Two Globeducate schools have entered the 2022 International School Awards, hosted by ISC Research based in Oxford. The awards celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership and other strategic initiatives at international schools. They provide the opportunity for international schools to share best practice, creative endeavours, community participation, and innovation.
The awards have become an established and much anticipated feature of the international school calendar. We wish our two schools entering the very best of luck, with shortlisted schools to be announced on 17th November.
This year, Ágora International School Madrid and Ágora International School Barcelona entered the awards with strong evidence for the categories of Community Building and Innovation and Creativity in Learning. All awards will be judged by 12 experts from the international schools sector.
Gerard Valls, Headmaster of Agora International School Barcelona, said: “We didn´t hesitate to enter the category for Community Building – we had a unique story with our student Alexandra who has Hutchinson Gilford Syndrome – Childhood Progeria. Working with the family and the school community, as well as Globeducate schools in Spain, we have built a strong community project based on the values of inclusive education. It has been truly remarkable, the response to both Alexandra´s book we published and to the campaign and awareness. We hope that this project impresses the judges but we are also proud anyway, knowing that we have genuinely developed a community and a lasting impact. Thank you to all of those involved in working with Alexandra on this, and for compiling our award entry.”
Gerard O´Donnell, Head of School of Agora International School Madrid, said: “We launched a very exciting Performing Arts focus within our Primary Curriculum, to complement our IB Diploma level work in this area, and it has proven very popular and successful. Because our programme is unique in Spain, led by renowned dance figure Victor Ullate Roche, we felt it was a fantastic example of innovation and creativity in learning. Our families are delighted with this programme and recognise the benefits this opportunity has on lateral thinking, problem solving, group work and the development of soft skills – the ingredients for true innovation. I wish our team success in the awards this year.”
We wish both of these innovative schools great success in these awards and congratulate them on these initiatives.