Highfields takes part in the World’s Biggest Assembly

Today Highfields School in Matlock, part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, took part in Commonwealth Class’s World’s Biggest Assembly, to celebrate Commonwealth Day and mark the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

commonwealth day assembly Mon 10 MarchHighfields is one of only 15 schools in the UK chosen to take part in the worldwide Commonwealth Class project, a collaboration between the BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Schools worldwide are trying to make the World’s Biggest Assembly happen by starting their school days across the time zones with assemblies. Each school will be celebrating the values and connections of the Commonwealth’s diverse global family.

commonwealth class Aqua HouseCommonwealth Class enables Highfields students to 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, with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience of the Commonwealth family.

Highfields Yr 11 Commonwealth Project Class RDSSPJayne Allen, School Sport Coordinator at Highfields in the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, said:  “We took the theme of our athlete mentor Paralympic Swimmer Suzie Rodgers so it was very appropriate that today’s assembly was Aqua House.  The focus of the day is the spirit of friendship and common purpose.”

Jayne Allen added:  “Year 11 students Oli Walden and Anabelle MacGregor, who are team captains for this Commonwealth Class project, have already headed up two tasks for the school and we’re now on a cross curricular theme about food with the students preparing and cooking dishes with a story theme about our country like porridge and Goldilocks and the three bears!”

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Press release 10 March 2014
For more information about Commonwealth Class, please contact Jayne Allen on 07734 600712

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

•    Commonwealth Class is a special initiative that provides teaching resources and interactive activities for schools to mark the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It celebrates the values of the Commonwealth and connects its schools and young people to learn together about how to be active, responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family.
•    Commonwealth Class is a dynamic, exciting resource for schools who want to teach young people about Commonwealth values like rights and responsibilities, protecting the environment, what makes life healthy and free of poverty, and respect for other people.

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