JUNIOR SCHOOL JUNIOR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
International Curriculum Focus (Including The Studies of Asia)
The Junior School Junior Ambassador Program commenced in 2008 with students from Years 4 and 5 nominating to be Ambassadors for a country for a year.
The aim of the program is to provide opportunities for individual students and the school community to:
- understand other cultures, societies and environments in the world
- develop attitudes and values that accept and value cultural diversity
- assist students to develop an understanding of the diversity and commonalities of cultures, societies and environments in the world
- develop in students sensitivity and empathy for all peoples and environments
- particularly develop their understanding of Asia and our neighbours
- also develop an enhanced appreciation of our own Australian culture and environment
Students in Year 4 & 5 in the Junior School apply to take on the role of being Junior Ambassador for a particular country for one semester. The following countries currently have Junior Ambassadors:
Interested students are asked to complete an application form and are then interviewed by the Junior School Studies of Asia Coordinator. On appointment students are presented at Assembly with a special badge to wear identifying them as that country’s Junior Ambassador at the school.
As Junior Ambassadors, students take on the following roles and responsibilities:
- engage with members of the Darwin community who have some affiliation with their particular country
- inform themselves of significant cultural days for their particular country and promote this to our school community at Assembly, in the weekly bulletin and on notice boards around the school.
- from time to time address the School Assembly and inform the school community of some aspect of their country or report on their activities as Ambassador.
- assist with the hosting of any visitors who attend the school during the year and assist any new students from that country to settle into the school.
- on international celebration days during the year they will be part of the official celebrations.
- write to the Embassy of their particular country in Canberra introducing themself and seek any support available to promote their country within the school community.
- invite the Australian Ambassador for their country (or their representatives) to visit our school if ever they are in Darwin.
- be responsible to the Principal and Assistant Principal and liaise with them on any projects or communications they have within and beyond the school.
- work with Adene Lea, Ambassador Program Coordinator, on this program.