In the Spotlight this week are the schools in Mongolia attended by boxer Badar Uugan Enkhbatyn, and their UK partner schools.
SCHOOL #79 (PRIMARY), MONGOLIA, IS TWINNING WITH EDLESBOROUGH SCHOOL, BUCKS
Rekha Slatter, Teacher, Edlesborough School
Pupils from Edelsborough School in a very unusual classroom for Mongolia Week
I would 100% recommend other schools to twin for 2012, we as a school and community have gained a lot from it.
It has helped to inspire our students and made them aware of the wider world. Currently all our class and head teacher assemblies are based on the Olympic and Paralympic values.
The most successful part of the partnership has been the visits from both of our partner schools. When Mr. Bold, the head teacher from the Mongolian school visited, the children were very keen to find out about life in Mongolia and his school.
Children constantly wanted to discuss what they had discovered about Mongolia, and we had lots of positive comments from the parents how their children were happy to do extra work at home researching Mongolia as well.
A similarity between the schools was the interest in English football teams - unfortunately Mr. Bold and his students all support Manchester United!
After the visit, we had a very successful themed week celebrating our Mongolian partnership. During this week the whole school immersed themselves in all things Mongolian. Amongst other things, the children cooked Mongolian food and spent some time in a yurt - you can see how we got on in the video above.
Students from Edlesborough with GB Wheelchair Basketball player Judith Hamer
In addition, The Park House School visited us back in March for the day, and we paid a visit to Stoke Mandeville stadium to train with the GB Sitting Volleyball team and get coaching from the Paralympic coaches.
The plan for the future is to hopefully invite Olympic and Paralympic athletes for some of our assemblies to inspire the children. We are going to continue to track Badar Uugan's progress and send him a plea to visit our school when he attends the London 2012 Games!
SCHOOL #79 (SECONDARY), MONGOLIA, IS TWINNING WITH PARK HOUSE SCHOOL, NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE
'Living the Values' - Olympic Dreams Ambassadors from both schools take a look at how the partnership has developed so far
Derek Peaple, Headteacher, Park House School
Our Olympic Dreams work so far has taken several forms.
Our students have produced a film, 'Living the Values', to capture what each of the Olympic and Paralympic Values means to young people in Britain and Mongolia. We've also engaged in several webcasts with our partner school.
Park House advertised their twinning activity in classrooms and corridors
The first of these took place in the fantastic setting of the Mongolian Embassy in London, in the presence of the Mongolian Ambassador, when a group of Park House students involved in the production of 'Living the Values' were privileged to be his guests for the afternoon.
Additionally, twenty students drawn from Years 7-11 have been producing a cross-curricular Mongolian Documentary to coincide with the Naadam Festival and the country's National Day celebrations.
The students have worked in vertical age group teams to each produce an 'episode' of the Documentary, which will be sent to School #79 for comment and review.
The student response has been amazing. Such was demand for involvement in the production of the documentary that there had to be a shortlisting process!
Park House's World Class display board, complete with traditional Mongolian attire
They have really embraced the partnership and are genuinely fascinated by Mongolian culture and lifestyle. Inspired by what they have seen and heard as part of the programme, the School Band has also learnt the Mongolian National Anthem and will be playing it as a special concert in Newbury!
To schools thinking of twinning, I'd say: get involved now! 2012 literally offers a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to form unique international partnerships around the Olympic and Paralympic values.
Partnering with another school around this very special focus provides insights and learning which cannot be replicated through more 'traditional' twinning schemes.
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