BELLSHILL’S Cardinal Newman High School has scooped a national award for its innovative and creative approach to foreign language teaching.
The school’s ‘Newsmanserra’ initiative was named the best in Scotland at an awards ceremony held at the British Academy’s London headquarters.
It was chosen to receive a trophy and prize of £4,000 in recognition of activities organised in conjunction with its partner school IES Juniper Serra on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
Headteacher Isabelle Boyd said: “Our partner school is a large secondary school on the outskirts of Palma de Mallorca, which also provides nationally recognised professional hospitality training for students.
“A whole host of joint partnership activities took place, including students and staff cooking their favourite Scottish and Spanish dishes and reproducing these in magnificent colour in our successful recipe book ‘From Pies to Paella.’
“Music students in both schools played regional music using instruments from both areas. These were then recorded professionally onto CD format with colour insets inspired by Scottish and Mallorca landscapes designed by art students from both schools.
“The schools held photographic exhibitions of contemporary and rural images by senior pupils and there was also the work experience programme for students in Spain and in Scotland which included working in some of the busiest restaurants and kitchens in Mallorca.”
A total of 15 winners were selected in a variety of categories from 159 schools across the UK and Mrs Boyd was accompanied at the ceremony by depute head Robert Smith, principal teacher of pupil support Lorraine Fagan and S5 pupils Luke McCabe and Jack Martin who were all actively involved in the partnership project.
Luke said: “It was an enjoyable day. The staff and pupils were able to share their ideas, memories and experiences of the project with the judges, visiting VIPs and the other prize winners.”