International Exchange Programmes
J. William Fulbright rightly said – Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.
Suncity School believes that knowledge shared is knowledge gained and it is in this spirit that it undertakes various international exchanges between its students and other schools.
French Exchange Programme
The school conducts an exchange programme for its students with Lycee l’ Oiselet, School, BourgoinJallieu, France. The students from Suncity visit the school for a cultural and academic immersion, imbibing French history and tradition. The students from Lycee l’ Oiselet visit Suncity in the last quarter of the year and partake in various activities both inside and beyond the school.
Partnering with Loxford School of Science and Technology, UK
Loxford School of Science and Technology, Ilford, UK, is Suncity’s ISA Partner School and has been instrumental in executing and collaborating on many international projects.
Loxford School of Science and Technology, Ilford, U.K visited our school on February 10, 2017. The visiting faculty team comprised Mr. AgneloMendonca, their International Coordinator, Mr. Gregory Forster from their P.E Department and Ms. ElaTurker from the English Department. They were accompanied by nine students from their senior classes. As they departed they left an invitation for our Principal, Mrs. RupaChakravarty, to visit the school in London which she did on the 18th of July, 2017.
The Principal signed the MoU-Memorandum of Understanding for exchange programmes between the two schools. Anita Johnson, their Head Teacher will be visiting Suncity in October, 2017.
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change – Generation Global
Generation Global is a pioneering global education programme for 12-17 year olds, under the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. By providing global learning and dialogue opportunities, it helps young people to be resolute in the face of narratives that may feed into the development of violent extremist ideologies. Suncity School joined this initiative in 2013-14 and, has, since then held 14 video conferences with international schools.
2017 - 2018
A Video Conference was held between Sun City School, N.K. Bagrodia Public School, Rohini, Meerut Public Girls School, and Pioneers High School, Quetta on August 28, 2017, as part of Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s educational initiative, Generation Global.
The Facilitator of the Video Conference, in his report observed that - One suggestion of a learning opportunity is for students to further engage with the insightful comment made by a student at Sun City World School, who said: 'It is important for each of us to be aware of our own privilege. Hate is not linear, and hate is not obvious. It is often subtle. It is important for each of us to be aware of our own biases, and not to be bystanders to hate speech'.
Selected students of Grade X participated in a video conference held with schools in Italy, Indonesia and India as a part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Generation Global initiative. The session was held on February 1, 2017 and the topic of the discussion was Freedom of belief. The discussion was held for a duration of one and a half hours. This meaningful interaction provided a wonderful platform for the students, from participating countries, to learn about each other’s culture and nations’ policies centred on fundamental rights.
The next video conference will be between Suncity and schools in Israel and Ukraine on October 26, 2017.
2016 – 2017
Our students had a video conference in November, 2016, with students from Loreto Mandeville Hall, Australia on the topic - “The impact of story-telling in our cultures.”
The participating schools shared a healthy dialogue by sharing stories from their culture. This was followed by a reflection session on the similarities and differences in the messages, as well as the stories (and what they might teach about the faiths & communities or cultures from which they come).
A Video Conference on Essentials of Dialogue-Community, was held on 29 August, 2016. The facilitator was Mr. Eyad Abdel Aziz from Jordan. The students enjoyed communicating with one another and some key factors discussed were the diversity and acceptance of others, mutual respect and India being the largest democratic country. The video conference ended with a virtual showcasing of musical talents from both the participating schools - Suncity School and SMAN Bandung, Indonesia.
The first Video Conference on the theme ‘Hate Speech’ was held on 12 August, 2016. The participating schools were - Suncity School, Gurgaon, City Montessori School, Lucknow and two schools from Indonesia, SMAN 1 Padang and the Dian Diaktika Islamic Senior High School.