Skip to Content

Nested Portlets

Nested Portlets

GAIL - Global Alliance for Innovative Learning

What is GAIL?

Kristin School is part of the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL), a community of eight schools that are geographically dispersed, but share a common vision for school education in the 21st Century. All of the members of the Global Alliance are independent, not for profit, co-educational schools committed to fostering understanding and authentic, purposeful friendship around the world.

Who makes up the GAIL community?

There are eight schools:

Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India

Kimball Union Academy, New Hampshire, USA

Grange College, Santiago, Chile

Western International School of Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, Scotland

Prestige College, Pretoria, South Africa

Scotch College, Adelaide, Australia

Kristin School, Auckland, New Zealand

What does GAIL do?

There are a wide range of opportunities for our Kristin community to engage in the GAIL programme.

GAIL Convention

Since 2014, students have been given the opportunity to connect and form lifelong friendships through an annual GAIL convention. Students from each school gather together, working on a meaningful global challenge and sharing their culture and perspectives on important issues. Recent conventions in Adelaide, Australia and Mussoorie, India have been very successful. Projects emerge from each convention such as the educational resources our students created for a local Indian school (Kapani) and we have recently financially supported the implementation of a wireless internet connection for the Kapani children. 2016 saw a successful convention in Aberdeen, Scotland with "Energy" as a theme to bring everyone together.
2016 Convention in Aberdeen, Scotland >>

GAIL Student Exchanges

Each year there are opportunities for our students to spend a period of time experiencing life in another GAIL school. The exchange aims to engage students in a broader educational experience, immersing them in the culture and tradition of a host school, while also developing a wider global perspective. In 2016, Kristin had the opportunity to host their first GAIL exchange student, Kelsey Schiltkamp, from Kimball Union Academy, USA. Kelsey's Exchange >>

GAIL Teacher Fellowships

As part of our professional development programme, Kristin supports GAIL staff to participate in an international educational experience with a focus on action research. This programme offers the opportunity for new knowledge and understandings to be generated by our staff, for the benefit of all GAIL schools. Recently two members of our Technology team visited Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, Scotland to learn more about both the STEM curriculum and the extra-curricular Duke of Edinburgh programme.


Year 1-13 Classroom Connections

A powerful form of collaboration is the connection of students from all eight GAIL schools within the classroom - for all ages across our three schools. Whether it is Humanities, Science or Music, students from each of the GAIL schools can connect with each other, to gain an international perspective on the curriculum they are currently focussing on. The sharing of new ideas, experiences and cultural understandings can add significant value to the educational experiences for our students here at Kristin School.

If you would like to know more about GAIL and the many different opportunities to engage in the programme please email Sarah Wakeford.

Nested Portlets

Latest International Blogs 
Scotch College Exchange - AFL and Pizza
Yesterday Saxon and his family took me to a local AFL game at the Adelaide Oval. It was...
St George's Exchange - Lollapalooza
The first week in Argentina has been interesting, I arrived here on Friday afternoon and...
St George's Exchange - Warm Welcome
On Friday here, Saturday in New Zealand, we landed and spent the day getting to know our...
GAIL Exchange to Kimball Union Academy
Over the summer holidays, I had the privilege of being the first GAIL exchange student...
Ritsumeikan Exchange: The Golden Pavilion
Today I woke up, and to my delight, there had been a large covering of snow throughout...
Ritsumeikan Exchange: Skiing
On Monday of this week, school was closed to allow the Junior High students to sit their...
Ritsumeikan Exchange: Tea Ceremony
I was lucky enough to partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony called "Chanoyu"....
Ritsumeikan Exchange: Pottery Class
Following an enjoyable few days over Oshogatsu (New Year's) my host family and myself...
View all news articles >