Malmesbury has gained re-accreditation of the prestigious International School Award through our strong links with our partner schools abroad, noting that "The international dimension is clearly embedded in your school's curriculum and whole-school ethos, dovetailing neatly with other priorities and programmes." and that "communicating with their peers in your French partner school was particularly significant for your pupils as they were able to develop international friendship and empathy". They also remarked that "Your pupils are learning about other countries and aspects of their culture and language. They are developing global citizenship skills and attributes as well as an appreciation for cultural diversity".
We are very excited to have been awarded two British Council grants to visit Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, Ghana and have strong links with the Ecole St. Jean in Trets in the South of France, with whom we correspond regularly in both French and English.
Nos amis en France
In Year 5, we have been corresponding for over 5 years with a school in Trets in the South of France. We correspond with each other about once every half term and love to hear each other's news. It's been particularly good to hear from our friends during lockdown; they're going through exactly the same things that we are! We have written letters and poems, and sent videos and emails to each other. We even got a chance to mark some of their English homework! We felt like proper teachers! We've noticed that their hand-writing is very different and they don't have to wear school uniform, but they like the same things that we like (football, other sports, video games...) and we've loved making new friends.
Our friends in Ghana
A Visit from Angelina, the Head-teacher and Thomas, a Year 6 teacher. Take a look at the 'Our Friends in Ghana' page for more pictures and information.
On our first visit to Ghana, we took some footballs and bibs with us as a gift to our Ghanaian friends, which the children at Malmesbury had saved up for. Here are some photos of an inter-form football competition; it's great to see they're being put to good use!