Hockerill Anglo-European College students win British Council national award for 'super Euro heroes' eTwinning project with schools in Italy, Spain and Poland
Hockerill Anglo-European College has won a highly regarded British Council eTwinning National Award.
The digital community for schools in Europe operates in 44 countries to enable collaborative international classroom projects online.
The council's awards recognise outstanding international projects led by UK schools in the 2019-20 academic year.
To secure the award, Hockerill worked with schools in Terni in Italy, Vallada in Spain and Morawica in Poland to create an outstanding project using digital collaborative tools.
The project entailed studying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals then creating a collaborative eBook featuring The Four Elementals – super'euro'heroes created by the students – who each tackled one of the global goals.
eTwinning is run as an extra-curricular activity, forming part of the school library's Books & Biscuits Club programme. Year 7 and 8 students in the club worked with their European counterparts on a project called 'Super'euro'heroes to the Rescue'
Sarah Bruce, acting librarian at the Dunmow Road state secondary, said: "We're thrilled. To secure the award is a real honour for all the students and staff who took part.
"While sharing their ideas and working creatively with their European partners, this eTwinning project has enabled our students to apply many attributes of the IB learner profile to the tasks they undertook.
"At the same time, they have come to the realisation that no matter what their nationality, the pupils involved in the project all share common hopes and aspirations for a more sustainable future."
The judges said: "There is ample evidence of inspired and well-motivated students in all of the project partner schools. Great efforts were made to adapt this collaborative project to address the challenges of lockdown and commendable efforts were made to ensure the final products were completed. The final outcome was engaging and clearly involved all participants in the production. This interesting and current issues-focused project is highly commended."