In 2012 we were very excited to have been re-accredited with the British Council’s, Schools International Award. To have gained this award again we have shown commitment and attention to further development in contact with schools in other countries, and enthusiastically embrace the diversity of culture in our own school.
Mayfield School celebrates the presence of families from many nationalities within the school. Parents are keen to talk about their own cultures in presentations, and these have been incorporated into the curriculum in RE, Geography, Literature, Music, languages, and Art and design. In the foundation stage, stories have been told in Italian and German, and displays have been labelled in these languages alongside English. The Olympics provided an opportunity to find out more about the other countries taking part, and conversations have been initiated all over the world through our post crossing project. Our Brazilian link provided an opportunity to find out more about their culture, with pupils exchanging letters, and finding out more about their athletes. In our citizenship we have learnt more about Zambia, and how we can help provide more resources with our fundraising to help other children have the same opportunities as us. Our Parent/teacher association have been keen to be involved with this and have arranged several fundraising events to help raise money. We often have teachers visiting us from other countries, but have been pleased to be able to establish a Singaporean link this year and have a teacher experience our own curriculum activities whilst sharing more about his own country. Our community is involved through our school activities which we share with our neighbours, and this year we enjoyed sharing food from all the countries around the world, in an International evening. As a school in a University town, we have many friends who visit us for a short time, and always enjoy the richness they have to offer our own culture, and stay in touch with them through letters and e mails, and of course, Monty Mayfield as well!
A quote from the British Council (ISA):
“The International School Award (ISA) is testament to your whole school commitment to embedding a rich and creative range of international work and we are delighted to say a very deserved ‘well done’.”