Our international work
Our school is a relatively small area school located in a rural village in the Lincolnshire Wolds. I have been at the school as Headteacher since 1993 and also took on the role of International Coordinator in 2001.
We first achieved the Full International School Award in 2003 and are now one of a very small number of primary schools in the UK to have been awarded this accolade on four occasions.
Internationalism pervades many lessons and social situations and is not a series of ‘one offs’. The culmination of a music project this year saw the production of a joint song co-written by staff at our own and our partner school with ideas developed during a Connecting Classrooms visit to Chennai. The plan was to develop a simultaneous ‘live’ performance in both schools using a video link. Parents, pupils and governors arrived at school early in the morning due to the time difference and breakfast was served. The local BBC radio station and BBC TV local news arrived soon after. Messages of congratulation soon began to arrive from across the county and further afield.
A key theme underpinning our International School Award application in 2012 was the collection of recipes from around the world. The whole school community was involved in initiating global emails into the head teacher’s inbox. Those e-mailing in were asked to name their location so that we could find it on our world map, tell us about food that is commonly eaten there and, if possible, attach a photograph. We achieved 223 e-mails from 74 countries with over 160 recipes. That was an average of over 2 e-mails per child. We will be producing an international cookbook in time for Christmas.
Submitted by Andrew Hyde. The Edward Richardson Primary School, Tetford.