CHILDREN throughout the King’s Ely community have taken part in an incredible 21 cultural awareness activities this year, prompting the school to apply for the prestigious British Council International School Award (ISA), an accreditation scheme that recognises curriculum-based international work.

Since September 2011, pupils from all three sections of the school have been carrying out a host of international competitions, online projects and celebrations, all of which have been expertly designed to prepare them for life in the 21st century.

Highlights include the celebration of Chinese New Year in Reception; International Day in Acremont, where relatives were invited to share their culture and language with the children at school; the Elympics, where students took part in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports and international cultural activities; and a host of online projects with schoolchildren from other countries.

In addition, the Year 8 pupils won an Olympic song competition run by Arsenal Football Club, and King’s Ely Junior won a national award for its integration of eTwinning – the online community that enables schools across Europe to work together over the internet. The school has also become an eTwinning ambassador, meaning that we can help local schools to achieve this award from September.
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In order to obtain the ISA, King’s Ely will need to demonstrate the following points through a minimum of seven curricular activities:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community.

King’s Ely Senior’s International Coordinator, Esmeralda Salgado said: “Lots of work and adventurous teaching has taken place throughout the year, and we are confident that we will be able to meet the above criteria.

“However, while the school would be honoured to receive the accreditation, the main aims of the cultural awareness programme were to strengthen and promote the school’s international ethos, to build and develop links with our international counterparts and to enrich our students with the benefits of diverse engagement, which we believe has been achieved.”

The school will find out if it has been successful in obtaining the ISA later this year.   

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