International School Status and Global Partnerships
Deptford Green has achieved British Council International School Status. This is largely because of our long standing Global Partnership.
Deptford Green’s Global School Partnership Programme with St Kizito School in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary and it continues to grow in both strength and breadth with shared curriculum projects in many subjects in both schools focussing on cultural understanding and global citizenship.
Exchange visits offer students and teachers the life-changing opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture and educational environment.
Recently the two schools have formed a trilateral partnership with Rainbow College in Lagos, Nigeria as part of Connecting Classrooms programme and we look forward to developing this link. See link below on the Connecting Classrooms British Council Grant.
The Youth Exchange aspect of the partnership, hugely successful since it began in 2006, enables young people from the two schools to visit one another on alternate years and has enriched the lives of all who have taken part. In May 2013 ten students and four teachers travelled to Uganda for two weeks as the first leg of the fourth exchange. In June 2014 the Ugandan students and staff will be returning and fundraising is currently taking place to enable that stay to be a great success.
The previous year, 2012 the visit by St Kizito students and teachers was arranged to coincide with the London Olympic Games in July and August 2012 and we were able to take students to see some of the Olympic events! That was the second leg of the third youth exchange under the auspices of The Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council.
Two former Deptford Green students completed volunteer placements in the St Kizito Community in August 2012 working at a HIV/AIDS project and in an orphanage. Similar work experience placements took place in 2013 for our sixth formers in 2013 as part of the Community Action Service element of the IB Diploma course. Seven sixth formers, and an accompanying teacher were sponsored by The Lord Mayor's Trust.
Fundraising is an on-going feature of the school community to enable students and teachers from both schools to benefit from the life changing exchange visits. If you would like to donate please contact Wendy Bisiker or Rebecca Cummings at the school. We are working on becoming a registered charity, meaning that UK tax payers will soon be able to donate via online sites and "Gift Aid" their donations.
“Global citizenship is possible only when we understand each other.”
Emmanuel Okiria, Project co-ordinator, St Kizito.
Global Partnership makes Front Page
We were delighted to find that the South London Press put our Connecting Classrooms event on the front page. Teachers visited from our sister schools in Nigeria and Uganda to continue. Oxfam is also involved in supporting the partnership which is now in its 10th year and we are currently a lead school for Oxfam Education. Click for the coverage and more details.
Connecting Classrooms Grant
We have been selected and awarded a grant to develop international links with Nigeria in a British Council initiative. Click here for details.
Global Partnership History
The history of our Global Partnership programme which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We were one of the first state schools nationwide to set up such an ambitious Global Exchange programme, winning the prestigious International School Award since 2009.
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DGI 6th Form students volunteered in Uganda for three weeks July-Aug 2013 as part of the IB Diploma CAS programme. See their views on the experience.
"Dare to be wise"
School motto at St. Kizito School, Bugolobi, Uganda