Primary pupils win top award for second time

Dorset Echo: WELL DONE: Teacher Kimberley Dukes with pupils at St John’s Primary WELL DONE: Teacher Kimberley Dukes with pupils at St John’s Primary

A WEYMOUTH school has scooped an international award for the second year running.

St John’s Primary in Coombe Avenue has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Headteacher Diana Mason said the school was delighted to receive the award. She said: “Learning from other countries helps us all to be better aware of different cultures.

“Children see the world as being very close at hand due to the nature of the internet.

“We are proud to be encouraging this awareness at St John’s.”

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

St John’s international work includes well-established curriculum links with schools in Kenya, Switzerland and Venice.

Ms Mason added: “There were several activities connected to the Olympics as well as work on the heritage sites across the world.”

John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: “St John’s fantastic international work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them, but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too.”

He added: “The school deserves a gold medal of its own for all its outstanding commitment to a range of fantastic international work.”

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