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Bluecoat Celebrate Being Part of a Global Community

We are proud and excited to be developing global opportunities for our pupils. One of our four key curriculum drivers is ‘Being Part of a Global Community’ and our aim is for all pupils to learn more about the world on their doorstep and also the wider world. Each year group (1-6) has their own country of study (South Africa, America, France, India, Austria and Cornwall) and are currently in the process of forging links.

On Monday 18th May, we were delighted to welcome two teachers from our Year 6 partner school, Lourdes Central School in Mangalore, India. It was Henry and Lavina’s first trip to the UK and they thoroughly enjoyed working with the pupils as well as immersing themselves in the community. The partnership was established through the British Council, Connecting Classrooms Project and this was a reciprocal visit following Mr Thomas’ and Mr Harts’ visit to India last October.

As a celebration of the global work taking place throughout the school and as a welcome to our Indian guests, we hosted a Global Evening inviting members of the local community, along with parents, staff and children. Each year group performed a piece linked to their partner country, including dance, music and poetry, and as a local flavour, Streetz Dance Crew also performed. A buffet was served representing foods from the six partner countries including Samosas, Strudel, South African Kebabs, Brie Baguette and a Cornish Cream Tea (jam first!), whilst music from the Great Torrington School Staff Band ‘Up Town Folk’ entertained. The evening was rounded off with children from upper key stage two demonstrating the May Pole; it was a wonderful atmosphere and parents and guests happily joined in!  The event really brought the community together and we were delighted with an audience of nearly 300 people including invited dignitaries from the local area.

Mr Harts commented: “It was an absolute pleasure to see the community turn up for such a fantastic event. My aim is that every child is aware of the ever changing world around them. They need to have an understanding of the different cultures, countries and opportunities that the world has to offer. The world is more linked than ever and it is important that our children are given the platform to be part of it. The evening allowed us to show the community and our visitors the importance of the Global Curriculum within the school and the opportunities that we have for the future.”

Henry Teaching

Henry teaches our year 6 pupils

Buffet

Henry, Lavina and guests enjoy the Global Evening buffet

Maypole

A traditional Torrington end to the evening