Stevenage ESC receives prestigious eTwinning ‘Highly Commended’ at the national awards

 Art teacher Mrs Ford and students at Stevenage ESC have been celebrating after being awarded a “Highly Commended”  eTwinning National Award for their international project ‘Surreal Beginning’ at the 13th annual British Council eTwinning National Conference.

Teachers from across all four regions of the UK came together in Coventry from Friday 8 June until Sunday 10 June 2018 to celebrate the conference, which was themed in line with the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Delegates attended a series of cultural heritage themed professional development workshops, supported by a variety of experts, resources and technology, including immersive and virtual reality, British Film Institute and Shakespeare.

To secure the Award, Stevenage ESC worked in partnership with CBS de Rietzanger in Eelderwolder, Netherlands to create an outstanding project using digital collaborative tools. The project entailed conjuring up dreamlike imagery of traditional dishes from England and the Netherlands from subconscious using Salvador Dali’s Creative Thinking Technique.

eTwinning – the digital community for schools, involving over 500,000 teachers in 43 countries across Europe and beyond – is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and managed in the UK by the British Council. The National Award is issued to schools in recognition of outstanding work as part of their eTwinning partnership.

Mrs Ford, Art Leader at Stevenage ESC, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the eTwinning National award for our project. Everyone at Stevenage ESC has enjoyed working on our eTwinning project and to secure a prestigious eTwinning National Award is a real honour for the students and teachers who participated in the project. Our involvement in eTwinning projects has brought opportunities to enrich and enhance the learning and collaboration experience beyond the classroom walls to the students, teacher and our community.”