The Rowans School in Wimbledon has been awarded 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.
The Rowans’ international work includes their annual International Week where the children were immersed in a variety of cultures as each class took on a country for the week, ranging from Colombia to France, Mexico to Vietnam, the USA to Germany and China. Other highlights have included exchanging letters and video calls with children in schools around the world, an active after school club which celebrates the many different cultures of its members and specialist Music and Art workshops to enhance the children’s creative learning and expression.
Parents from the school community also joined in the fun by putting on an International Fair where the children took a whistle-stop tour of their native countries. At this event, the children not only learnt many facts and figures about a wide variety of countries, but they also enjoy sampling some delicious local delicacies!
On hearing the news that The Rowans School had received the award, Mrs Joanna Hubbard, Head Teacher, said: ‘We embrace our international community in Wimbledon and celebrate the many languages that The Rowans children speak at home. Our International activities provide our children with a window into different cultures and countries, and this supports the work we do in helping them to develop as global citizens. We are immensely proud to receive this International School Award as recognition of our focus and success in this area.’
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’