British Council International School Award success for Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel

British Council International School Award success for Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel

YSGOL Gymraeg Brynsierfel in Llanelli has been awarded Intermediate
level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in
recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools
that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an
international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British
Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural
understanding and skills they need for life and work in today’s world.

Ysgol Brynsierfel’s international work includes participating in the
Walk the Global Walk project, undertaking the ‘Stepping Out to Lesotho’
challenge, sharing activities with a partner school, Loti, in Lesotho,
South Africa, learning about life in Loti school and comparing it with
life here in Wales, focusing on the Global Goal of ‘Peace, Justice and
Strong Institutions’ by designing and creating a Peace Garden named
‘Hafan Heddychlon’ (‘Peaceful Place’) and planting trees in Wales and
Lesotho.

Headteacher Jayne Davies said: “I wish to thank Zoe Jermin-Jones
(assistant headteacher), Sophie Harding (eco school co-ordinator), the
Global Goalkeepers and volunteers for their drive and determination in
bringing this project to fruition. As a school we are all delighted to
receive this prestigious International School Award, recognizing our
passion for tackling climate change on both a local and international
level.”

John Rolfe MBE, Schools Outreach Manager at the British Council, said:
“Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel’s international work has earned the school
well-deserved recognition with the British Council International School
Award’s Intermediate certificate.

“We are proud and delighted to work with this great school. Many thanks
to everyone for all their commitment to developing international work
and sharing excellent classroom practice and resources. This is
enriching education for its pupils; and their excellent collaborative
projects with partner schools overseas are bringing the world into their
classrooms. International work is key support for the development of
skills young people need to be the globally aware citizens of the
future.

“Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to
accreditation with our Full International School Award and schools
looking to join this supporting and engaging global network should
contact us at the British Council”.

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The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Greece,
Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Around 6,000 International School
Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the
scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to
develop:

* An international ethos embedded throughout the
school

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