Mr Paul Delaney, Head of Modern Languages at Saint Martin’s Girls’ School in Solihull, was delighted to receive news of success in gaining the British Council International School Award. The award, which is accredited for three years from 2014 to 2017, is in recognition of the School’s international work.
John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: “The School’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”
Last academic year there were many international cross-departmental projects in all areas of Saint Martin’s School. The range of international activities included a trip for girls in Year 10 to the Battlefields in France and a pen friend scheme with the School’s partner school in Germany, leading to an exchange visit this academic year. There have been Science projects covering the sustainable use of water and energy which have been shared with Saint Martin’s partner school Annal Jyoti in Nepal.
Food and nutrition projects were shared with Nepal, China and Germany including food diaries and recipes. In geography, girls discussed the areas where they live and shared this with their European partners. The school’s international links also extended to charity fundraising including a sponsored walk for Water Aid and a donation of IT equipment for the charity IT Schools Africa.