British Council International School Award success for The Priory Primary School
We are proud to announce that The Priory Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for working to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work. The award is sought after worldwide by schools from countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the British Council scheme began in 1999.
Our international work includes: a three-year pen pal letter exchange with a school in Haute-Savoie, France; a letter exchange with a school in Thailand; a teddy-bear exchange with a nursery school in the United Arab Emirates; an online exchange with a school in Bern, Switzerland and French student teachers visiting our school for two weeks. All of these projects enriched teaching practices and also raised pupils’ aspirations.
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: “The Priory Primary School has brought the world into its classrooms, earning them the British Council International School Award. Their pupils’ education is enriched with international activities that help children develop the skills they need to thrive in a globalised world.”
To obtain the award, Mrs. Jones attended the Houses of Parliament for an award ceremony. Here, she was presented with the certificate by a number of local MP’s and the Chief Executive of the British Council.
We are extremely proud of both the staff and pupils for obtaining this award and as a school, are very much looking forward to seeing how our international relationships develop.
French Penpals - Year 4
The Priory Primary School has a strong relationship with Ecole du Centre in Bonneville, France. Pupils of both schools have been exchanging letters for a duration of three years. In addition to this, we have created videos, swapped recipes and even had one of our staff members visit the school to hand deliver letters and a ‘culture box’.
This year, Year 4 have had the opportunity to write to the pupils of Ecole du Centre and are eagerly awaiting our replies through the post.
Over the last three years, this exchange has provided pupils with a rare opportunity to apply their French language skills to a real-life context and have used the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of French culture.
Swiss e-Penpals - Year 3
Following a successful exchange last year, our Year 3 class are now learning all about Switzerland through an e-exchange with a school near Bern, Switzerland. The pupils will communicate via emails, letter exchanges, and video calling. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to explore a different lifestyle and culture through experiential learning.
As part of the Science topic 'Evolution and Inheritance' and in order for our children to gain a better understanding of where they come from and what roots they have in their family, they were asked to take part in a Heritage Project. The efforts were phenomenal and children came into school proud of their projects and with lots of new knowledge about their heritage. A huge congratulations to our winners and everyone who participated!
Language-Taster Session - Year four attended a language-taster session at Wood Green Academy where they experienced a French breakfast and participated in French and German lessons with year seven pupils. The aim of this day was not only to promote languages in primary schools, but to also showcase the ability of our pupils at The Priory. Our pupils were extremely eager to help and teach our methods for learning vocabulary. At one point, five of our pupils stood in front of the class and proudly performed numbers up to 30 with actions. They also participated in hot-seating and confidently answered all questions asked by the secondary teacher.
Comments from Wood Green Academy:
’I must say the students were golden on the bus and a credit to you (with thanks to the other adults that came along).’
‘The pupils were very enthusiastic about helping out in lesson, as Kerry had them teaching numbers to year 7 and I had them interacting with year 7 for greetings and saying their names. My years 7s were very impressed with them. I look forward to the next one!’
We were also lucky enough to participate in an afternoon with the Mighty Zulu Nation (a group of South African performers). The group taught our children traditional songs, dances and even parts of their history, language and culture. It was absolutely fantastic to see the children captivated by the performers and actively learning.
Unicef Fundraising Day
On the 26th September, pupils across the school celebrated and embraced ‘International Day’. This day was arranged to strengthen the love for languages in our school. Classes throughout the whole school were involved in the day with children creating artistic masks, cooking international food and learning a range of different languages and cultures.
Fundraising for UNICEF - As part of the day, children suggested fundraising for an international cause. Pupils came to school dressed up in international clothing as a country of their choice. The turnout for this was fantastic and pupils raised a total of £200. We have decided to donate this money to the children affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Thank you for your contribution towards this.
To our penpals in Thailand
Thailand - This year, our Year 4 class will be writing letters to a small school in Thailand as part of their Humanities topic . We will be exchanging letters in English and aim to compare countries, swap recipes and songs etc. to gain a deeper knowledge of different cultures. We have already received letters from Thailand and will be writing back to them within the next two weeks.
Teddy Bear Exchange - Dubai
Our nursery class are currently taking part with a 'Teddy Bear Exchange' with a nursery school in Dubai. As part of their topic 'Bears around the World', the nursery class made a teddy bear and have sent it over to Dubai. The nursery school will pick a 'Star of the Week' to take the bear home for an adventure. They will document where they take the bear and share it with us back in England. Here is a picture of the nursery in Dubai with our teddy.
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