Verbinding met de maatschappij
Het Goese Lyceum kan niet los gezien worden van de samenleving waarbinnen de school functioneert. Veranderingen in de samenleving werken door in onze school. Wij bieden ons onderwijs daarom aan met een open oog voor de omgeving in engere en bredere zin.
Vanuit deze visie wordt binnen Het Goese Lyceum gekozen om het leren niet alleen binnen maar ook buiten de schoolse omgeving vorm te geven. Ook voor docenten vinden we het van belang dat zij die binding met de maatschappij hebben.
Les in verschillende talen
We zoeken voortdurend aanknopingspunten om de verbinding tussen het schoolse leren en het dragen van verantwoordelijkheid in de samenleving te leggen. Door verschuivingen in de wereldeconomie is het belangrijk dat de nieuwe wereldburger, naast zijn Nederlandse taal, ook andere talen beheerst. Daarom bieden wij ook andere talen dan Duits en Frans aan.
Excursies en uitwisselingen
Door internationalisering willen wij de leerlingen daadwerkelijk toegang verschaffen in het buitenland. We vinden het belangrijk dat de leerlingen internationale contacten leggen. We organiseren daarom ook excursies en uitwisselingen naar vele Europese bestemmingen.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AMBASSADOR SCHOOL
Like it or not: Europe plays an increasingly more important role in our lives. A major part of our legislation "comes from Brussels". We cannot neglect the decisive role that the directly chosen European Parliament plays in this process. Since the Treaty of Lisbon the legislative power of the EP has increased.
The European Union is a fact. The problems at the outer borders, the refugees, the Euro crisis, you can only form an opinion about these subjects when you are well informed . Our pupils are the future voters for a Union in which peace, equal wealth and solidarity are important values. Creating responsible European citizens and stimulating political skills are the aim of the programme that Het Goese Lyceum participates in. We can be sceptical about it, but (to use the title of a DVD) "not participating means that you leave the game to others".
It is just this knowledge and awareness about European democracy that is an important pillar of bilingual education.
Therefore we work with the European Parliament Ambassadors School programme (EPAS in short), designed by the Europees Parlement Liaisonbureau Nederland. Since June 2013 Het Goese Lyceum is a certified EPAS-school.
Recently, the programme has also been extended to other European countries, forming a network of participating schools all over the EU.Teachers’ seminars in Brussels stimulate European cooperation/ exchanges on the educational level by experiencing “Brussels” and by sharing good practices.For the pupils the programme introduces Europe in an attractive and interactive way and makes them aware of the influence of Europe on their daily lives. The programme works with a booklet containing 6 modules, tob e used in 9-12 lessons in total, in which the following subjects are dealt with:
1. A short history of Europe
2. EU influence on your daily life
3. How decisions are made
4. Europe without borders
5. European values
6. How can you make yourself heard in Europe?
An extra module introduces the youngest member state, Croatia, and explains what standards have to be met to become an EU member.All these materials are given for free, but the Europees Parlement Liaisonbureau Nederland something in return: Senior and Junior European Parliament Ambassadors.
The first mentioned are teachers who coordinate the programme. They follow a special training in The Hague. Every year they are invited to visit a "digging deeper day" where they meet interesting European keynote speakers and share good practices with other participating schools. In addition, Junior European Parliament Ambassadors (pupils) are recruited, who are responsible for organising activies for peers related to the Day of Europe (May 9) and to install and update an EU information point in the school. As representatives of Europe they share their knowledge. We recruit our Junior Ambassadors, who are certified at the end of the schoolyear, from our 2nd graders. We ask them to apply for the "job" by writing an email with their motivation. By sending this invitation to both pupils and parents, we hope to involve the latter as well by discussing the meaning of the project with their chlldren.
In the past few years our junior ambassadors have organised activities like presenting all the EU members on a poster, a flag race, a quiz, a debate.
In grade 3 we finish the project with a trip to Brussels where we visit the Parlamentarium, play a role game and have a tour in the Parliament building.