We value international projects at the JKG and therefore actively develop and support them.

We believe that involving our students in exciting new topics and working with students from other countries will create advantages not normally found in the classroom. Some of the projects are short-term and others long-term, but all of them are special.

 

E-Pals are like "pen-pals" from the days before computers, with the difference that “ePals” usually exchange emails instead of letters. If you have an ePal who is a native speaker of the language you're learning, you can take part in Tandem Learning. With your Tandem Learning partner you can help each other practise what you know, improve your language skills and learn about each other’s culture. Contacting each other by email (as 'ePals') is an easy way to do this.
Source: Lingu@net World Wide

At the JKG we have had an ongoing epal project with the Erasmus Darwin Academy, England since 2012. Thirty students from Year 7 enjoy the experience of communicating with their matches in England, discussing themes and topics such as leisure activities, holidays, comparing the British and German school systems and their everyday lives. ‘Writing for a purpose’ and using English in ‘real’ situations boosts confidence in using language and is a lot of fun!

 

eTwinning Project: 'Project Global Buddies'

"Global Buddies" is a exciting project recently registered on the etwinning portal etwinning.net (an initiative of the European Union). It’s about connecting people who live and learn in different parts of Europe. Along the way, students will discover new cultures and customs and find out about the people living there. There's therefore an increasing realisation that the lives of children and young people are shaped by what happens in other parts of the world and today, more than ever before, being part of a "global community" is shaping our everyday lives. ‘Project Global Buddies’ will initially involve a partnership between the Janusz Korczak-Gesamtschule and schools from: Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey although this could be expanded to other parts of the world as this 2 year project develops.

We know that people are increasingly linked around the world socially, culturally, economically, environmentally and politically and we all share one planet, one future. The participants and partner schools involved in this project recognise how relevant this is to their students and believe that supporting and preparing them for living, learning and working in a global society is also the responsibility of educators.

Schools already do this by the development of international school projects, exchanges with schools in different countries, the awarding of Global Citizenship Certificates and integrating the concept of internationalisation within the school programme or curriculum. They do this because they know it will challenge students to ask questions, expose them to different cultures, increase language proficiency and prepare them for life-long learning. We all want our students to be inspired motivated learners but once in a while you need a little help to make all this seem possible.

Welcome to the world of travel buddies! These soft toys are exchanged between classrooms worldwide. They like to be included in students everyday activities, providing a "journal" of their lives. Students can take the "Travel Buddy" with them on trips, holidays or even take them home for a weekend. Students can then document their time with photos and text. They especially like to be sent to partner schools abroad, allowing students to follow journeys and experiences in different cultures through "their' eyes.

"Through the eyes of a travel buddy" is the key to this project as they have no opinions or thoughts of their own. They are brought to life by the experiences and ideas of children and with their imagination and thoughts, travel buddies can connect people not just in Europe but also worldwide.

Students provide the inspiration and "Global Buddies" provide the opportunities for the project. Each partner school will create and nurture the development of their own travel buddy. It’s left to the individual teachers and students to decide how and how far this development will take place.The eTwinning platform and Twinspace will provide the infrastructure for collaboration and displaying work but complemented by additional communicative media such as the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a website.

After the process of creating the travel buddies is complete it’ll be time for them to swap details and to get to know each other. Through a combination of trips and visits to partner schools either on their own or with another travel buddy, maybe because of a developing friendship, the adventures are documented by the host school and sent back with the travel buddy.
The development of the project cannot really be predicted due to the number of travel buddies involved but a group hug and photo at the end should be guaranteed!

 

The Global Citizenship Award at the JKG

We are linked to others on every continent in so many ways. It might be through politics, culture, economics, the environment or social contact but it’s easy to imagine how global events influence local lives. We want to promote and recognise global citizenship at the JKG because "learning" becomes more meaningful if it becomes increasingly relevant. By doing this, stereotypes and misinformed views about people are also challenged and ignorance and intolerance exposed and tackled head on. We recognise that we have a responsibility towards each other and that we can learn from one another. This is forward looking education for the 21st century and why global citizenship is promoted at the Janusz Korczak-Gesamtschule.
International partner school exchanges and related international projects are central to this process. They have a positive impact on students and can continue to raise standards. We want to recognise and celebrate this at the JKG by giving an award certificate each year to deserving students, called the "Global Citizen Award".

