The search for an effective Values Education focus for Stage 3 students led teachers from Sylvania Heights and Merrylands Public schools to investigate the benefits of a cultural exchange program. Having found each other on the cultural exchange website, the two Sydney based schools began the process of organising an exchange. This exchange highlighted both the similarities and differences of two very different school populations.Read More
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.
Students at a single teacher school on the NSW North Coast exchange with students at a large urban Sydney school. The cultural exchange program involving Byabarra and Parklea Public Schools has been in operation for several years. The aim of the program is to assist students to explore the many lifestyles that make up contemporary Australia and to come to appreciate Australian cultural diversity.Read More
West Wyalong High School continues to exchange with Campbelltown Performing Arts High School in a program that has been continuing since 2006. As a part of this exchange, students from the schools hold demonstrations, seminars and discussions on various topics including culture and tolerance and come together at one another’s schools to participate in joint activities.Read More
In the History classroom at Evans IEC, two friends were re-united. The last time they had seen each other, they were in the sprawling refugee camp of Kakuma in Kenya. Before this exchange program, they had no idea what part of the world their friend had ended up in!Read More
Students at Banksia Road Public School have been involved in many cultural exchange activities over the years. Penny Lee, a teacher at Banksia Road Public is passionate about using multicultural education as a vehicle to encourage students to find their voice. The latest initiative in which students at the school have been involved is the Kids Art Network (KAN).Read More
Teacher-Librarian, Cecilie Yates has been the driving force behind this successful program over the years. Ms Yates says: “The program is broad and diverse and combines environmental education, values education, Discovering Democracy and leadership programs as well as Aboriginal and multicultural education. Students explore various issues through the arts, sport and other areas of interest.”Read More