This year’s theme, “Water,” allowed students, faculty and staff to learn about and discuss the various ethical, global, mathematical, scientific, historical, nutritional, sociological, literary, technological and cultural issues surrounding water.
The half-day event was celebrated exclusively by the Primary School, with the Upper and Middle School divisions to participate separately on Wednesday, March 2. The workshops were conducted by the Great Swamp Watershed Association, and included an array of topics: community water-sharing, permeability, pollution, water treatment, water molecules, local impact and more. Naturalists from the Trailside Nature and Science Center also visited with the Junior Pre-K, Pre-K and Kindergarten, presenting an interactive program called “All About Water.”
This year’s Global Perspectives Day also included reflective discussions and hands-on activities, one of which was “The Incredible Journey,” where the students imagined that they were water molecules moving through the water cycle. This was a fun, interactive way for students to learn more about water molecules—from those trapped in glaciers or groundwater to oceans. Another activity called “Enviroscape” engaged students in the watershed model, and shed light on how interconnected all bodies of water are.
Faculty member Leslie Jones-Wentz reflected on the programming with great enthusiasm: “It was an exciting morning for all of us. As a science teacher who has attended programs run by the Great Swamp Watershed Association I still learned a great deal. The presentations were interactive and helped solidify student learning. It was exciting learning along side of my students!”
Ms. Jones-Wentz and Director of Diversity, Henaz Bhatt, played a crucial role in this year’s successful Global Perspectives Day—both served on the planning committee for its implementation. Ms. Bhatt noted that the educational goals for the students went beyond expectations. “[The students] left with more questions and ideas for water stewardship. Mission for Global Perspective Day accomplished: increase curiosity about unexplored perspectives, engage critical thinking skills, and inspire students to keep exploring their globe.”
Global Perspectives Day was created to help build and sustain a bridge between diverse experiences and cultures. In giving the girls a day to immerse themselves in the perspectives of vastly varied groups of people, Kent Place hopes to provide them with meaningful exploration and understanding of the views of others and themselves as global citizens. For more information about diversity at Kent Place, please visit http://www.kentplace.org/diversity.