A lesson in opportunity: authentic approaches to internationalisation

Clayton North Primary School in Victoria became involved in the Gerakan Sekolah Menyenangkan (Engaging and Joyful Learning Project) when a cluster of Indonesian parents in the school felt motivated to try and change the Indonesian education system to more closely reflect the values and principles that underpin Australian education.
This e-poster will demonstrate how a regular government primary school in a low-income community has worked to embrace and value the diversity of the population and attempt to reach out and make an international impact.
It will explore the impact on the school of its efforts to develop leadership capacity, system understanding and reflective practice within its staff. The project demonstrates professional interactions and international network-building that is leading to systemic change in the fifth most populous country in the world. All of this is being achieved from a foundation principle of valuing diversity within a school community. 

From this e-poster you will learn how student diversity can provide incredible opportunities for government schools to grow and reach out globally.

Mr Ken Chatterton

Assistant Principal

Clayton North Primary School

Ken Chatterton is Assistant Principal at Clayton North Primary School, a mid-sized government school in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. The school boasts a widely diverse and transient community, with more than 90% of students speaking a language other than English at home and often staying for fewer than four years. The school has implemented a wide array of approaches to working with parents and guardians. Ken is the Project Lead for the school’s Gerakan Sekolah Menyenangkan program, which means ‘Engaging and Joyful Learning’. He has worked in close collaboration with academics from Monash University, Gadjah Mada University and Ahmad Dahlan University (both in Indonesia) as well as parents from the school community to develop and deliver modules to teachers and principals in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Ken started his teaching career as a Foreign English teacher in the Buxiban (cram school) system in Taipei, Taiwan, where he spent three years working with children from two to 14 years of age. After returning to Australia, he worked at schools in Glen Waverley and Clayton and as a coach in the use of technology and learning management systems in schools in the Monash Network. As part of this work, he helped to build teacher capacity and implement content language in learning (CLIL) approaches with a network of Japanese language teachers. In addition to Ken’s teaching qualifications, he has a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communications) from RMIT and a Master of Instructional Leadership from The University of Melbourne. He is participating in the 2017 cohort of educators in ‘Leading Asia Capable Schools,’ a program run out of the Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership in conjunction with Asialink. Ken and the staff at Clayton North have collaborated with Monash University in a range of other initiatives, such as the Teaching Academies for Professional Practice, Monash Minds and a school immersion experience for Saudi Arabian educators.