We are delighted to announce that Greenfield have been successful in a bid to the British Council as part of the ‘connecting classrooms programme’ to become linked with partner schools in Sri Lanka. Our school are part of a ‘cluster’ of schools, these being Aycliffe village Primary, Kelloe Primary, Langley Moor primary and Shincliffe Primary School. Our cluster is one of only a handful of successful clusters across the country, a fantastic achievement.
The theme of the partnership is to be the seven Olympic values of Friendship, Respect, Determination, Courage, Equality, Inspiration & Excellence. The Sri Lankan Olympic team will be based in County Durham for the 2012 games and our linking with this country could result in Sri Lankan athletes and officials carrying out work in our school.
It is intended that we, as a school, will work on collaborative projects with our partners in Sri Lanka on several pieces of work including Dance, competitive sport, Arts, creative writing and ICT. We plan to share our experiences with our partner schools in many exciting ways including video conferencing, letter writing, email and face to face meetings. We hope, overall to allow our pupils to have a greater understanding of the world and global issues by participating in this programme.
As well as working with our partner schools overseas, pupils at our schools will be exposed to extended opportunities to create partnerships with our primary partners. Pupils will be able to share experiences, develop collaborative work and use their leadership and mentoring skills to help others. It is hoped that a dance motif developed here at Greenfield can be taught to our primary and overseas partners and then a collaborative dance performed here at school. We also hope to have an inter school sports competition hosted by our young leaders for partners to participate within.
Mr Butterworth is attending a national conference at the end of the month to meet our overseas partners and to bring them back to Greenfield for a visit on February the 1st this year. We look forward to showing them our school and all of the exciting learning that is taking place.