St Vincent’s have a history of developing international links and we are committed to encouraging all to look outwards to the wider world. Our natural link is with Thigio Nursery School in Kenya as a direct connection to the Daughters of Charity, the Trustees of our school. Our children have continued to raise funds to ensure that the Sisters can provide every child in the village of Thigio with a nursery education.
As educators, we are helping children to take their World Citizenship seriously, with all its exciting possibilities and responsibilities. The DfE defines ‘The global dimension’ as incorporating the key concepts of global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, sustainable development and values and perceptions. It explores the interconnections between the local and the global. It builds knowledge and understanding, awareness of social cohesion and British Values as well as developing skills and attitudes on which they may want to act to change things.
We have a multi-tiered approach to our International work at St Vincent’s, including: a broad and balanced curriculum to develop global learners and active participants in a global community; eTwinning projects (MFL – Italian); assemblies & displays around the school; Global Scholars programme (UKS2 – run by Bloomberg Philanthropies & the British Council), etc.
In recognition of our commitment to the International Dimension of our children’s learning, we have received Accreditation from the British Council – International Schools Award 2019-22. For several years we have enjoyed working on International projects with partners overseas through Comenius & Erasmus+ EU funded projects – currently including “Up, Up & Away!” (Key Action 101 project to enable a number of teachers to visit Europe for staff development) & Utopia: Developing skills for cross-curricular teaching in an outdoor and/or community-based environment (Key Action 201 project). Our participation in these activities allows us to broaden the opportunities for children and staff through whole school collaborative work with other partner schools & educational institutions in the European Union (EU).
The international dimension at St Vincent’s aspires to give all children a chance to engage in enrichment and curriculum activities that will allow children to explore their world on a local, national and international level to establish competence in meaningful contexts, develop confidence, better communication skills and a real understanding of our interdependence and of people’s everyday lives. We do this through our Project Based Learning (PBL), where children will learn about global issues, children’s critical thinking and understanding of issues are developed so they can have a deeper understanding of the world they are growing up in and will one day work in, including environmental issues, PSHE, learning about other faiths, cultures, traditions and how the lives of children are different/similar all over the world.
As a school we provide a range of learning opportunities in which children learn of the world around them. It is our duty to ensure that our children develop a greater understanding of the world, its people and their cultures, and how to communicate, as they grow up in a world where more and more come together from every nation to work around ‘one table’. We work closely with our PTA, local community, Parish communities, school partnerships and the Diocese of Westminster, amongst others, which has had the added benefit of demonstrating how local and global issues are interconnected and can be addressed, discussed and resolved successfully together.