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16:20 PM - 13 Dec 2017

Rehearsals are well under way for the Sixth Form Panto next week (oooh nooo they're not) (ooooh yes they are)!! https://t.co/D5DQWScNWo

14:28 PM - 8 Dec 2017

Well done to Y11 who have done the first two days of their GCSE mock exams!

22:08 PM - 3 Dec 2017

PRE visit: well done to Y10 who have been a delight to travel with this weekend. They have worked hard, listened, learnt and seen for themselves evidence of horrific human acts. And now to bed!

22:05 PM - 3 Dec 2017

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Will never forget meeting an Auschwitz survivor. Will never forget the tattoo on her arm or her story

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10:47 AM - 3 Dec 2017

PRE visit: excellent exhibition at the Galicia Jewish museum followed by student workshops and a meeting with an Auschwitz survivor, a former child prisoner who was a subject of Dr Mengele's experiments, who told us about her story and showed us her number tattoo. Very moving. https://t.co/ZwCqYSY32K

06:23 AM - 3 Dec 2017

Retweeted From Sue Davison

This will be one of the most memorable school trips Hinchley Wood students will make in their school years.

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21:31 PM - 2 Dec 2017

PRE visit: back at the hotel after nearly 16 hours out. Mr B's gadget says we have walked 11.1 miles, Mr C's says 11km. In any case it's been a good but hard day. Very moving visit to Auschwitz this morning, students laid candles and had a moment of reflection at the memorials. https://t.co/2Xav3CzUZ0

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12:30 PM - 2 Dec 2017

PRE visit: moving visit and moment of reflection at Birkenau. Now back to Krakow for a bit of down time before visiting Schindler's factory https://t.co/cGcSynGMDD

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07:46 AM - 2 Dec 2017

PRE visit: starting our tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau https://t.co/E3ipgiPAjF

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20:10 PM - 1 Dec 2017

Successful first day in Krakow for the PRE visit - walked at least six miles, had lush food and learnt lots. Hopefully an earlyish night before our visit to the Auschwitz museum tomorrow. https://t.co/TBAh1oojLu

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International Links

The school is committed to developing the ‘International Dimension’ across all subject areas and was awarded International Schools Award (ISA) for ‘outstanding development of the International Dimension within the school curriculum by the British Council.  We aim to:

  • encourage all curriculum areas to develop the international & global dimension at all Key Stages
  • create opportunities for pupils to visit other countries and learn about other cultures
  • welcome visitors from other countries into the school

In 2007 Hinchley Wood set up links with a school in Northern Uganda - the ‘Gulu Police P7 Primary School’, which has 2000 pupils aged from 5 to 12 years old.  In 2012, we developed links with a second much smaller primary school in a nearby rural area called ‘Mama Cave School’.

Over the past decade, we have received British Council funding for teachers from both countries to visit each other’s schools.  In 2012, two teachers and 20 students went on a World Challenge expedition to Uganda and spent a week at the school creating a new orchard, painting classrooms and helping to create a new library.  Our next ‘Uganda Challenge’ when we will take a group of students to work at Mama Cave School is planned for 2019.

Over the years, Hinchley Wood students have organised many events in aid of the Ugandan schools, raising thousands of pounds.  The donations have enabled Gulu Police P7 Primary School to buy items such as a new photocopier, musical instruments, classroom chairs, books and equipment.   We have also been able to build and furnish a new computer room for the school, buy a new electricity generator and install an inverter that stores electricity and provides power when the local power supplies cut out.  In February 2016, further student fund raising enabled Police P7 Primary School to replace the original photocopier that was bought a few years ago which allows students at the school to sit regulat mock examinations ahead of their final leaving exams at the end of Year 7. 

Fund raising for Mama Cave School has enabled us to replace and repair much needed sewing machines and fund the training of local teachers to teach the students how to use them.  In February 2017, we provided the funds for Mama Cave to purchase their first computers for use by teachers in researching lessons and sharing ideas and resources with teachers in other local schools including Police P7 Primary School.  With other collaboration including letter writing and Skype conferencing, links between Hinchley Wood and Gulu continue to flourish.

In 2017, the focus of our fund raising will be to raise £6,500 to re-equip the ICT suite at Police P7 Primary School with a suite of 45 N-Computers and to encourage students, staff and members of the local Hinchley Wood community to fund the £10 per year it costs to sponsor a child for a year of primary education.  With government funding providing just £2 per year, local families are asked to pay for each child in school – something the poorest families struggle to do.  Our aim is to raise sufficient funds to enable 100 of the poorest children in Gulu District to receive the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that come through a primary education. 

We organise and run a whole host of trips that have an international dimension and expose out pupils to different cultures.  The school regularly hosts visiting students from schools in South East Asia.  In 2016, students from the National Chungli Senior High School in Taiwan spent two weeks shadowing our Year 10 students in school. The visitors were in the UK to improve their English and learn about life in a British school.

The great successes of our international projects still only make up a small part of the wide variety of opportunities on offer at Hinchley Wood.  We continually look for ways to offer our pupils as many enriching experiences as possible in order to fully engage them with the world around us. Most of all, we want to develop well-rounded, life-long learners and recognise that the best way to do this is to offer a multitude of ways to enrich the curriculum.