Kirkby College celebrate international award

NMAC11-2335-1'Kirkby College teacher Tom Heaney who is off to India
NMAC11-2335-1'Kirkby College teacher Tom Heaney who is off to India

KIRKBY College has been given a prestigious award in recognition of its work helping students widen their horizons by becoming more aware of global issues.

The school has gained a full International School Award from the British Council after making concerted efforts to bring an international element into the curriculum and encourage community cohesion.

Work done towards the award has been extensive and has included seeing the school establish a twinning link with Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Goa, India.

Contact was made with the school through a mutual partner, and Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Neil Kennedy went out to India in March to observe teaching practices and meet students.

Kirkby College has also held international food days, participated in World Book Day and students have been promoting the Fairtrade movement, which has seen more Fairtrade products on sale in the canteen.

Said headteacher Simon Taylor said: “I am delighted that our whole school policy of celebrating global diversity has been recognised by the British Council.

“Our school has had a tremendous few years of growth, both academically and culturally.

“The award is a recognition of both walking hand in hand.

“The international outlook for Kirkby College as a lead school which develops internationalism looks very bright’.

The school’s twinning with the Indian school continues to go from strength to strength, with many students now having pen pals.

Teacher Tom Heaney is also due to go out to India during this academic year while Kirkby will welcome the Indian school’s headteacher.

Pupils have also been involved in fundraising for PEAS - Promoting Equality in African Schools - which helps pay for children in Uganda to go to secondary school and learnt about the role of Unicef.

Mr Kennedy added: “The overall theme of the international award is that we expose students to other cultures and other races and it will help reduce racism, discrimination and prejudice.”