Monday, 25 September 2017

The international classroom

THE Piggott School in Wargrave has received an award for the fourth time in a row.

THE Piggott School in Wargrave has received an award for the fourth time in a row.

The Twyford Road school gained the International School Award for its work with different countries and cultures.

In July, Piggott hosted a visit by students and teachers from a school in Luzhou, China, who took part in a project on Charles Dickens, attended lessons and helped make a “cricket tea” with catering students.

In the summer holidays, year 12 and 13 pupils spent a week in Botswana volunteering at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. They dug trenches and cleared roads and on their day off visited the Chobe National Park and Makgadikgadi salt flats.

In October, 38 Piggott students went to Iceland and learned about the country’s geography and natural features including volcanoes, glaciers and geysers.

There was also a world wildlife project in which the whole school participated.

Over the next few months, there will be trips to Kenya, New York and a return visit to China. The award is given to hundreds of schools each year by the British Council and is valid for three years. Piggott first applied in 2004 and retained the award in 2007 and 2010.

John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: “The 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.”

Headteacher Hilary Winter said: “This is a magnificent achievement and a reflection of the work the school has sustained for nearly 10 years.

“Students benefit from an understanding and awareness of their place in international affairs as well as their country’s. Such understanding will benefit them as future citizens. I am grateful to my colleagues for the part so many of them have played in achieving this award.”

The award was introduced in 1999 and has been presented to more than 1,000 schools in this country as well as inspiring similar awards in Greece, Sri Lanka and Nigeria.

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