Matt Salusbury writes
The winners of the British International School Awards for ‘excellence in British schools overseas’ were announced at a ceremony in London in January, attended by the Gazette. The award-winning initiatives by British schools reflect the fact that these institutions don’t just serve expatriate communities – they increasingly cater for local families seeking a British curriculum education.
Doha College in Qatar took the International Impact Award for its thirty-strong Eco Club of students and teachers. The Club’s mission to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle into our community’ has made it the first school in the Middle East and North Africa region to receive Green Flag certification following ‘vigorous inspection’ by the Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education programme.
The British School Kathmandu (TBS) took British International School of the Year as well as Senior Leadership Team of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year. Principal John Moore thanked the British schools community for their generous and swift response to the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. Other British schools helped TBS to raise the £350,000 it collected in just a few months for its relief efforts. The Lifetime Award went to Simona Baciu, president of Transylvania College in Cluj, Romania, a high school and nursery school which has grown out of the small kindergarten Baciu founded back in 1993. New British School of the Year – for a school less than three years old – was won by Cranleigh Abu Dhabi.
Awards in other categories went to the British International School of Stavanger in Norway, the New Cairo British International School, Deira International School in Dubai and Dulwich College in Beijing, while King’s College Alicante in Spain took IT Initiative of the Year. The awards were organised by British International Schools magazine with support from ISC Research.
Best Bett For Tech
The Bett awards are for ed tech across all sectors, not just English language teaching and English medium education. While there isn’t a specific category for ELT products, suppliers in that sector have taken Bett awards in the past. At the nineteenth Bett awards ceremony in January at the Bett ed tech conference and exhibition in London, the prize in the International Digital Education Resource category went to Glasgow-based company Twig World’s Tigtag Clil. It took the award with its series of over 120 short films in simplified English on science and geography topics for primary school learners, developed by educators with an ESL background. These include different versions of the commentary at A2 and B1 level, backed up by audio and interactive content.
Picture: International School Award winners, British School Kathmandu, left principal John Moore and Gemma Caines Head of 6th Form