Grace has numerous connections to international communities for various reasons including service, languages, science, robotics, and performing arts.
Teams of students and teachers regularly visit developing countries to support communities in countries such as Uganda, Cambodia, and Indonesia. For example, Service teams travel to Cambodia to see the impact that programmes supported by the school have on communities. These trips are an adventure of a lifetime, where students experience the joy of meeting people from another culture and the challenges they face every day. Students raise funds that are allocated to building facilities such as food banks and meeting places.
Students also regularly visit Watoto in Uganda, Africa. They build dormitories, visit local homes and schools in the villages, stop in at the sustainability farms, shop at markets, enjoy local activities, and experience church, African style. Grace students are able to experience an unforgettable journey that will impact them for life.
Grace staff and families support a group of students in Indonesia to help further their studies. Groups of students have visited schools in Sumatra and have also hosted students here in their own homes.
Japanese and German languages are taught at Grace. Students have the opportunity to experience the language of these countries first-hand by being involved in hosting students who visit the College from Germany and Japan.
Students who continue their study of language into the Senior School have the opportunity to travel on exchange or tour to Japan and Germany. Grace College has exchange agreements with schools in Saarland and Frankfurt in Germany and in Tokyo, Shizuoka and Hakata in Japan.
An added bonus to studying Science subjects in Senior years is the opportunity to travel to the United States to partake in a NASA Tour. The inaugural tour was in 2014 with 17 students from Years 10 to 12 along with three teachers who journeyed to Orlando Florida. During this trip they experienced meeting Ed Gibson, an astronaut from the 84-day sky-lab mission in 1973-74, learning about his time in space; taking part in astronaut training, which included an anti-gravity wall, a trajectory chair and a multi-axis trainer; running a shuttle mission simulation, and a mock-landing of the shuttle.
Grace is planning to take another trip to NASA in 2017.
Members of our Grace College Robotics Team were selected to be the only Australian team at the International School Student ICT Innovation Competition in China after displaying a positive and enthusiastic attitude at the State and National Competitions. Grace is now developing a partnership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with a school in China.
Grace Academy students and staff regularly tour nationally and internationally with their orchestras and bands.