we can better develop this mindset across our community.

In short, international mindedness is understanding, respecting and valuing one’s own culture as well as other cultures. It is embracing diversity and seeking out and respecting different perspectives. Parents can help develop international mindedness in their children in a variety of ways. Reading stories from around the world and watching foreign films and documentaries is one way to explore different cultures and perspectives together. Learning a new language is also a window into another culture and with all students at Kardinia having the opportunity to learn a second language, why not take advantage of this and discuss current global issues from the perspective of the country whose language they are learning.

The world we live in is fascinating and opportunities arise every day to explore issues from multiple perspectives. By introducing this habit into your children’s lives at a young age you will be doing your bit to further develop the concept of international mindedness in them. You might also be setting them up for a successful future in an increasingly global world.


Kardinia Spring Ball

The annual Kardinia Spring Ball is taking place on Friday, October 13 at The Pier, with tickets selling fast. It promises to be a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to meet other Kardinia parents as well as Kardinia staff members. This year we have some great raffle prizes as well Auction items so be sure to buy your tickets from the link below before they are sold out.

Have a great week!


Gotemba Nishi Exchange Visits

“The future is always beginning now”

  • Mark Strand


Over the past week we hosted a visit from 15 students and 2 teachers from our Sister School in Japan, Gotemba Nishi High School. The students attended school for the week and enjoyed spending time with their Kardinia host families exploring Geelong and the wider Bellarine area.

Next week we are fortunate enough to be able to return the visit by sending 16 students and 2 staff members to Gotemba Nishi for a week where our students will attend school and spend time with their Japanese host families.

These exchange visits play an important role in both building international mindedness amongst the students and host families and also in solidifying the partnership between our two schools. I would like to thank the Kardinia host families for their enthusiastic support of the program and for providing our visiting students with such wonderful memories.

I would encourage all students to keep an eye out for future exchange programs so that they truly do take advantage of the international component of our College.

Have a great week!