Intercultural Understanding

PSC is preparing students for work and life in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world.  A study by the Foundation for Young Australians on the future of work flagged skills in communicating with people of diverse backgrounds as an essential skill that our students will need to be successful in the globalised work places of the future.  At PSC, we build this capability in teaching and learning programs across the College and in all year levels.  The Indonesian language classroom provides students a window to the world, helping students to not only develop skills in Indonesian language, but also to become intercultural communicators.   Students have opportunities to learn about and engage with Indonesian culture through our exchanges with our Indonesian sister school, SMP-5 Yogyakarta.  Students also explore how Australia and Indonesia are interconnected by global challenges in our study of environmental issues, such as ocean plastic pollution.  In Year 10, students complete a semester-long study in Global Perspectives to develop awareness of the world around us and our place in it.  While Portland students have fewer opportunities than those in urban areas to experience multicultural Australia, the intercultural learning opportunities at PSC are helping to prepare students for success in our rapidly globalising world.