Awards hat-trick

Hesleden Primary School pupils playing Indonesian Gamalan instruments as part of a project with The Sage.

Hesleden Primary School pupils playing Indonesian Gamalan instruments as part of a project with The Sage.

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PUPILS and staff are saying “oui” after picking up their third award for work to bring the world into the classroom.

Hesleden Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for the third time.

The accolade is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, including through links with partner schools overseas.

Sarah Snowdon, the school’s international co-ordinator, said fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

The school’s international work includes visits to and from its partner schools in Mongu, Zambia, as well as numerous international activities in school, such as a visit from cultural dance troupe The Lions of Zululand, and South American and African international days involving the whole community.

Pupils have celebrated the Chinese New Year, built a South-American influenced totem pole for the garden and enjoyed making music with African drums.

They have also worked with The Sage who brought their Indonesian Gamalan instruments to school for workshops.

Ms Snowdon said: “We’re so proud to have won the award for the third time.

“The accreditation lasts for three years, so international work is well embedded into everything we do in school.

“We’ve built up a great network of contacts around the world in countries like Spain, France, India, and Africa.

“Our children have had so many fantastic opportunities over the years. They really enjoy working with people from all over the world.”

More than 800 schools received International School Award accreditation this year, with 4,000 picking up the accolade since the scheme began in 1999.