St. Mark’s School’s takes global citizenship seriously

by beth on March 21, 2014

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Above: As part of their Global Citizen Initiative, St. Marks’ School sent a group of students and faculty to their sister school in Haiti over mid-winter break. (Photo from St. Mark’s website)

Several stories out of St. Mark’s School this year relate to their Global Citizenship Initiative. So before sharing the stories, here’s a brief explanation of that that means to them.

St. Mark’s School recognizes that a global education is a critical component of a 21st century education. Therefore, the goal of the Global Citizenship Initiative, through both curricular and extracurricular offerings, is to help our students see and appreciate the distinctive features and the beauty that exist in the variety of cultures of the world, to appreciate the human universals that make all people more similar than different, and to inspire our students to become global citizens.

This year’s monthly speaker series, Gray Colloquium, reinforces the importance with a theme of “Citizenship in a Technological World”.

If you check out their website, you’ll find information on an amazing range of Global Citizenship programs including:

  • Students working on a rural farm in Vermont for a semester
  • Exchange programs in Australia, South Korea, Germany, Chile, and China
  • Gap year work in Swaziland

Below are six stories on related programs that took place over January and February.

Students and Teachers from Chile Visit Southborough as Part of First SM Global Citizenship Initiative Exchange

Under the auspices of the St. Mark’s Global Citizenship Initiative, six students and two faculty members from the Grange School in Santiago, Chile are spending a month in Southborough. During that time, Barbara Montes, Cristina Arias, Camila Gomez, Ariadne Chuaqui, Francisca Mendoza, and Franco Zautzik are fully immersed in the academic and community life of St. Mark’s.  (read more)

“Huh? Me? Thoughts on Citizenship in a Technological World”: James Tanton Returns to SM for Gray Colloquium

On Thursday afternoon, Dr. James Tanton returned to St. Mark’s to deliver the January 2014 Gray Colloquium address. The Gray Colloquium is designed to engage St. Mark’s students in an exploration of one complex global issue annually. It has been made possible by the generosity of former St. Mark’s Board President and Trustee C. Boyden Gray ’60. This year’s Gray Colloquium theme is “Citizenship in a Technological World”. (read more)

Boston Chinese Musicians Association Perform as Part of SM Global Citizenship Initiative

On Monday, February 10, eight performers from the Boston Chinese Music Association (BCMA) gave a concert on the stage of the Class of 1945 Hall in the Putnam Family Arts Center at St. Mark’s. The performance was arranged in cooperation with the St. Mark’s Global Citizenship Initiative. (read more)

“Using Technology to Make Healthy Foods Taste Good”: Whole Flavors CEO Chris Gilmore Delivers Gray Colloquium Address

On Thursday, February 20, Chris Gilmore, President and CEO of Whole Flavors, delivered the February Gray Colloquium address from the stage of the Class of 1945 Hall in the Putnam Family Arts Center at St. Mark’s. The topic of his presentation was “Using Technology to Make Healthy Foods Taste Good.” The Gray Colloquium is designed to engage St. Mark’s students in an exploration of one complex global issue annually. It has been made possible by the generosity of former St. Mark’s Board President and Trustee C. Boyden Gray ’60. This year’s Gray Colloquium theme is “Citizenship in a Technological World”.(read more)

Korean Students Spend Three Weeks at St. Mark’s as Part of SM Global Citizenship Initiative

For three weeks in February, four Korean students from the Korean International School Jeju, South Korea’s first Public International Boarding and Day school offering an American Curriculum and a sister school with St. Mark’s, were part of the School community here in Southborough. Esther Kang, Daniel Kim, Joseph Kim, and John Hung, attended classes at St. Mark’s and participated in a variety of activities such as squash, debate, and music. They were accompanied by Ms. Michelle Gow, the Dean of Residence for Girls at the International School. (read more)

St. Markers Visit Sister School in Haiti as Part of SM Global Citizenship Initiative

Over the recent Mid-Winter break, a group of students and faculty travelled to Haiti, to visit St. Mark’s sister school there, Ste Marguerite’s, as part of the SM Global Citizenship initiative. Sixth Formers Ali Mills and Finnegan Schick, and Fourth Former Desmond Goodwin, along with Ms. Liz McColloch and Mr. Chris Kent of the St. Mark’s faculty made the journey. (read more)

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