Budehaven achieves International School Award for another three years
By Em_Williams | Monday, October 08, 2012, 10:20
Budehaven Community School has once again been successful in gaining the International School Award. The school was congratulated by The British Council International School panel for working so hard to co-ordinate "such an impressive range of committed, creative and innovative International work, which continues to develop and benefit the school and wider community."
Budehaven Ethiopia visit 2012 (from back left to right) Mrs Jackie Walter, Sarah Tomlin, Beth Massen, Maddi Snell, Annie Proudfoot, Jade Garvie, Zara Rasher, Hannah Scown,
Jimmi Hawkins on Ethiopia Day at Budehaven
Members of Budehaven staff - Jackie Walter, Melanie Bardsley and Denise May with students – Ethan Clapton, Amy Pillman, Maisy Harriss, Louie Steege, Avril Lynes, Josh Bals
Amongst the various international links Budehaven has created is a partnership which started as a Youth Sport Trust initiative, called Dreams and Teams, five years ago with Assosa High School in Ethiopia. The link has been developed through staff and student visits and providing a coach education programme.
Budehaven is working closely with staff in Assossa High to enhance the provision of PE and also were the instigators of introducing netball to Ethiopia. This has been further developed in two other regions, Addis Abbaba and Oromiya and 70 schools have now taken up the sport. The Budehaven students worked with staff and students for 10 days, teaching netball and English in the schools.
The qualified Ethiopian staff are now developing netball and reporting back to a link teacher and Budehaven to show their progress. Ethiopia has now gained associate membership of the International Federation of Netball Associations and is hoping to move towards getting a national netball team.
Budehaven has another on-going partnership with the Youth Sport Trust at Endicott College in Boston, USA. Meanwhile staff and students are also involved in annual exchange visits to France and Spain, fundraising for charities both here and abroad and writing to pen pals across the globe.
Budehaven's Director of Sport and Assistant Headteacher, Denise May commented, "This is recognition for the dedicated staff who continue to work so hard to further develop the international dimension in so many activities. We must now ensure that the unique opportunities presented by exchanges and visits can be used further to enhance global learning not only in the curriculum but also the wider community".