While the exploration of global issues has long been integral to the curriculum, the Global Program got its formal start in 2004 with the first Global Week, evolved to include the endowed Global Investigator Trip in 2008 and continues to expand with deepening partnerships with schools and organizations around the world.
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In January, students return to school and dive into Global Week. Since 2004 Global Week at Castilleja has provided students with a unique opportunity to dive deeply into a particular issue through classroom work, workshops, projects, and in-depth engagement with speakers. The theme for 2013-2014 is Artists with a Cause. It highlights the Castilleja community's committment to exploring different ways to promote social change through artistic expressions.
During the week, students will engage in a virety of experiences. Week-long grade-level workshops will focus on Women in Peace & War, Punahoe Culinary Experience, and Exploring Part of the Culinary Arts. Additionally, grade-level work will cover a variety of topcs. In the Sixth grade, students will explore storytelling as an art, focusing on puppeteering. In Seventh grade, the theme is the "Garden as a Canvas," where students will work with Brentwood School to create artwork for the garden. In Eighth grade, sudents will work with the Stevenson House to highlight their theme, "What it Means to Be an American Citizen." The Ninth grade will work with Michael Moon, director of The Moon Agency, to focus on Messaging by Design. Tenth grade students will continue their work with the Day Worker Center, focusing on Social Enterprise. The Twelvth grade will work with individual "Artists with a Cause," including Amanda Jones, MMAP, and a documentary film maker. Several keynote speakers and performances will round out the week.
The endowed Global Investigator Trip, begun in 2008, ensures that all juniors have the opportunity for an issues-based experience outside the United States. In 2014, students will travel either to China, to explore the theme of environmental sustainability on a global level; Guatemala, where they will collaborate with MayaWorks and the daughters of indigenous women weavers on an oral history project and explore issues of social equity and justice in the community; France, to explore the prominence of and issues surrounding immigration; or India, where they will work with students of Roshni Academy to better understand and explore the evolving roles of females in Indian society.
Important Upcoming Meetings for Junior Parents
Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm
Junior Parent/Student Investigator Information Evening
Local Cultural Events
Check out the 11th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival
At the Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St.
Nov. 16th, 2013
12:00PM Without Shepherds
(USA/Pakistan, 2013, 90mins)
Filmmaker in Person!
Featuring cricketer-tuned politician Imran Khan and model Vaneeza, this visually impressive and insightful doc follows six people as they navigate the turbulent waters of Pakistan’s current crisis to discover a new tomorrow.
With Short: Melody Queen to Muslim Madonna (Fawzia Afzal-Khan, 2013, USA/Pakistan, 16mins), a history of Pakistan through its women musicians.
2:30PM Beyond All Boundaries
(India/USA, 2013, 97mins)
Both entertaining and enlightening, this doc follows India's campaign to win the 2011 World Cup through the eyes of three young people - a fan(atic) who bikes across India from game to game, a boy wonder who hopes to be the next Sachin Tendulkar, and a young girl who sees cricket as a way out of poverty. Winner, Best Doc, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
5:00PM Gulabi Gang
(India/Norway/Denmark, 2012, 96mins)
Filmmaker in Person!
Nishtha Jain (City of Photos, Lakshmi and Me) returns to the Bay Area with this thriller disguised as a documentary! In Bundelkhand, India, a revolution is in the making among the fiery women of the Gulabi Gang who empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption. Winner, Best Doc,
Dubai film Festival.
Followed by: Panel discussion on gender violence in South Asia.
7:45PM Ship of Theseus
(India, 2012, 140mins)
A blind photographer regains her vision, a devout monk fights for animal rights, and a stockbroker stumbles upon an illegal organ trade in this astonishing feature debut that is both philosophical and introspective, with striking visuals and a rich narrative. Shortlisted by members of the Critics Circle, UK as one of 15 'films that changed their life'.