Learning beyond the classroom and the ‘hidden curriculum’ are important aspects of a holistic education. To this end, St Mary’s School has initiated an extensive exchange programme with schools in other countries. Girls are encouraged to apply for exchanges as these broaden the girls’ outlook, educate them about communities in other parts of the world and expose them to different cultures.
Girls in Form II (Grade 9) and Form III (Grade 10) may apply for an exchange programme. A variety of exchanges are offered and the School is currently setting up more exchanges. At present, exchanges are offered to:
Fahan School, Hobart, Tasmania
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Brisbane, Australia
Auckland House, Shimla, India
Collingwood School, West Vancouver, Canada
St Margaret’s School, Victoria Island, Canada
Hathaway Brown School, Ohio, USA
Those girls who have experienced exchange programmes tend to have a heightened awareness of their place in the world, an understanding of tolerance and cultural differences and greater self-knowledge.