International School Award for Marshland

Poets from left: Mollie Toll, Juste Zaliskeviciute, Morgan Matschull and (front) Megan Locks, and (not shown) Rachel Simpson and Rosina Mason.''Marshland High School Comenius Project
Poets from left: Mollie Toll, Juste Zaliskeviciute, Morgan Matschull and (front) Megan Locks, and (not shown) Rachel Simpson and Rosina Mason.''Marshland High School Comenius Project

MARSHLAND High School in West Walton has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

Artists from left: Jasmine Towler, Rachel Simpson, Stephanie de Gaston, Rebecca Arlott, Emily Brown and (front) Ellie Mason.''Marshland High School Comenius Project

Artists from left: Jasmine Towler, Rachel Simpson, Stephanie de Gaston, Rebecca Arlott, Emily Brown and (front) Ellie Mason.''Marshland High School Comenius Project

Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

Lynis Lord, International Co-ordinator at Marshland, said: “This is a great achievement and we are extremely pleased that the efforts we have put into the International activities in the school have been recognised.

“We have links with schools in Germany, Holland, Norway, Spain, Italy and Sri Lanka, as well as other local schools in East Anglia.”

One of the Comenius Projects is an International Travelling Art and Poetry Exhibition which has been running for several years between Marshland High School, Bottisham Village college near Cambridge and Anna van Rijn College in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Each year the three schools discuss ideas for a scheme of work and agree an overall theme. The theme for the current exhibition is Water.

Students from Marshland High were taken to Curwin Print studios for the day and developed a series of experimental collograph and a selection of the work has been chosen for the exhibition.

The English department also explored the theme ‘Water’ as a stimulus for a piece of poetry with Years 9 and 7 and the six best pieces were chosen to accompany the artwork.