Students awarded with the certificate have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to international projects which has inspired and enriched the lives of students at the Janusz Korczak-Gesamtschule. This award at our school has been encouraged by supportive words from Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, who is ’impressed and inspired’ by the creation of our certificate program and who will show her support for the award when it is given out.

Der Global Citizenship Award und die Janusz Korczak-Gesamtschule

Das Leben von Kindern und jungen Menschen wird zunehmend geprägt von dem, was in anderen Teilen der Welt passiert und heute mehr denn je ist ‘global zu sein’ Teil unseres Alltags. Wir sind mit anderen auf jedem Kontinent auf vielfältige Weise verlinkt, und zwar sozial, durch Medien und Telekommunikation, kulturell, durch Reisebewegungen, wirtschaftlich, durch Handelsbeziehungen, umweltbedingt, wir leben alle auf einem Planeten und politisch, durch internationale Beziehungen und Rechtsordnungen.
Die globale staatsbürgerliche Erziehung ist eine zukunftsorientierte Schulausbildung für das 21. Jahrhundert. Es gibt dem Lernen eine Bedeutung dadurch, dass es aufregend, relevant und auf lebensnahen Szenarien basiert. Es stellt Fehlinformationen und stereotype Ansichten über Menschen infrage und ermöglicht Schülern und Schülerinnen, Unwissenheit und Intoleranz entgegenzuwirken. Darüber hinaus erkennt es an, dass wir als Individuen Macht haben: jeder von uns kann Dinge verändern, und jeder von uns kann Entscheidungen über sein Verhalten treffen. Aber diese Macht kann sogar noch größer sein, wenn wir zusammenarbeiten. Außerdem zeigt es, dass die Welt in der wir leben unfair und ungleich ist, aber Herausforderungen und Ver-änderungen fördert. Letztlich ermutigt es, unsere Verantwortlichkeiten zueinander anzuerkennen, und voneinander zu lernen.

Aus diesem Grund wird die Förderung der staatsbürgerlichen Erziehung durch Austauschbesuche und dazugehöriger Projekte eine positive Auswirkung auf die Schüler und Schülerinnen haben und kann Standards anheben. Dies sollte an der Janusz Korczak-Gesamtschule anerkannt und zelebriert werden – durch eine Auszeichnung an würdige Schüler und Schülerinnen.

Aus den oben genannten Gründen haben wir jetzt ein jährliches Global Citizenship Award Zertifikat. Dieses wird nur an diejenigen SuS verliehen (nominiert von den Klassenlehrern/Klassenlehrerinnen oder von dem Fachlehrer/der Fachlehrerin), die ‚proaktiv’ im Schuljahr ihr ‚außergewöhnliches Engagement’ hinsichtlich Internationalisierung und Global Citizenship gezeigt haben (dies beinhaltet nicht die Teilnahme an Austauschbesuchen). SuS haben ein außergewöhnliches Engagement hinsichtlich internationaler Projekte gezeigt, welches das Leben der JKG SuS bereichert hat. Dadurch haben sie anderen SuS die vielen Vorteile des Global Citizenship gezeigt.

