International and Spiritual Citizenship is a course which aims to give our students the information and perspective needed to understand their role as "international citizens in a changing world". We also work to develop the skills needed to communicate and develop that role in whatever form best suits the student.
International and Spiritual Citizenship (ISC) is a core and unique component of a Gordonstoun education. It explores a wide range of social, spiritual and personal thought, promoting students to think for themselves and form their own opinions about the world around them and their personal beliefs and core values. Essentially it asks the question ‘Why?’ and demands students to reach considered answers.
In Year 9 we study a wide range of social, spiritual and personal issues with units on Dialogue and Spirituality, Environment, Race and Conflict and The Law, as well as a series of work-shops which cover recycling, media issues, health education, cooking and service. The course has an international flavour and has at its heart a desire to explore what it is to live as an international citizen in these changing times, looking at matters from a global perspective. The course takes our students out on group community and service projects and invites speakers from outside agencies to share their view of the world with our school community.
YEARS 10 AND 11 (non-examinable)
In Year 10 we see the development of the International and Spiritual Citizenship Programme. The students continue work on cultural and social issues. Students in Year 10 are also challenged to discover and develop their spiritual understanding. We are fortunate to have the visit of many exchange students in Year 10 and we are able to use their differing international backgrounds to further inform and inspire our work on citizenship. During the year students are involved in a series of International Citizenship/Service opportunities to further develop their understanding of, and their involvement in, the Round Square movement. The units covered include War and Peace, Conflict Management, Moral Issues and Preparing for the Next Stage…’. Health Education is also included in its various facets.
SIXTH FORM (non-examinable)
ISC is an integral part of any education at Gordonstoun. As part of the core curriculum students will explore and develop opinions on a wide variety of social, moral and spiritual issues, the aim being to inspire independent thought and informed viewpoints. Through lectures, debates and discussion groups in Years 12 and 13, a Gordonstoun Sixth Former will be able to take their place as forward thinking men and women of the twenty-first century who are aware of their place in the world. In the Year 12 course, students study the underlying ethos and philosophy of Gordonstoun which leads to compassionate thought and action in the world. This is then put into practice in a Model United Nations course which encourages students to face the challenges facing humanity and the earth, and how the UN tries to help face these challenges in a positive and unifying way. Public speaking and team-work skills are practised, and health education discussions take place in a class-room setting. At the end of Year 12, students participate in the national Youth Philanthropy Initiative, where they study the social issues affecting life in Moray and how local charities try to help support people in their life challenges.
The aim of the course is not only to appreciate the wider world that we all live in but for students to gain key skills such as conflict resolution, team work and communication, which will equip them for life beyond Gordonstoun.