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Schoolympics!

By School Links

Nothing brings people together quite like sport, and nothing brings people together from all over the world quite like the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was in fact the inspiration of the London 2012 games that encouraged Tannery Drift School to seek out links abroad, and through Link Ethiopia, it is now linked with Salem Elementary School in the Gondar Region. Now whilst the ‘Schoolympics’ didn’t quite gather people from all over the world, it did bring children in years…

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Queniborough Primary School and Yekatit 23 School Link Update

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It’s been a successful year of school linking between Queniborough Primary School in Leicestershire and Yekatit 23 School in Bahir Dar. Alongside the usual school linking activities Queniborough and Yekatit 23 have been developing their link through a combination of visits and fundraising. Abundeje Belay arrived on the 27th June for a week-long visit, this being her second visit to Queniborough and stayed with Joy Hardy and her family. Abundeje was an extremely helpful addition to the staff team all…

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Priory School welcomes Kedir & brings Ethiopia to Lewes

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After hosting the lovely Christina Lynn in Bishoftu last year, it was now the turn for Ude School’s Link Coordiantor Kedir Tefera to visit Priory School. Kedir just spent a fantastic week in Lewes, presenting a project the two schools had been working on over the past year and visiting new places in and around East Sussex. Kedir was welcomed to Priory by an enthusiastic crowd of students eager to ask him questions about Ethiopia and their peers down at…

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Haile visits the UK

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Last month our team in London had the great pleasure of welcoming Haile, our Regional Manager for Southern Ethiopia. We were quite excited as he was the first member of our Southern Ethiopia team to visit the UK. During his three-weeks stay Haile embarked upon a mega tour of the country to visit some of our Link Schools and finally meet face to face all the amazing students and teachers that are part of our big network over here in…

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The International School Award

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Your school linking activities already put you in a great position The British Council support schools engaged in Global Learning in a variety of ways – from their Connecting Classrooms grant, to their Professional Development courses. The International School Award, a three-level accreditation, is designed with a framework intended to “help you to record and evaluate international work and embed it into the curriculum and whole school ethos“. Achieving the award has numerous benefits – it gives celebration and context to…

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Farmor’s School Visit to the Bahir Dar Zuria Academy

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Teachers from the Farmor’s School, Link Coordinator Karen & her colleague Sarah, had been so excited to finally be able to visit their link school in the Bahir Dar region. Through making use of the Connecting Classroom’s Grant, offered by the British Council, this was to become a reality. Despite having pre-trip nerves and being thoroughly exhausted from travelling, the group were made to feel very much at home by the students & staff at Bahir Dar Zuria Academy, their…

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Linton Park Visit to Enfraz Elementary

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After not venturing outside Europe for 50 years, Cindy, the Link Coordinator at Linton Park Primary School in Kent, alongside her colleague Nigel, had the opportunity to finally visit her link’s school, Enfraz Elementary in Gondar Zuria and to visit the northern part of the beautiful country of Ethiopia. This was made possible through our first discounted School Link’s Tour! Understandably nervous on arrival she soon discovered the wonders of this beautiful country; whether it was the fantastic places or…

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Schools Weekly Update Archive!

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We wanted to show off the archives of our brilliant weekly School Updates, which cover a range of fun and informative topics! They’re designed to enrich the linking experiences of our UK and international Link Schools and provide them with a regular means of communication with the Link Ethiopia team! We wanted to share our archive of Weekly Updates, as they’re a really fun and interesting way of getting an insight into our School Linking activities, and into all things…

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Hosting a teacher at Rushmere Hall Primary School

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Rushmere Hall Primary School recently hosted Mr Dawit, a teacher from their Ethiopian Link School, Times Choice Academy, and it couldn’t have gone better! After being welcomed to Rushmere with a welcoming ceremony, he spent the week meeting with the school Link Club & touring the school. He also met with the school Headteacher, and observed and participated in many lessons, telling Ethiopian folk tales and discussing Ethiopian culture. After taking part in a school trip, and a farewell ceremony,…

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Yeshialem visits Colegrave!

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Yeshialem, the Link at Derera Elementary in Ethiopia, recently spent a week at Colegrave Primary school where she became fully involved in an action packed week. This visit was funded by the British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant for reciprocal visits. The week started with a welcome ceremony where students at Colegrave dressed up in traditional Ethiopian clothing, attempted Ethiopian dancing and presented Yeshialem with flowers. The students took the lead in showing their visitor around their school and then the next…

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Halliford School: Visit to Edget Feleg Secondary

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Teachers from Halliford Secondary School in Middlesex recently completed an exciting trip to their link school, Edget Feleg Secondary School in Gondar, Northern Ethiopia. They visited their counterparts in preparation for a visit from students due to take place in 2013! They toured the school, met the teachers and pupils and begun to draft the educational activities and adventures that their students would enjoy when they make the trip to Gondar. They also toured the country, visiting some of the most interesting…

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Tannery Drift First School: Helpful Harvest!

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At one of our new linked schools,  Tannery Drift in Hertfordshire, they certainly wasted no time in making the most of the opportunities afforded by their link with Selam Elementary in Northern Ethiopia. After introducing the project to the pupils and parents at the school, a great fundraising and learning opportunity appeared – the annual Harvest Festival!         Utilising some of the  resources provided by Link Ethiopia to linked schools, the children and teachers at Tannery Drift compared and…

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Impington students’ first impressions of Bishoftu

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On Friday two members of staff and six students from Impington College, near Cambridge travelled to Ethiopia to spend a week with visiting their link school, Bishoftu Preparatory. A day into their trip we asked both the students and staff to share some of their thoughts about the visit so far, about why they went and what they thought of the experience. Below is a summary of some of their comments. Many of the students were motivated to visit by…

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Hill of Banchory visit to Bahir Dar Academy

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Last week Catherine Twomey of Hill of Banchory School visited her link school Bahir Dar Academy as part of a longer holiday to Ethiopia. She shared with us the following summary of her time at her link school and we thought you might also enjoy reading it: It was really good to visit Bahir Dar Academy ‘in the flesh’ and to see the school in operation on a normal working day. Hill of Banchory School had already received a disc of…

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Connecting Classrooms Reciprocal Visit Grant

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Thinking about visiting your school? Why not take advantage of the funding available from the Connecting Classrooms Reciprocal Visit Grant? This grant provides £1500 to both you and your link school (total £3000) to enable you to visit each other. The application form and further guidance are available from the British Council Connecting Classroom’s funding page. Click here for further details. Link Ethiopia are able to offer support in completing the application form (as well as ongoing support organising the…

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