Drei unserer Schüler und Schülerinnen, Anna Schulte, Chris Cronshage und Jonas Götze wurden während Abschlussfeier des Jahrgang 10 am Ende des letzten Schuljahres mit dem ersten Global Citizenship Award Zertifikat ausgezeichnet. Im Laufe der letzten Jahre haben diese Schüler und Schülerinnen die Webseite www.jeffreyatjkg.weebly.com ins Leben gerufen und ständig weiterentwickelt. Durch ihren Einsatz und durch ihr Engagement wurde die Idee eines ‘Travel Buddy’ an der Janusz Korczak-Gesamtschule in die Realität umgesetzt. Das Konzept hilft Schülern und Schülerinnen, in englischer Sprache außerhalb der Schule andere Kulturen wertzuschätzen und Kenntnisse zu erweitern.
Wir freuen uns sehr, dass die geleistete Arbeit von Anna, Chris und Jonas von Frau Helen Clark, Administrator des Entwicklungsprogramms der Vereinten Nationen (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Clark) anerkannt wurde. Sie schickte freundli-cherweise jeweils Anna, Chris und Jonas signierte Fotos und gratulierte ihnen zu ih-rem Beitrag zu globalen Themen.

Da sich unsere Schüler und Schülerinnen weiterhin mit internationalen Projekten und Themen beschäftigen werden, wird die globale staatsbürgerliche Erziehung von unserer Schule als ein Ziel des lebenslangen Lernens anerkannt. Die Initiative des JKG Global Citizenship Award Zertifikats wird dieses jährlich anerkennen und wir freuen uns auf die Nominierungen für das Schuljahr 2016.

Party in the Park since 2005

The JKG and the British military school the King’s School have experienced a close partnership for over twelve years which has included: class visits, sporting activities, Christmas services, food projects and staff visits. During this time we have enjoyed the annual "Party in the Park" for our Year 7 students. Over three days students from the JKG and the King’s School meet to take part in a "getting to know you quiz" and play "ice-breaking" games, have joint sporting activities (usually the very British game of "rounders") and eat an ice-cream together to finish off a wonderful experience. ‘Party in the Park’ has strengthened our school partnership and contacts and for many of the students, they have continued to keep in contact with their new friends. That is one of the aims and goals of international projects and our commitment to the idea and realisation of "life-long learning"

 

Bilingual Business Certificate

 

The Bilingual Business Certificate is an oral exam offered to our Biconomics students in Year 10. It is accredited by the British Ministry of Defence school the King’s School, Gütersloh and on the 4th July 2011 the first fifty-four students from our Year 10 Biconomics course travelled to the King’s School to sit the exam. So far all of our students have passed, receiving either the grade ‘Distinction’, ‘Merit’, or ‘Pass’. Students are asked a series of questions, prepared and presented by sixth form King’s School students, on a variety of topics including: Money, the World of Work, Work Experience, Child Labour, Advertising and Globalisation. The students are then given a tour of the King’s School with all the cultural experience this offers.

The Bilingual Business Certificate is a valuable addition to a student portfolio and we thank the students and staff of the King’s School for preparing and organising it with us.

 

Comenius Project 2013 - 2015

Since 2013 our students have been working with students from SI La Miquela, Bescanó in Catalonia, Spain, on a Comenius project called ‘Food here and there – then and now’. All Comenius projects are administered by the European Union programme for schools and provide students and teachers the opportunities to develop and enjoy the advantages of international projects by giving financial and practical support. In the summer of 2014 our students visited Catalonia for ten days and the return visit by our partner school will be in the summer of 2015. The SI La Miquela has 250 students who mainly speak Catalan but also Spanish along with English. For more details, please see the links below:

School homepage: http://atenea1x1.educat1x1.cat/17009783/moodle/

Project homepage: : http://food-here-and-there.de/

 

Pen-Pals

International "pen-pal" projects are highly valued at the JKG. In this "high-tech" world of emails, text messages and so on, letter-writing skills still make a valuable contribution to the process of language learning. Students in Years 6, 8 and 10 have been exchanging letters over the last three years with two schools in Scandinavia, the Kyrkskolan School in Ludvika, Sweden and Laivakankaan koulu, in Jääli, Finland.

Topics include general ones such as "Getting to know each other" and "Hobbies and leisure time" to more specific themes like "Summer holidays", "Your home town" and "Festivals in my country". Having a pen-pal motivates and allows the students to use and practise their English with a native speaker.