Mobberley has always been a place with a spirit for adventure, for thinking globally and for pioneering new ideas in very different contexts. Nobody embodies these attributes more than our famous former resident, George Mallory and his family who have held a close connection to the school and church over many generations.
Today, we continue this tradition by enthusiastically pioneering the Global learning project. We feel it is central to our vision statement of ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors’ that we educate children to be culturally inquisitive, understand other contexts and celebrate difference.
This year, Mrs Millington and Mrs Franklin visited Nepal for a week and established (what we hope will be) a sustainable link with our partner school in Dhobighat. The teachers took with them a box full of items which gave a flavour of life in Mobberley. The children out there were very interested in our lessons and activities. The staff also brought home a box full of Nepalese items which each of our classes could explore and discuss. Children were able to link up with their fellow pupils through a skype call and both sets of children sang to each other. Two carefully planned enrichment days in July 18 ensured that all our pupils were able to gain a rich cultural experience of Nepalese traditional crafts as well as aspects of Nepalese sport, music, art and cookery.
Global Learning is emphasised across each year group with regular ‘Philosophy for Children’ reflection sessions and by building global issues into RE lessons as well as other curriculum study topics.
In May this year, we arranged for the visit of Mohammed, a Syrian refugee, to speak with all the K.S.2 children in an assembly and class workshops about his experiences in leaving his home of Aleppo and having to travel across the Mediterranean in extremely testing circumstances. This highly emotive and very moving story was highlighted by many pupils as one of the most significant moments of their studies this year.