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School cultural exchange stories

Successful cultural exchange programs have been occurring in NSW primary and secondary schools for many years, thanks to the initiative and creative energy of teachers. Individual programs vary greatly from school to school in terms of their content, scope, focus, and means of delivery.
This section features current or past cultural exchange programs conducted in NSW primary & secondary schools.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Primary archives

Bringelly & Tempe Public Schools

This program began with students from Bringelly Public School making initial contact with Tempe Public School students via email. The aim of the activity was for students to establish buddy relationships. The entire Bringelly school population of some 100 students travelled by bus to the inner city, not really sure what to expect when they arrived at Tempe.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Secondary archives

Menai High & Beverly Hills IEC

The exchange began as a response to the unrest experienced in Cronulla during December 2005. Students from both schools felt they were being misrepresented in the media and wanted to change perceptions and break down the stereotypes. As a result of this program, the very negative events at Cronulla have led to a number of very positive outcomes for students.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Secondary archives

Beverly Hills IEC & Connabarabran High

In May 2007, 15 students from Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre (IEC) travelled to Coonabarabran to meet local students and the local Gamilaraay elders. This is one of many exchanges involving the schools. The exchange began with Coonabrabran High School’s Aboriginal dance group welcoming Beverly Hills visitors with a traditional dance. Beverly Hills IEC students reciprocated with a tribal drum performance.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Primary archives

Cabramatta & Kemblawarra Public Schools

Sisters, Lena Stefanovska and Dana Kokalevski have combined their passion to promote tolerance and respect through a successful cultural exchange program between students at Cabramatta Public School and Kemblawarra Public School. Lena and Dana, both teachers, set out to build strong links with each other’s school communities. With the support and enthusiasm from the schools’ principals, other teachers and parents this successful exchange continues with increasing rewards for all involved.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Secondary archives

Wollumbin High’s Korean Experience

Wollumbin High School is not new to cultural exchange. Recently, it extended its exchange program overseas to Korea. In this exchange, Wollumbin High School forms a sister school relationship with Jijok Middle School in Korea. The aim of the program is to strengthen the language skills and cultural understanding of students.

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