In a time when the future of the planet is front and foremost in all our minds, it was fitting that the International School of the Year 2020 was rightly awarded to St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School), Thailand for its incredible environmental initiative.
The school's 'Eco beasts' initiative is bringing about collective and sustainable change through action plans led by students that address a range of environmental challenges. Based on the success of the early initiative, the school now employs two environmental sustainability coordinators who, along with a dedicated website which provides downloadable resources, and a community action day, have supported the growth of this initiative beyond the school to now include 17 local schools and 14 local sustainability organisations.
Head of Key Stage Two at St Andrew's International School, Geoff Magee received the International School of the Year 2020 trophy from the Right Honourable Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth and Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global.
There was also much to celebrate for the 12 individual category winners, recognised for their achievements in a variety of areas:
- ACS International Schools Surrey, UK won the Digital Technology in Learning Award for a tech equipment sharing project with local schools, which includes student to teacher learning.
- British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey won the Ethical Values Education Award for an initiative that links ethical conduct with critical thinking and global citizenship.
- The British International School Abu Dhabi, UAE received the Community Award for a collaboration between students and Abu Dhabi University to redesign a local superblock with sustainable and community benefits.
- International Community School Amman, Jordan won the Inclusion Award for the development of a specialist-led inclusion team that provides modelling and mentoring to staff, and shares best practice in local centres.
- Qatar Academy for Science and Technology won the Teaching and Learning Award for a project-based learning framework supported by external partnerships in order to create and present solutions to real-life local and global issues.
- Atlanta International School, USA received the International Award for establishing the student-led #MyFreedomDay campaign which has been embraced by other schools and students to create a global movement that is challenging and raising awareness of human trafficking.
- New Cairo British International School, Egypt was presented with the Pastoral Award for a daily emoji check-in system for all children which includes an App that is accessible for other schools.
- Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea won the Award to Support Students as Future-Thinking Innovators. Its initiative involves remote collaboration between students in South Korea and its sister school in Canada to solve problems related to the environment and its social and economic impact.
- Nanjing International School, China won the Strategic Leadership Award for an initiative to transform learning and develop talent by focusing on strategy and embedding it around inclusion, creative thinking, and personal excellence.
- Raha International School, UAE was presented with the Award for the Best Initiative to Support Students' Pathways to Higher Education for a night school programme accessible for all secondary students and their parents, which provides information and resources on universities and their application procedures from over 40 countries.
- Dubai College, UAE won the School Wellbeing and Safeguarding Award for a research-led initiative which drew on best practice and expert advice to create a programme of positive psychology interventions for its students.
Many thanks to the team at ISC Research for organising for a superb evening. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.
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