HISTORY OF OUR INTERNATIONAL LINK
ST. PETER’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL – GHANA & STUART ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL – UK
The Plymouth-Sekondi/Takaradi link (ie link between two cities Plymouth UK and Sekondi Takoradi Ghana) and it corresponding Stuart Road and St Peter’s link all started in 2003; about 12years ago.
In 2003, a team led by the then Metro Chief Executive-Hon Philip Kwesi Nkrumah visited Plymouth and saw that their geographical features and location looked like that of Sekondi/Takoradi (our twin city)
Details of Specific Features:
|West coast of Ghana, 4hours drive from Kotoka Int. Airport, Accra||South West of England 4-5hours drive from Heathrow Airport( London)|
|Population 250,000||Population 252000|
Time Zone same( because the Greenwich meridian passes through Accra and London)
2004 ( Jan 4th 2004)
A team from the UK visited our Schools and expressed interest in our schools for the purpose of developing friendship and running a common curricular project in future.
In 2005, partnership agreement were signed between the two cities- Plymouth city( UK) and Sekondi/Takoradi twin city( Ghana)
Reciprocal visit grant application also was submitted for consideration
Reciprocal visit grant was approved and released. This really helped the coordinators in the respective schools to travel and familiarize themselves with the School ,the Staff, Students and the Curriculum as well as teaching methodologies and style. The coordinators are required after any visit to submit a report to the British Council and their respective schools
Coordinator-Stuart Road-Mrs Donna Brigg visited St. Peter’s Int. Sch in 2006
Mrs Donna Brigg
The visit was the reciprocated by the Coordinators from three Southern Schools, Ketan Primary School, West Ridge Primary School and St. Peter’s Int. School . the Coordinator Mr Joseph Ghartey responded to the first visit.
Mr Joseph Ghartey
The link activities increased tremendously and another coordinator Mr. Seth Quansah
Mr. Quansah was appointed to help coordinate the activities of the upper primary and the JHS whiles Mr Joseph Ghartey concentrate with the activities of the lower Primary and the Preschool division
The two Coordinators were given the mandate by managemaent to plan the schools’ co- curricular activities on termly bases as follows:
TERM ONE SEPT-DEC TALENT SHOW
TERM TWO JAN-APRIL EXCURSION
TERM THREE MAY- AUG ST PETER’S DAY ( (Traditional Day)
The 10 member committee then implemented the plan of the coordinators and till date the plan runs with new things coming in accompanied with monitoring systems and structures.
Our international link status has brought lot of changes to the school. Curriculum changes (GES and British Curriculum), sharing of teaching and learning resources, upgrading of our football field ( Collaboration with RTD ), Volleyball Court, Basketball Pitch, Swimming pool and our recent Cambridge Education Program. Management had to expand, restructure and even put in place the things that the school lacks. The new flat screen computers, Science Laboratory resources, other co-curricular programs like culture of certain tribe were taught- ie the dance patterns of certain tribes and music for the purpose of teaching our british counterparts. Most Students at the Cambridge Department exhibit their swimming skills and Ballet ( Ballet dancers work with their bodies to perform the movements in a ballet ).
On academic work, proper structures were put in place. This resulted in comprehensive documentations of all records of students performance as well as entries of classwork and homework,project work, lab work and the Output of work per week concept.
Now, the school is gradually bridging the gap by introducing monitoring cameras, clocking machine and Teachers off day concept.
The Plymouth Sekondi/Takoradi link seeks to unite all individuals or group of people in various professional fields of endeavor
The website: www.plymouthghanalink.org/education has various professional links.
- THE EDUCATION SECTOR
- THE HEALTH SECTOR
Reciprocal visits continued from 2007-2010 where the school reached the completion point of the contract. The end of the contract in 2010 with our UK partners brought up another local idea (farming Project) under the leadership of an outstanding coordinator Edwin Ganza (West Ridge Coordinator)
St Peter’s Int. School begun to work with a cluster of schools (Ntaamakrom Model Primary School, Ketan Primary School, Westridge Primary School ) on a farming project and occasionally students were sent there to work with their colleagues from other schools on good farming practices including preparation of land and planting of crops. Ocassionally, students within the cluster schools were invited to participate in special occasions like St. Peter’s Day ( 30th June) and Musical Concert at Christmas.
As the farming project intensified, the Coordinator of St. Peter’s continued to work with the Coordinator in UK( Mrs. Donna Briggs) on the need to get another school to link up with as well as funding even though Mrs. Donna Briggs moved from Stuart Road Pri. School to Ernesettle Community School in Plymouth. Documentations on funding eventually became successfully in 2012 which moved our School from Global School Partnership Program to Connecting Classroom Program in 2012.
28th – 29th March 2012
In 2012 team from Denmark (20 students and 2 teachers) visited our School for the first time under the leadership of Tanja Olsen and Jean Vasthy. Another batch of students visited in 2013. The Denmark link for now has been silent because the coordinator moved to a different school. However, there is good communication between the Coordinators in Denmark and Ghana.
New Appointment ( 2013- date)
Mr. Henry Nuamah ( Southern Coordinator )
Projects from 2006-2010 ( Global School Partnership program)
( Connecting Classroom )
|Letter exchange and Emails||Culture ( Indigenous Music and Dance)||National Parks||How our garden grow|
|Exchange of Greeting Cards||Rhythm and Dance Patterns||Farming Project||Christmas around the World|
|Exchange of Artifacts||School Council|
Connecting Classroom Program (June 2012 – June 2015)
Understanding how another country’s education system works makes you better equipped to teach global issues. Watch our short film to see how UK and Nigerian teachers learn from their Connecting Classrooms experience.
Connecting Classrooms is designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy, and contribute responsibly both locally and globally.
Connecting Classroom Project themes
- Identity and Belonging
- Fairness and Equality
- Rights and Responsibility
- Sustainable Living
- Conflict Resolution
Focus on the School Council ( Student leadership)
The new Connecting Classrooms programme was officially launched by the British Council and the UK Department for International Development on 24 June 2015. Connecting Classroom Program (From June 2015-2018)
The new programme, running from 2015–2018, will build the capacity of 45,000 teachers and 12,000 school leaders worldwide to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:
- digital literacy
- critical thinking and problem solving
- creativity and imagination
- student leadership
- collaboration and communication
Connecting Classrooms will aim improving teaching techniques in both the UK and other countries in the following key areas:
- Professional development for teachers and school leaders in over 30 countries including the UK.
- Sustainable partnerships between schools in the UK and over 30 countries in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and South and East Asia.
- Professional dialogue opportunities for policy makers that will support national and regional level debate, reflection and action.
- Awards to schools who are successful in developing young people equipped with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalised economy.
- Online access to high quality resources to support teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes for young people.
The new offer builds upon the success of the first phase of Connecting Classrooms, which ran from June 2012 – June 2015, and focussed on building global awareness and cross-cultural learning amongst young people. The first phase of the programme enabled over 18,000 teachers around the world to benefit from professional development training, with over 70% of schools reporting improvements to global citizenship teaching practice as a result. https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/programmes-and-funding/linking-programmes-worldwide/connecting-classrooms