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German Embassy invites FHS teacher to prestigious award ceremony

On Monday, 12 June, Fairfield High School (FHS) teacher, Sharon Barnes was invited to the prestigious 14th German Teacher Awards Ceremony (organised by the German Embassy) to recognise outstanding teachers of German in the UK. She received a ‘Special Mention’, which is a highly significant attribute for all of her hard work and dedication to the subject.

Sharon Barnes individual awardThe annual German Teacher Award and the ‘Sommerfest’ pay tribute to the work of German teachers across the UK and give guests the opportunity to network. Over 220 teachers and representatives from the education and language teaching sectors, business and media from all over the UK joined this year’s celebrations and followed the announcement of the 2017 winners.

Addressing the teachers in his welcome speech, Ambassador Peter Ammon said that “never before has your mission to teach languages as a gateway to another culture encouraging friendship, trust and understanding across borders been more important than today.” He was delighted to welcome renowned writer John le Carré as the keynote speaker for the event, who once more proved himself a staunch supporter of language learning as the key to understanding other cultures.
After the speeches, Ambassador Ammon and David Cornwell presented the 14th annual German Teacher Awards, recognising outstanding achievements by teachers of German in primary and secondary schools in the UK.
Sharon Barnes was thrilled to receive a “Special Mention” by the German Ambassador and comments:

“I was very pleased just to be nominated, therefore receiving the special mention award from the German Embassy was a great honour. I work hard to promote German and it’s a great feeling to see my students being very enthusiastic about the German language and culture. The fact that my work has also been valued by the Embassy is fantastic. I am grateful to work in a school where German is able to thrive. I am also thankful to have the support of Mr Lewis who gives me the freedom to offer extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop their German skills through projects in Germany. I have been quite taken aback by all the comments I have received from my colleagues, students and their parents, congratulating me on my award and I’d like to say a big “Thank You” to all of you.”

The German Teacher Award is jointly organised by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London, the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, the Goethe-Institut London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK German Connection, the Deutsche Schule London, the Departments for Education in England and Wales, the Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) and the Association for Language Learning.

Rowdeford Special School Considers Joining the Exceptional Excalibur Academies Trust

Rowdeford Special School in Devizes is currently exploring the possibility of joining Excalibur Academies Trust (EAT).

As an outstanding specialist school where developing students as human beings is paramount, Rowdeford sees the benefits of being part of an holistic all through educational experience with a multi academy trust that demonstrates outstanding progress and has values which place the student at the centre of everything.

EAT was set up in 2012 following a successful parent-led community project and at its heart is a family of schools working together to achieve excellence and empower individuality. St John’s Marlborough, which is an outstanding school, converted with some of its local primary schools and Fairfield High School in Bristol, one of the most oversubscribed schools in the city, joined in 2015. John O Gaunt Secondary School in Hungerford has been the latest member to join the trust; it was selected because of its strong community ethos and is rapidly improving.

Joining EAT would enable Rowdeford to keep its autonomy and individual nature whilst working in partnership with other schools in the trust to develop best practice and continuous improvement that will strengthen the school and create new and exciting possibilities for the whole EAT community.

Dr Patrick Hazlewood, CEO of Excalibur, said: “We are very excited about the possibility of Rowdeford joining the Trust. The expertise they offer will bring great strength to the other 8 academies in the Trust and our strong school improvement team. With our focus on ensuring that every student from the age of 4-18 receives an outstanding education, welcoming Rowdeford completes a full spectrum of educational provision that will enable us to serve our communities”

Ingrid Sidmouth, Headteacher of Rowdeford School, said, “In joining the Trust we will ensure that Rowdeford continues to be at the forefront of specialist education with improved opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of expertise and resources. It will enable us to provide excellent learning opportunities for every student in the Trust in our inspirational environments and continue to ensure that we develop core values, communication and independence, which are essential for life-long learning”.

BOOKS and biscuits are proving a popular combination for students in Hungerford.

John O’ Gaunt has launched a new inspirational book club called ‘Book Chat and Biscuits’, aimed at inspiring hundreds of students to further and wider reading.

JOG staff are passionate about getting students reading for fun and pleasure, with the pursuit helping in every single other subject at school and beyond.

Last summer English GCSE results at JOG were exceptional.

School Librarian Nicola Chester said:

“This new club is proving extremely popular. We bring students together to discuss books that they have read while they enjoy biscuits.

“In the last group they chose one line from the book and had discussions about the main characters.”

By Alex Nutley Aged 15

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