MGGS is an International School
MGGS students are part of a global community collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds, studying different cultures
MGGS has been awarded the International School awards by the British Council in recognition of how we have embedded international activities to enrich the curriculum, improve teaching and learning and help students to better appreciate the world around them.
Our students live in an ever more globalised world and we aim to provide many opportunities to collaborate with people from various cultures. We teach an appreciation for world culture and our students benefit from these experiences, learning how to work with people from diverse backgrounds. We believe that studying different cultures can help to find and develop new skills.
Our Links with Nepal
Our most significant international partnership is with the Himalayan Milan School in Nepal. This link is hugely important to us as it also reflects our local community. The Nepalese Gurkha regiment has been based at Maidstone Barracks for a number of years, resulting in a vibrant Nepalese community in the local area. In 2004, MGGS set up a partnership working with and supporting The Himalayan Milan School in the rural village of Tang Ting, Nepal. This partnership has led to our students regularly participating in many Nepal themed activities including writing letters back and forth to penpals in the Himalaya Milan School and using traditional Nepalese recipes within Food Technology lessons. Our Geography department uses Nepal as an example for both physical and human geography examples throughout the curriculum, while our history department has a unit of work looking at key events in Nepalese history and the Religious Studies department uses Nepal as a case study when studying Buddhism. A number of assemblies throughout the year are based around Nepal and the school canteen has a ‘Nepal day’ where they serve traditional Nepalese food.
We are very proud of how MGGS students have made a difference to improve the lives of students in our partner school in Nepal. Money that has been raised during our annual RAG week (Raising and Giving) has been given to the school to help them buy books, computers, science equipment, fix broken roofs, windows and doors and provide new school uniforms for all the students.
In 2009 a group of 6 teachers went to Nepal to visit the school and two years later the headteacher came to MGGS. In 2018, 40 Sixth form students and 6 teachers spent 2 weeks visiting Nepal with the highlight being the days spent in Tang Ting and at the school, where our students taught english lessons, played sports, put on dance shows as well as painting classrooms and installing new flooring. The trip was so successful that it has been scheduled as a biannual event and a group of 60 students has already signed up for February 2020.
MGGS is very proud of our longstanding work supporting a school and a community that is less fortunate than ourselves. We are proud of the opportunities that this partnership provides to all our students to see the world through different eyes and to appreciate the wider world.