International Focus

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:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Greece

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.