Rektors blog NIS

Head of School Karen Bøttger is interviewing NGG Principal Thomas Thrane 

Karen: We encourage learners to think globally. What does that mean to you? 

Thomas: To understand many of the challenges we are facing in the society of today, we need to be able to look at them in a global perspective. The world is getting easier to access with all the enhanced transportation methods and with the technology improving all the time, we are looking at a future where global collaboration is just around the corner. Implementing a global perspective can enhance the strength of local actions. As we say, “Act global in a local community”. 

Karen: Although we encourage learners to think globally, we also promote acting locally. What kinds of local action initiatives do you hope NIS learners can be a part of in the future? 

Thomas: Our intention with learning at NGG and NIS is to develop our young students to become responsible globally oriented citizens who can navigate actively in a democratic environment. By that I hope that our students will always behave as critical thinkers and involve themselves if they believe in a cause. Do not let anyone tell you that it can’t be done before you have investigated it yourself. Use and listen to arguments and facts but be aware of all the opinions out there because there are a lot. 

I hope that the students can be a part of bringing the world to the local environment. Our international students come with so many experiences and traditions in their backpacks and I hope they will use them in what ever context they find themselves in the future.  

Karen: You are now Principal of a school with a growing international school as one of its departments. The vision for the kinds of students we want to develop involves them aiming to respectful responsible global citizens of tomorrow. How do you see that being supported in the NIS classrooms? 

Thomas: I think that our teachers are doing a fantastic job every day by teaching our students, not only about the curriculum but also about the personal and social behaviour that impacts the learning environment in a classroom. It is so important that we are focusing on how we are learning so we are enhancing the focus on skills they can take with them out into the society afterwards. A common expression for them is 21st Century Skills and it focuses on the personal and social skills we are working with at NGG and NIS, like communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.  

Karen: How do you see International mindedness (as a mindset) becoming more embedded across all departments at NGG over the next years? 

Thomas: I think that NGG is one of a kind, I actually know so. To be able to offer educational levels from Danish kindergarten to Danish high school student at the same time as having an international education that runs from Early Years to 11i and soon pre-IB and IB DP is unique in Denmark. There is a lot of potential for collaborating between departments. Right now the first movers are Early Years/Primary and Ællingen/Svanereden because they meet every day when they play in the schoolyard or at Svanereden. But we should expand that. I have heard of collaborations between classes in the Danish department and NIS and they have all been learning rich and most of all insightful. This is where we make our common cultural platform. This is where we get so much undefined learning handed to us. Learning that is hard to measure but gives our young students so much insight in Danish and international culture, language and traditions and helping them think globally in a local environment. That is totally unique for NGG and NIS.