Hong Kong 2015/16
GOING GLOBAL By Jonny Thomson, Chair of the Overseas Committee
EAST ASIAN SOCIETY Martin Ho was so inspired by the Overseas Pupil Committee that he decided to establish the school’s first East Asian Society. Launched two years ago, the group organises events designed to share all aspects of Asian culture with their fellow pupils. Highlights have included an evening of Jackie Chan films and a night of delicious Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese food – the latter was very popular with all pupils! Martin is currently studying Economics, Biology and Maths at Higher Level in the IB and hopes to read Economics and International Relations at Harvard University. What has he most enjoyed about St Edward’s? “The teaching style. Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to ask lots of questions – I didn’t have this experience at school in Hong Kong.”
and various countries’ social nights have given pupils the opportunity to relax and share their home culture with friends. We established a mock UN last year, which allowed both British and overseas pupils an opportunity to discuss and debate world issues. From Thanksgiving pub-dining to trips to synagogues, St. Edward’s accommodates and celebrates diversity. Every young person has their own story to tell, and our international pupils offer vibrant and exciting opportunities for the school as a whole. With an ever-shrinking world and a globalised economy, the multicultural friendships developed at St. Edward’s help prepare our pupils to be successful and well-rounded adults with a global outlook.
If you think of St. Edward’s as being monochromatic and uniform, you need to think again. There are 63 different nationalities, 13 different religions, 160 non-British pupils, and 140 pupils born overseas. This term alone has seen a jam-packed calendar of international events thanks to our Overseas Pupil Committee who have been working alongside members of staff to think up new and fresh ways to celebrate our rich cultural diversity. Our International Quiz was both entertaining and enlightening (who knew that it was illegal to
leave your house without underwear in Thailand, for
instance?); a trip to Bath’s Roman Baths gave our international pupils a flavour of English heritage that few native pupils will have seen,
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