Global Schools Partnership and our Full International Schools Award

For over eight years Crowdys Hill School has been engaged in a partnership with David Livingstone High School in Zambia, with particular focus on this school’s SEN department run by Cynthia Chisangano.

Both schools have shared teaching and learning with good practise utilising technology including Skype, e-mail and traditional communication methods. Our classrooms and communities have been connected.

This successful partnership has engaged pupils and staff with the wider Swindon community including:

  • Swindon Town Football Club who support community football and exercise in Livingstone;
  • Lights for Learning who bring electricity to Zambian classrooms and teachers
  • Grange Infants and Junior in Swindon who are now corresponding Linda South Basic School, Livingstone;
  • Zambians resident and working in Swindon.

Crowdys Hill School is an active member of the Swindon – Livingstone Community Partnership Group. This group has built many positive partnerships with individuals and organisations connected to Livingstone, Zambia.  Examples are;

  • The British Council in both Lusaka and London;
  • Livingstone Sports and Football Associations;
  • Nakatindi Health Centre Building Project and
  • Swindon Town Football Club in the Community Trust – please click here for a link to their website

Crowdys Hill School and David Livingstone High School have also been involved in teacher exchanges and reciprocal visits between the two schools. Members of staff have experienced different ways of living, working in schools, and have learned from and about each other.

Crowdys Hill School ran two very successful Zambian themed days culminating, on the third day with a special assembly celebrating students’ achievements and the Zambian culture. The days incorporated learning activities across the school curriculum including dance, food, sport, maths, literacy with many opportunities for fun.  We held a Zambian morning which included drama, art, enrichment and PE included Zambian themed exercies.  Work continues and is now embedded in many subject areas including Geography/Drama/Art/ICT and includes aspects of the Zambian language/people/culture and customs.

Many thanks to members of the Zambian community who supported Crowdys Hill school throughout our Global Partnership and these very successful themed days. Both staff and students have learnt a great deal.

As a result of the work that has been undertaken on the Zambian partnership link Crowdys hill was awarded the very prestigious British Council Full International Schools Award – which this School is understandably very proud.

Click here for a link to the Swindon Advertiser website to view an article linked to our global partnership link

Full International Schools Award

We are very proud to announce that Crowdys Hill School have recently been awarded the Full International Schools Award in recognition of its partnership working with David Livingstone School in Zambia

The British Council wrote the following piece in support of the award:

You have delivered relevant international activities with your partner schools focusing on relevant and current international themes. You have clearly demonstrated the impact your activities have had on your students and their progress in learning. In particular the following activities: ‘Dress, Clothing, Fashion and Masks’, Public Show, ‘Zambian Shopping Experience’ and ‘Working to broaden our Swindon – Livingstone International School Partnership Project’ are of a very high quality, innovative and have engaged students both within your school, your partner school and your local community.

In going forward develop your language activities ‘Sharing the language of music, dance and rhythm’ and ‘Storytelling and creative writing workshops’ to incorporate the language of Zambia so that your students can learn about the international themes through your partner school’s language in addition to acquiring language skills. Ensure you now embed all your activities into your curriculum to sustain the good work you have started for the long term and keep monitoring the progress your students make and the impact on their learning and understanding of international themes and issues.

Overall, this is an excellent example of a successful Action Plan delivered to a high standard demonstrating the depth in planning and organisation and focus on internationalism highlighting the importance of global partnerships for your young people.

Well done – a very enjoyable plan and evaluation to read. Best wishes for your international work over the next three years to your students and staff.

Many thanks to all the staff, students and parents who have given so generously of their time.

Date this page was last modified: 10 October 2019