Pupils and staff at the College are celebrating after recently being awarded the prestigious International School Award for the third time by the British Council. The award recognises the international ethos of our school curriculum and the significant opportunities provided for young people to engage with others from across the world.
In order to achieve the award the College had to demonstrate evidence through a range of activities to show how the school promotes international awareness and cultural understanding in each year group. Many departments, pupils and staff were involved in the project, not only from Carrickfergus College but also from our partner schools across the globe.
The awarding panel were very impressed with the opportunities that pupils have at the College to take part in international activities and engage with other young people from Europe and beyond. These activities included –
- European Studies which includes links to 11 schools across Europe
- Mock Council of Europe
- Confucius Classroom Project and Mandarin language classes
- History and Travel and Tourism study visits to Poland and Crete
- Comenius Project with partner schools in Germany and Holland
- Global citizenship projects in Learning for Life and Work and Citizenship
The school is now accredited with the International School Award until 2018.
However, the College is always keen to develop new links and opportunities for pupils and this year will begin a new two year Erasmus Plus project entitled ‘Europe in Love.’ The project will involve a partnership between Carrickfergus College and five other post-primary schools from Spain, Germany, Italy, Slovakia and Finland. We are also looking forward to our continued involvement in the Confucius Classroom Project, and will once again be hosting a Chinese Teaching assistant this year. These new projects will truly recognise the College as an International School!