Sister School Partnership
The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, the National Statement on Asia Literacy in Australian Schools and the Prime Ministerial White Paper, provide a clear statement on specific goals for our students. These include gaining foundational and in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding of the histories, geographies, societies, arts, literatures and languages of diverse countries of Asia and their engagement with Australia.
The National Curriculum outlines Asian Studies, Aboriginal Studies and Sustainability as priorities for all students.
The most exciting outcome has been the establishment of our sister-school partnership with Changzhou Miduqiao Primary School in the Jiangsu Province of China. As international partners we will be sharing professional learning experiences, teacher visits, teacher exchanges, whole school student interaction through various ICT opportunities and student visits/tours both from China and to China. McKinnon Primary School has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between Friendly Schools.
Students at Changzhou Miduqiao Primary School being creative
Principal Simone Eirth visiting McKinnon Primary School’s sister school in Changzhou, China – Nov 2018. She is pictured here with Mr Wu, the principal of our sister school, Changzhou Miduqiao Primary School.
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In September, 16 Victorian schools visited Jiangsu as part of a reciprocal program having the opportunity to be immersed in Chinese language, culture and school life. The highlight of the annual visit is the Jiangsu Sister School Welcome Reception at Government House, which was hosted by the Governor of Victoria. During the ceremony, students Isabel Eriksen and Sam Trakalianis from McKinnon Primary School partnered with Kehan Fei from Changzhou Miduqiao Primary School in China to show off their language skills by conducting a dialogue in both Chinese and English.