Our aims in promoting International links are clear:
- To create an interest in learning about other cultures with an open and enquiring attitude
- To develop an understanding and appreciation of others' lifestyles, cultural evolution and languages
- To refuse to support values or actions that may be harmful to other communities
- To appreciate that we have a role to play in the wider/global community
- To develop an understanding of global issues and current affairs - religious, cultural, political, environmental, economic and social
- To develop a caring attitude and an awareness of the plight of those less fortunate and attempt to make a difference through charitable initiatives
With these goals in mind, St Edward's has links with schools both in this Country and schools further afield.
We have a link, through the British Council and the Diocese of Lichfield, with Mungakha Primary School in Western Kenya. Over the past few years our pupils have exchanged letters and pupils have been involved in writing and exchanging stories. Staff from St Edward's (and other Staffordshire schools) have visited and taught in Mungakha Primary, we have had a reciprocal visit with St Edward's having hosted teachers from Kenya.
We have previously been engaged in another Country wide project with Chemnitz, in Northern Germany. Pupils worked on a gardening project and looked at exchanging ideas as 'Growing Partners'. A teacher exchange took place in the previous academic year.
In addition to this, several teachers have taken part in an exchange with school teachers in Denmark, sharing ideas, experiences and expertise. This exchange has involved many schools within the Leek Education Partnership over the last two years and we hope that this link will continue.
As always our links with other languages are strong, with the school often celebrating the International Day of Languages. Our Year 7's recently visited North-West France, this is an annual event. Our Year 5 pupils continue to study Spanish (along with some of our feeder schools) and one of our language teachers visited a Spanish school as part of the Comenius project. Italian and German are also taught to year 8 pupils as part of their Curriculum Enrichment.
St Edward's is also involved in the Send My Friend campaign. This is an annual event for the whole school and it raises awareness of the value of education and how valuable it is in improving the lives of children. The focus is on the number of extra teachers (1.7 million) needed to be able to send all primary age children to school and also the number of disabled pupils who miss out on education around the world.
Our Music department work on different types of music from around the world. The Creative Studies department is involved in researching and producing foods from around the world as well as understanding the different things that are grown in other parts of the world.
It is with great delight and pride that St Edward's has been re-accredited with the International Schools award until August 2106.