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School to collect award for work with Uganda 2 October 2007

A HEAD Teacher is travelling to London next week to collect a major award for his school’s work on Africa.

Stuart Lambie MBE, who is in charge of Foxdale Primary School, will receive an International School Award from the British Council. It will be presented to him by BBC broadcaster George Alagiah.

‘This is in recognition of the global citizenship work that we have done in school over the last couple of years and, in particular, the work involving our links with a school in Uganda,’ a delighted Mr Lambie said.

The ISA is an accreditation scheme run by the British Council for the Department for Children, Schools and Families in the UK. It is open to all schools (nursery to sixth form) throughout India, Sri Lanka and the British Isles. The scheme recognises good practice in adding an international dimension to the curriculum. In 2007, 447 schools will receive an award.

Mr Lambie explained:

‘Foxdale School has been involved in work with Uganda since 2004, when teacher Elizabeth Bankes-Jones introduced to her class the Send a Cow charity. Children raised money for a cow and four goats for a village in Uganda.
‘Having found out about Uganda, its culture and history, the class took part in the One World – Global Village exhibition at the Centenary Centre in Peel, involving several schools and featuring countries from different continents.
‘Mrs Bankes-Jones then tried to find a school in Uganda to link with and, through a BBC website, found the Good Hope Primary and Nursery School in Namungoona, just outside Kampala. Some 450 children, many of them orphaned, learned that a school, thousands of miles away, was keen to make contact and share information. The director of the school was delighted and phoned Foxdale School to declare his joy!’

Mr Lambie continued:

‘Foxdale children were keen to help the sister school and it was decided that we could provide some summer dresses as the school uniform was the same colour as ours. Mrs Bankes-Jones put out appeals for donations and, through Isle of Man Newspapers and Manx Radio, we managed to secure educational items, clothing, sports and musical equipment.
‘One of our parents, Mr Chris Astley, volunteered to accompany the goods and, thanks to the generosity of British Airways, who provided a van and fuel costs to transport the van to Heathrow, Chris was able to meet everyone at the school and ensure that they received our gifts. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company also helped a great deal, giving Chris and the van free passage to Heysham.
‘Chris was guest of honour at a festival of music, during which the children of Good Hope School performed songs in celebration of his visit. Many of the children wore items of clothing donated by people from Foxdale and throughout the Island.’

Mr Lambie said:

‘Manx Radio offered schools the opportunity to create a programme and its presenters and production team came into school to work with teachers and the children on an hour-long programme. One of the Year 6 children at the time, Katie Meads, wrote to the Archbishop of York, explaining our connection with the Ugandan school and he agreed to be interviewed by Katie, via Manx Radio, as part of the programme.
‘During the interview, Katie asked the Archbishop if he could possibly visit Foxdale School. He replied that he may well have an opportunity in the future to come to the Island and, that being the case, he would definitely visit us. We were surprised and delighted to be told that he would be on the Island on Monday, September 10 and was keen to visit us.’

The presentation of the International School Award will take place at the Brewery Conference Centre, London, on Wednesday, October 10.

Mr Lambie said:

‘The award is a tribute to everyone at school who has worked in many different ways to promote global awareness. Children, teachers, parents and friends of the school have contributed to a variety of cross curricular projects, which have proved to be both successful and rewarding.’

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