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Attleborough school wins EU funds

PUBLISHED: 08:08 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 14 July 2010

Attleborough High School is celebrating a prestigious European Union award to help fund a two-year modern languages project involving two other schools in Germany and France.

Attleborough High School is celebrating a prestigious European Union award to help fund a two-year modern languages project involving two other schools in Germany and France.

It successfully bid to set up the Commenius Project and has been awarded 22,000 Euros towards the cost of materials, organisation and student travel.

The project is aimed at enhancing a European link between Attleborough High, the Eichendorff Gymnasium, Koblenz, Germany, and College Paul Langevin, in Fourchambault, France. It will focus on the topic of water - from the confluence of the Rhine/Mosel rivers and the Loire/l'Allier au Bec to the Norfolk Broads.

“It is so exciting to be able to take some of our students to France and Germany without families having to worry about financial costs,” said Connie Wind-Avery, the high school's head of modern foreign languages.

“In addition, I hope that this project will further communication between subject teachers and our colleagues abroad to expand and share good teaching techniques and ideas.”

Attleborough high's award-winning 'Virtual Learning Environment', recently described by Ofsted as having an outstanding impact on the school's work, will enable the sharing of work in all major subjects between students in the three countries.

The youngsters will experience sharing stories, legends and music from their specific cultures, and compare geographical features of their countries, as well as enhancing their foreign language skills.

Deputy headteacher, Neil McShane said: “This is a leap forward in the school's language provision and the impact on students' learning will be significant. It is another example of the power of our virtual learning environment in enabling communication at both a school and global level. ”

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