Caledonia Primary School in Saltcoats has achieved the British Council’s International School Award 2014-2017.
The award related to the local school’s Global Citizenship Initiative, including the submission of an Impact Evaluation of international learning activities, which is said to have “wowed the judges” and helped secure Caledonia’s new international status.
Fiona McRonald, the school’s international co-ordinator, was primarily responsible for progressing the Global Citizenship Initiative and was regarded by the awards team as a “credit to her school and the wider community”.
The awards team applauded Fiona’s efforts in personal communication, outlining her commitment to introducing and maintaining excellent practice in international learning. The team described as “commendable” her ability to formulate imaginative ways of drawing internationalism into the curriculum.
A delighted Head Teacher, Lee Cruickshank, said, “This is great news for our school and a great achievement. The award truly complements our international links with schools in Katawa, Malawi and France.”
For the local Council, John Bruce, SNP Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and Achievement, noted, “Through the Global Citizenship Initiative, which is run across North Ayrshire, we are enhancing our pupils’ cultural understanding and helping them develop the necessary skills to live and work as global citizens. We welcome the school’s new international badge of honour.”
John Rolfe from the British Council added, “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. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”