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BBC World Class - Twin for 2012



Schools Spotlight on Team Jehue Gordon

In the Spotlight this week are the schools in Trinidad and Tobago attended by national 400 metre hurdling champion Jehue Gordon and their UK partner schools in the West Midlands.


Ahead of the Cricket World Cup clash between England and the West Indies, pupils at Perry Wood Primary were finding out about their Trinidadian counterparts.

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British pupils find out about school life in the Caribbean

Perry Wood Primary in Worcester is twinning with Maraval R.C Primary in Trinidad.

Sandwell Academy in West Bromwich is twinning with Belmont Boys Secondary School in Port of Spain.

PERRY WOOD PRIMARY, WORCESTER

Marcus Eden, teacher, Perry Wood Primary

Pupils from Perrywood Primary play cricket
Marcus Eden leads an impromptu game of cricket at breaktime

The link with Maraval R.C Primary school is really starting to develop. We're looking to create a partnership which will go on for five or six years, which our children will benefit from in terms of learning about letter writing, cultural awareness, and generally finding out about a different place.

We're hoping to have video conferences, develop common bonds and create a really strong link between the schools so we can help each other - not just academically, but through creating awareness in the children.

The project is helping our children to develop awareness of what's out there. Our children come from backgrounds where they haven't necessarily been out of the immediate area and this gives them the opportunity to find out about other places, societies and other ways of life.

I would say to other schools: do something similar, it has a really positive effect.

Kay Butler, Deputy Headteacher, Perry Wood Primary

The visit of Mecrena from Maraval R.C. Primary school was brilliant. There was such a buzz in the school. For our children, who don't have much of an idea about localities, to find out about this place somewhere completely different was great, and stimulated a lot of enthusiasm, not only in geography, but in PE.

We're in the early stages but even having someone from another school, another culture, was fun for the teachers as well.

The World Class scheme has raised the bar for the children. Having the link with a real Olympic athlete has given the children the drive and enthusiasm to think - anyone can do that. If you're good at something, you can have a go. Even just focussing on the infrastructure, what's needed to build these stadiums and what you need to be able to do that - they understand that everybody has a contribution to make.

MARAVAL R.C. SCHOOL, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Mercrena Felix-Letren, teacher, Maraval R.C. Primary

Mercrena Felix-Letren
The teachers were excited about getting the children involved and teaching them fun things about different countries
Mecrena Felix Letren

When I went to Perry Wood I got a lot more than I expected - I got to see how the school was functioning, the classrooms, the equipment, the books that they have. They impressed me quite a bit.

The staff were very excited when I came back, they had too many questions and I had a lot of pictures to show them! They were interested to know how it could have a positive impact on our school, internationally as well, because the children often don't learn enough about the world. They were excited about getting the children involved and teaching them fun things about different countries.

We had a headpiece-making competition for the Carnival, and all the headpieces were related to countries from World Olympic Dreams - the children were all really excited about doing it.

Maraval Primary pupils play cricket
Pupils at Maraval Primary in Trinidad enjoy their own game of cricket

BELMONT BOYS SECONDARY SCHOOL, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Lucia Raes, Headteacher

The partnership is working very well because Miss Innis, our Global School Partnership Coordinator, has been working very hard and Sandwell Academy is a wonderful school for us to work with. We can see and take a lot of things from them. They have a lot of technology that we can get ideas from and it's helped us to see how well we are doing with the limited facilities we have.

The pupils are feeling important having the BBC's presence at the school, and after seeing a video of Sandwell Academy, they all tell us they want to visit England! It has set up a dream to achieve one day, and we keep telling them this is something you cannot just get up and get, it's a dream they have to work towards, so for them it's creating dreams.

The teachers have also jumped on board. We have about 6 or 7 teachers working on different aspects of the partnership.

Jehue Gordon with hil previous headteacher
Headteacher Lucia Raes invited Jehue Gordon to start the school's 5k run

SANDWELL ACADEMY, SANDWELL, WEST BROMWICH

BBC World Class are preparing to visit Sandwell Academy for a specially organised run. There will also be a dance presentation with lots of Caribbean inspired music.

After the run, some pupils and teachers are hoping to make a video conference call to Belmont Boys Secondary School. Keep checking back to find out what happened.




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