In preparing St James’s pupils to become Global citizens we recognise the importance of developing their understanding of the world in which they live, including countries and cultures from around the globe. Here are just a few of the recent international learning opportunities pupils have taken part in.
Mrs Sixsmith, Mrs Mason and Mrs Williams were joined by three St James’s governors, Mrs Walters, Mrs Salton and Mr Warren, and six other local teachers to visit Nepal during the Easter holidays. We trekked for three days to reach the remote village of Bung where we were invited to join the village in celebrating the opening of new classrooms in the village school. It was fantastic to see the new classrooms and couldn’t believe the difference between them and the old original rooms that had been used until recently.
St James’s and other local schools have been raising money for the past four years to sponsor one of the Classrooms in the Clouds teachers as well as raising over twenty thousand pounds towards the building of two early years classrooms. We also got to meet the Classrooms in the Clouds sponsored teachers again and talk to them about developments within their own teaching.
- Classrooms in the Clouds (Dudley) Project-January 2017 Up-date
- Spring 2018 Newsletter
- Summer 2017 Newsletter
Well done to Miss Stonelake who has worked hard gain the Global Teachers Award.
The aim of the local Classrooms in the Clouds Project, led by St James’s, is the following:
To improve the life chances of children in rural Nepal by providing an education for them
To continue to support the sponsored teacher in rural Nepal
To fund two rural Nepalese teachers to join a teacher exchange programme to allow them to come and experience school life in England. This will provide a wealth of training opportunities which they can then take back to Nepal and share with colleagues.
For the two communities to learn about each other and to find out about life in Nepal/England
To build an Early Years school in a remote village
It has been lovely to see photos of children in Nepal playing with the gifts we sent to them. With Gigmill Primary School, we bought the children puzzles, puppets and other educational toys to use in their classrooms. We have been told they especially enjoyed experimenting with the ‘magic’ water pens in the Aqua Draw set.
Teacher Training Successfully Delivered in Bakhapalam
Training took place over 2 days on the 12th and 13th April. Sally and Lindsay were able to take this opportunity to share their skills of delivering learning through a child centred, practical approach.
Classrooms in rural Nepal have limited access to resources, therefore it is essential to be able to use natural and basic materials to enable sustainable teaching methods. The CITCNepal sponsored teachers welcomed Sally and Lindsay and were pleased to be able to discuss ideas and take part in active, practical activities. Language barriers were successfully overcome thanks to Samden Sherpa (CITC Educational Development Officer) and Mingma Chhamji Sherpa (CITC Education Support Worker) who translated brilliantly. Wonderful photos and videos by Tom Fakler captured magical moments during the training and meant that it could be recalled and remembered by everyone involved Find out more about the Sister School projects here
Year 3 worked on a shared text that was provided to use by Classrooms in the Clouds. We have shared the ideas, work and children’s responses to the text with pupils from Dudley, Scotland and Nepal.
In literacy, Year three wrote letters to pupils in Nepal. We have just received these responses all the way from the Himalayas! We have been very interested to find out how different or similar life is like in Nepal.
Stourbridge Learning Partnership
Paulina Gomez has just been appointed as the school nurse who will work in the 2 schools at Half Dye and Kanifing and in the medical centre. Her role will be to work with the most vulnerable children, many of whom live by the rubbish dump and can’t afford medical care. The money the SLP School Council raised will pay her wages for the next 2 years. Paulina Gomez has just been appointed as the school nurse who will work in the 2 schools at Half Dye and Kanifing and in the medical centre. Her role will be to work with the most vulnerable children, many of whom live by the rubbish dump and can’t afford medical care. The money the SLP School Council raised will pay her wages for the next 2 years. Thanks to the children they really have changed lives in The Gambia.
We were lucky to be able to welcome three visitors from Uganda into school for a morning.
“We were able to ask the visitors about life in Uganda. They normally eat hot food, not sandwiches. They eat Irish potatoes!” …..Charlie Year 4.
“We learned there are lots of different nutrients added to food in Uganda which the people need. It was really good to be able to talk to people from Uganda and ask them questions”. Kieran Year 6.
Each year groups curriculum includes opportunities for pupils to find out more about other countries and cultures – find out more by viewing the Curriculum maps.