The Victorian Global Learning Awards ceremony celebrated international students' contributions through volunteering, and helping local students develop global citizenship.
The awards recognise international students' significant contributions to helping local students develop intercultural understanding
Inspiring critical thinking about the world
Brighton Secondary College student Andia Latifi Meybodi received two awards for Global Citizenship and Student Leadership.
The awards commended her for sharing her Iranian culture and language with her school community, which helps her fellow local students learn about the world.
Andia encouraged her peers to think critically and put aside cultural and language barriers to come together and better understand global issues. She also collected food for a local charity, helped write and direct the school movie production, and organised the school mural.
'Being in Victoria has helped me realise the passion I have for writing, helped me build the confidence to express myself with my own words,' Andia says.
'I believe that studying in Victoria provides me with the courage and strength to be myself and be proud of where I come from.'
Recognising schools and homestay families
For the first time this year, the awards also recognised schools and homestay families for outstanding global learning and engagement.
Northcote High School won the inaugural whole-school Excellence in Global Learning Award for its longstanding commitment to internationalising education.
Northcote High School welcomed its first students from overseas in the 1950s. Since then, it has continued to be at the forefront of international connectedness.
In 1995 it was one of the first schools to enrol fee-paying international students. In 2017, Northcote High School became the first government school to deliver the VCE offshore through two partner schools in China.
Along with its two sister schools in China, Northcote High School has a partnership agreement with a school in France. Students have the opportunity to have overseas learning experiences to learn from each other and deepen their cultural and language learning.
'Our strategic plan and most recent school review highlight the central importance of internationalisation to our school's forward-looking and contemporary vision,' Northcote High School principal Sue Harrap says.
'Our school plans to expand our international reach … and continue to lead in the sphere of internationalisation.'
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Global education is crucial to ensuring that our young people have the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world and workplace.
For information on how to get involved in the International Student Program, see:
International Student Program: Fees, Enrolment and Accreditation