St Paul’s CE Primary School has held a long and proud history of developing a rich international dimension as part of our rich and diverse curriculum. We aim to raise and educate children as intelligent and respectful global citizens, who are keen to continue discovering and understanding their place within our ever- changing world. As a school community, we are particularly mindful of our strong Christian ethos, as well as the need to open the children's eyes to a bigger world. Throughout their time with us, the children develop a deep understanding of respect and social awareness, through our inclusivity and celebration of diversity. Having achieved four accreditation levels of the International School Award over the past decade, our commitment to the promotion of an embedded international ethos has continued to develop strongly. Through the long-standing British Council link, we continue to be actively involved in developing strong ties and furthering projects with St. John Leonard School in Mpigi Uganda, undertaking regular reciprocal visits, all of which impact immeasurably on the learning and depth of appreciation of the children and staff.
St. John Leonard School, Uganda
St Paul’s CE Primary School is proud to be partnered with St. John Leonard a School in Uganda as part of the British Council projects of Connecting Classrooms. Accessing the Global Learning programme, the two schools have worked collaboratively for over 13 years exploring global issues that shape our world.
The bond we have generated with our partner school in Uganda over many years, will continue to deepen and strengthen, as the depth of our appreciation develops further. New staff members are keen to become actively involved, ensuring the long-standing connections will be sustained into the future.
St John Leonard's is a non profit private mixed primary school for children aged between 3 and 13. It is located in Mpigi District, a small town 20 miles from Kampala. It is an area affected by rural poverty, where nearly 10% of girls aged 12-17 have already given birth. In addition, over 20% of people aged 18+ are unable to read or write. Schooling, life-skills training, and engaging activities are therefore key to getting these children and young people off the streets and setting them on the right path for a brighter future.
The headteacher is Mr Tom Wankwasi, who has visited St Paul’s CE Primary School on various occasions. Recent collaborative projects have included supporting St John Leonard’s with the teaching of phonics and reading. In addition, the two schools have worked together to create a join song. A lot of St Paul’s CE Primary School staff have visited Uganda over the last 10 years. Regular communication between the schools is maintained through Facebook, letter writing, emails and each class at St Paul's sponsoring a child to go to school through the Fulfilling Futures Charity. The Fulfilling Futures Charity has been set up by some of the teachers at school to further support the school and its community. More information about the charity, St John Leonard’s School and sponsoring children can be found at: https://fulfillingfutures.org.uk
St. John Leonard a church school in Mpigi Uganda
Public school Agustina de Aragón - a bilingual school in Zaragoza, Spain.
Having established exciting connections with Agustina de Aragón School in Spain, both schools are now actively planning for regular penpal letter exchanges, sharing information about what life is like in English / Spanish schools, as well as a perfect opportunity to develop skills in speaking and writing in Spanish.
In order for the children to fully comprehend the purpose of pursuing and developing a love of communicating in a foreign language, it is essential that they have many first-hand opportunities to do so. Through exchanging letters both sets of children will develop a deep understanding of a wider world, comparing and contrasting interests, similarities and celebrating differences. Our Year 6 children have already exchanged letters but now the project will be extended to cover all children in Key Stage 2. This will mean the connections can have greater sustainability over the children’s time in KS2, building deeper relationships with their penpals.
Prayers from across the world