International Festival 2021
JDO Foundation Global Collaboration Project
Since 2016, St. Peter's has been involved with the JDO Foundation Global Collaboration Program. The program pairs classrooms (students ages 8-14 years) from around the world to collaborate through the innovative and creative use of technology. The JDO Foundation's mission is, " enabling students to become accomplished, well-informed digital citizens... (And) to have these learning experiences transcend geographic, socioeconomic, and religious parameters."
JDO has classes from the following countries taking part; the UK, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Croatia, Macedonia, Poland, India, Brazil, Uganda, Greece and the USA.
Children in Year 4 and 5 have been partnered with children from the USA and Spain and have used their 1:1 technology to have regular communication with their international peers. The program has been extremely successful in developing children's technological understanding, knowledge of other cultures and ability to work collaboratively.
More information about JDO and the Global Collaboration Program can be found at: jdofoundation.org
International Student Visitors
Through our links with Kingston Study School, we are delighted to be able to host groups of primary aged students from the Far East at St Peter's.
In the summer of 2019, we hosted two groups in school. One group from Fengxian School in Shanghai, China and one from Hua Mao Foreign Language School in Ningbo, China.
While our visitors were with us, our children thought about the personal attribute of courage and how we might feel travelling to a country with different language, food and customs, so that we could make our guests feel welcome in our school.
During their time with us the students join our normal classes for a week and are paired up with a 'buddy'. The children always impress us by working and playing well together - proving that language really is no barrier to making friends. It is also lovely to see our visitors becoming more confident in speaking as the week goes on.
ISTE Denver, USA (2016) & ISTE Worldwide (2021)
In June 2016, Miss Scott and Mrs McDonnell travelled to Denver, USA to attend the annual ISTE conference on a bursary provided by the JDO Foundation.
ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education, a 'passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education'.
During their time there, they took part in training seminars, heard from world class speakers, tried out new technology and found out how technology from cloud based computing to augmented reality can support our children in school.
In June 2021 Miss Scott will return to ISTE as it is being held entirely online. She will be joined by Miss Joslin and Miss Moon and we look forward to seeing the innovations that they will bring back.