Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Global perspective

Visitors to Parker this week: Jordi Ginjaume, General Manager and son of the founder of St. Peter's School in Barcelona, Spain, and Mark, head of the middle school.  This is the second part of an international exchange that began when Susie Merrett and Sarah Biondello visited St. Peter's earlier this year.  Former Parker teacher Teresa Ferrer-Mico has fostered the relationship between the two schools.

Jordi and Mark were delightful visitors.  We put on a special assembly for them with songs and dances in Spanish.  They observed in science, math and Spanish classes - and in archery, too.  They loved our buddy program and were impressed with the independent work ethic of our students.  Mark taught a class to middle schoolers contrasting Barcelona and St. Peter's School with Parker and Albany.  Parker's natural property was a contrast to a city school in Barcelona: we have acreage, but St. Peter's looks out over Barcelona and the Mediterranean.  

St. Peter's has over 620 students from 18 mos. to 12th grade.  They have a rigorous Spanish academic program  - and all students learn 5 languages.

Exciting news: 4 or 5 St.Peter's 8th graders will visit Parker in the fall and we will be arranging a teacher exchange, too!  This opportunity for our teachers and students to gain a global perspective through a cross-cultural exchange is very exciting, building ties, friendships, and understanding at an international level.

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