Exciting News: International Award Granted.
In September, we received some very exciting news: Broomgrove Junior School has been awarded ‘International Schools Status’ for the many projects we have taken part in. This is only awarded to schools who have been involved in seven international whole-school activities, including three with schools in other countries.
The awards process is rigorous and a detailed evaluation has to be submitted. This reflects a year to eighteen months of involvement. Once again, our wonderful children did us proud! The positive feedback from The British Council awarding body reflects this. Here are a few of the comments in our award feedback.
‘Global themes directly linked to Global Goals for Sustainable Development are at the forefront of the challenging and informative activities you have presented to your pupils’.
'Overall, the impact on pupils shows in their commitment to learning about issues affecting the welfare and education of children in other countries, and participating in activities that strengthen partner school links and enrich their shared experiences.'
'The fact that you are also unafraid to challenge teachers and pupils through extending certain activities, or to follow pupil-initiated ideas, has also impacted on the success of your international learning.'
If you would like to know more about the work of The British Council and how it promotes international learning, please follow this link:
Here at Broomgrove, we are busy developing an international outlook to equip our children for life in the wider world. The children are always fascinated by international study and really enjoy this work.
All classes have been busy writing diaries describing our days to send to a school in Nepal. They have sent some in return telling us about their days too. They make interesting reading; describing food and the school day. They do hours of homework too! Here are some examples of Year 4 Broomgrove diaries and 10 year old Nepalese children's diaries.
One of our next planned international experiences will give all children the chance to meet Essex University students from other countries and to hear about their life, language and culture at home.
International Food Tasting - May 2016
Class 2 international food day:
Belgium waffles, English Jam scones, Italian spaghetti meatballs, German ginger spiced biscuits, English rock cakes
Class 3 international food day:
Foods tried were both savoury and sweet, and came from Europe[ Scotland- shortbread, Bulgaria-
Mekichki, France- croissants and crepes, Germany- Apfelkuchen, Italy- pizza, pasta and frittata, and Spain- Spanish omelette.] and the wider world : USA - cookies, Saudi Arabia- rice dishes and falafel wraps, Singapore- sticky mango rice, Morocco- cous cous, Nepal- dumplings, Australia/New Zealand - Anzac biscuits, Mexico- tortillas. A great tasting experience had by all; new flavours and textures tried and enjoyed, with recipes exchanged too!
Just before our Easter break, an old Broomgrove pupil, Sabrina Sahli, visited us to talk about the volunteering work she had been doing recently in Tanzania. This involved working alongside young Tanzanian student volunteers and other Western volunteers to introduce basic hygiene and disease prevention to remote villages.
Sabrina talked about the idea of 'Global Active Citizenship' ie. making a positive difference to the lives of others in the World. She touched on themes of inequality and access to school, as well as the gains of immersing herself in another culture (Sabrina lived with a family in the village where she worked). She brought lots of artefacts and photographs with her to share.
Our children were very responsive and showed great maturity in their questions and comments. Many said that they would be interested in making a difference when they are older. Here are some photographs of Sabrina's visits to classes across the school.
In March, our children took part in an Etwinning, European project called. "Let's Rap about School!" This project involved schools from Greece, UK, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria. All of the schools have submitted films and raps to our shared Etwinning site.
Mrs Minshull helped the children to construct their raps in Music lessons and has put together a fabulous video featuring children from across the school performing parts of our Broomgrove Rap. An interesting aspect of this is that the videos posted are across the age ranges and provide insight into what other schools in Europe look like. Some examples of these have also been posted here for you and your children to enjoy.
We are sure that you won't be able to watch the Broomgrove Rap without smiling at the infectious enthusiasm and individual styles of our children!
The link to the Broomgrove Rap is:
https://vimeo.com/158808232, and the password is BJSrap
Here are some videos from other countries who also worked on the rap project:
Etwinning is another way to communicate with schools around Europe. We are involved in a project called 'Share a Game' where children from schools across Europe share playground games with each other. This video is from Poland and features a game called 'Chinese Jump Rope'. You might recognise it as French Skipping.
Click here for more information.