Here at Heacham Junior School we are developing our awareness of Internationalism. We have begun to look closely at the Sustainable Development Goals to see how we can incorporate these into our diverse and varied curriculum. The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”(United Nations 2017). The SDG’s were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
We are extremely delighted to have gained a link with a school in Mumbai, India.
St. Mary’s High School, is a private Catholic junior secondary school for boys located in Mazgaon, Mumbai, India.
In addition to this, we are aiming to achieve International School’s status by applying for the International School Award via the British Council. This will allow us to be recognised for all of the work we have achieved in relation to Internationalism.
Children will gain an increased knowledge; awareness and tolerance about other countries, cultures and languages; confidence in communicating with people from different backgrounds; more skills to successfully live and work in a global and mobile society; literacy skills when writing stories and letters for specific audiences and beginning to develop confidence with their foreign language skills.
We have been awarded the Intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition for our work of 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 in today’s world.
The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:
- An international ethos embedded throughout the school
- A whole school approach to international work
- Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
- Year-round international activity
- Involvement of the wider community