Schools embracing the world

Pupils and teachers celebrating Horndean Technology College's second consecutive international award
Pupils and teachers celebrating Horndean Technology College's second consecutive international award
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A secondary school which has its finger on the international pulse is celebrating the ultimate global accolade – for the second time in a row.

Horndean Technology College has just been re-awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award (ISA) in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Over the past three years, the school has embraced a range of cultures and countries across its entire curriculum both indoors and outdoors.

Examples of activities are the international mini-masterchef competition with a range of exotic dishes, an international arts week which celebrates diverse dance, music, art and dramatic styles, and fundraising for countries across the world in need.

There is also an annual international themed week – the most recent one focused on the Mexican belief and tradition of the Day of the Dead.

The school also hosts professional plays in a variety of languages including French, German and Spanish, as well as taster sessions in foreign languages for local primary schools.

And students take part in web conferences with their counterparts across the world to share their views on school life and world affairs.

Andrew Gray, assistant head, says: ‘We are delighted to have received the ISA for the second consecutive time.

‘We want to expose our students to worldwide issues and celebrate global diversities and it is fantastic to be recognized for all the work we do and for the hard work and commitment of our students.

‘We are really excited to continue our work with our international partner schools in Kenya, Canada, Australia, Cameroon and Uganda.

‘We are also looking forward to the challenge of working with a new continent and developing further our relationship with our new partner school in Mexico which will see us each take part in reciprocal visits in October.

‘This will be a fantastic experience.’

Student Rory Falconer, 15, adds: ‘I’ve gained so much from learning how students study in Mexico.

‘I’d love to be able to go to Mexico now because of what we’ve been learning and it’s really exciting to link with them and learn so much.’

Other schools awarded an ISA are Copnor Infants and Juniors, Miltoncross, Portsmouth High School, Crookhorn College of Technology, Lord Wilson School and Horndean CoE Juniors.