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Mid-Pacific builds international ties with Australian and Chinese educators

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Julie Funasaki Yuen

Mid-Pacific recently welcomed international educators from Australia and China who were interested learning more about the school's innovative curriculum and deeper learning practices. On April 5, a group of 17 principals and administrators from the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) toured the elementary, middle and high schools with Principals Edna Hussey, Dee Priester and Tom McManus, and sat down with Mid-Pacific President Paul Turnbull and Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) President Robert Landau. The Australian educators traveled to Hawaiʻi to attend the HAIS Leading Schools of the Future Conference and visited the Mid-Pacific campus at the recommendation of HAIS.

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A principal from Australia speaks with Mid-Pacific elementary school students on April 5.

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Mid-Pacific Middle School Principal Dee Priester speaks with principals and administrators from the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia in the Weinberg Technology Plaza on April 5.

"I think this is a brave school," said AISSA Senior Educational Consultant Mary Hudson. "The Rudolph group, that we're going to talk about at the conference, is about enabling students to find their passion so that they can lead the life that is the one they are meant to lead, and that's very much the work that you are engaged in here, so thank you for sharing so generously."

On April 6, a group of educators from China toured the elementary, middle and high schools together with Chinese-speaking Mid-Pacific international students and sat down for lunch with Mid-Pacific administrators. Vice President of External Affairs & Enrollment Management Scott Siegfried shared with the group that Mid-Pacific currently has 100 international students with 26 students from mainland China.

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Educators from China toured the Mid-Pacific campus along a Mid-Pacific international student guide on April 6.

"At Mid-Pacific, we welcome visiting educators to our campus to share our approaches to teaching and learning," says Siegfried. "Both of the visits from our Australian and Chinese guests were great opportunities to showcase our programs and build future relationships. They were impressed with what we do and very interested in learning about the Mid-Pacific way."