Three members of staff from Isambard Community School have visited Swindon’s twin town of Salzgitter in Germany to plan an exciting exchange programme for pupils as part of a British Council funded Comenius project.
A grant of 22,000 Euros has been awarded to Isambard for the two year project which will help widen pupils’ cultural horizons.
Assistant head Kirsty Carter, one of the teachers who travelled to Germany, said “the exchange will involve between 15 and 20 Isambard pupils visiting the Dr Klaus Schmidt Hauptschule in Salzgitter for ten days in June 2012. The project will focus on local history and digital photography, and STEAM museum will be involved.
“Part of the project will be to design a bi-lingual website through which students can share information, photos and opinions, and which will provide Isambard with an excellent means of launching our German language provision.”
The exchange pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 have not yet been selected, and will be expected to submit a creative application demonstrating why they should be part of the programme.
Planning continues in March when German teachers visit Isambard, followed by the arrival of the Hauptschule pupils for ten days in October.
Pictured: Isambard teachers and German counterparts at the meeting to plan the twin town project, from left, Thomas Schmidt, Krissy Manton, Gunther Heimisch, Marc Fischer, James Turney and Miriam Qasen