Thornhill's French Department receives a prestigious eTwinning Quality Label
To secure the Quality Label pupils studying French, led by Miss Montgomery, worked in partnership with S.Colonna Secondary School in Italy and with 16 other schools from across Europe to create a highly recognised project entitled ‘Teddy’s Tour of Christmas in Europe’ using digital collaborative tools.
The project entailed investigating and learning about Christmas traditions in countries across Europe. Activities were carried out in a variety of languages including French, Spanish and Irish as well as the language of participating partner schools; Italian, Portuguese, German, Latvian, Croatian, etc.
eTwinning, the digital community for schools over 300,000 teachers in 43 countries across Europe and beyond, is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and managed in the UK by the British Council. The National Quality Label is issued to schools that produce outstanding work as part of their eTwinning partnership.
Miss Montgomery said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the eTwinning National Quality Label. Everyone at Thornhill has enjoyed working with all our partner schools on ‘Teddy’s Tour of Christmas in Europe’. To secure the National Quality Label is a real honour for the students and teachers who participated in the project. The eTwinning project has allowed us to enrich the learning and motivation of pupils and staff. Students have been able to communicate directly with students across Europe and see the benefit of using their newly acquired language skills for ‘real’ reasons, finding out about ‘real’ people!
Ruth Sinclair-Jones, UK National Agency Director for Erasmus+ and eTwinning, British Council, said:
“We have a responsibility to prepare young people for life and work in our global society. Participation in eTwinning has enabled young people to connect with others across Europe, share ideas across borders and develop as global citizens.”