School’s international success

KEEP IN TOUCH Sophie Lazaro, Chloe Birch and Alfie Hammerton writing pen letters to overseas friends.   (113387-1)
KEEP IN TOUCH Sophie Lazaro, Chloe Birch and Alfie Hammerton writing pen letters to overseas friends. (113387-1)
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YOUNGSTERS who have friends across the globe are celebrating a prestigious award which acknowledges their school’s excellent international relations.

Copnor Infants, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, has just won the International School Award.

Over the past two years, pupils and staff have exchanged emails and letters with children in America, Canada, Australia, Brazil, India and European countries.

They have taken part in a range of exotic activities including Bollywood dancing, Mexican cookery, French and Spanish lessons and samba drumming.

In July, the youngsters raised more than £250 for Oxfam as part of an awareness campaign for children in Mali who have to walk up to four miles each day to fetch water.

Headteacher Sue Hurley said: ‘We are thrilled with the accreditation.

‘It’s about the children learning how they fit in the world as global citizens. It is so important to expose children to other religions, cultures and ethnicities at a young age so they build on that understanding.

‘Everything we have done helps them appreciate the differences as well as the similarities.’