Highfields Students Selected for Commonwealth Games Project

Highfields School in Matlock, part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, is one of only 15 schools in the UK chosen to take part in a worldwide Commonwealth Games project.

Highfields Yr 11 Commonwealth Project Class RDSSPA group of Year 11 GCSE students from Highfields will take part in weekly online debates and work on collaborative projects with nine other schools from Africa, Canada, the Indian subcontinent, and the Caribbean in the run up to Glasgow 2014 this summer.

They will also be mentored by British Paralympic swimmer, Susie Rodgers, who won three Bronze medals at her Olympic debut at London 2012.

The Commonwealth Class’ is a partnership between the BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat bringing together 15 British schools (of which 3 are in Derbyshire) with students from across the Commonwealth to learn how to make the most of their place in the Commonwealth and wider world.

The student’s first task is to upload facts and photos about Highfields to a shared space on the class website and a to create a presentation about a typical day at school.  The first online debate takes place on Thursday 27th February on the subject of school voice and councils.

School Year 11 ‘Voice of Sports’ Representatives Oli Walden and Anabelle MacGregor will be team captains for this project.  These students are also Silver ‘Young Ambassadors’ and have already been out into their local RDSSP primary schools leading Assemblies as have Gregor Brailsford, Chris Statham, Ashley Bartle and Zoe Amiss.

Jayne Allen-2Jayne Allen, School Sport Coordinator at Highfields in the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, said:  “I’m delighted to have been successful in becoming a Commonwealth Class school.  We will be linked to nine other Commonwealth schools from across the globe and we can’t wait to engage with each school and take up the challenges the project brings.”

“We’re also excited about being linked with Paralympic swimmer Susie Rodgers as she prepares for the Games.  This project will build on the amazing experience we had as a World Class Olympic Dream School in the run up to London 2012 when we were linked with Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm, who we still keep in touch with.”

Image caption: Year 11 Highfields Team (click here to download high resolution version).  Click here for more RDSSP photos for one-off editorial use).

Press release: Friday 31 January 2014
Contact: Lissa Cook, lissa@lissacookpr.co.uk or 07818 411 791 / 01663 751 126

Notes to Editors:

– Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership works closely with Infant, Primary, Secondary & Special schools to develop opportunities for high quality PE & sport in the Dales & Hope Valley.  Our aim is to support schools to deliver an inclusive and enjoyable PE curriculum which is enhanced with extra curricular opportunities to develop & extend skills & abilities through competition and sports festivals.

– More about The Commonwealth Class Project:  http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/projects-and-resources/commonwealth-class

Partner schools in Highfields’ Team:

•    Bangla Bazar Government High School, Bangladesh
•    SK Assunta, Malaysia
•    Olorunfemi Junior Grammar School, Nigeria
•    Khaldunia High School, Pakistan
•    Mountview High School, South Africa
•    National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Trinidad & Tabago
•    Sai International School, India
•    Christ Nagor Higher Secondary School, India
•    St Anthony Girls College, Sri Lanka
•    Bishop E.Q. Jennings School, Canada