WE ARE AN INTERCULTURAL SCHOOL COMMUNITY!
Bloomsbury is an intercultural school community in which all cultures and subcultures are welcomed, respected and celebrated. We prepare our students not just for tests, examinations, graduation and university entrance but also for global citizenship. A key element in this process is interculturalism - a philosophy and practice to which we are all fully committed in our teaching, learning, school ethos, events, activities and interactions. We regard our adherence to best practice as entailing an obligation on the school to improve performance vis-à-vis interculturalism continuously and to ensure that not only our academic provision but also every aspect of our school operation (a category that includes the work of our administrative and support staff as well as that of our management, administration and teachers/TAs) is imbued with the principles and values this involves.
Our Secondary students have created a collage of pictures that reflect their various cultures within the context of interculturalism. These are shown below (click on the image to see a larger view) partly to showcase students' artistic skills (of which the school is very proud) and partly to demonstrate how the principles and values referred to above can be illustrated in colourful, relevant and personalised ways by members of our student body.
PRIMARY STUDENTS DEFINE THE COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE UP OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Interculturalism is a facet of all levels, ages and classes at Bloomsbury, and we are very proud of how enthusiastically our Primary students define and celebrate this. The display shown here (click on the image to see a larger view) has been compiled by Primary students to show how our intercultural school community consists of a range of distinct and identifiable cultural communities in the first instance. At Bloomsbury we believe interculturalism complements, builds on and reinforces rather than superseding the respective cultural identities of school members and that this combination adds value to the education and school life we offer.
We are conscious that we are educating tomorrow's global citizens; to do this effectively and to prepare young people fully and thoroughly for the global landscapes they will encounter upon graduating (with all the personal, social, higher education and career challenges these processes present), we believe students are never too young to learn understanding, appreciation and respect for all cultures and communities and that such knowledge will give them a head start in the future as their experience and perspectives grow and help them develop and mature. Our view is that enabling our Primary students to perceive connections and differences between cultures at an early age assists this growth and development enormously, thus equipping them with essential life skills as well as with academic knowledge.