Botanic Primary School is committed to international work and received the British Council International School Award in 2011, 2014, and most recently, 2017.
In recent years, we have work on collaborative exchanges with schools in Spain, Greece, England, Turkey, Poland, Italy and Nepal.
All children from Nursery - Primary 7 receive weekly French classes to build both language skills and knowledge of French culture and society.
Our 'International Award' is distributed on an annual basis to the Primary 7 pupil who has made the most significant contribution towards our international work throughout their school life.
We began the process of becoming an accredited School of Sanctuary during the 2020 - 2021 school year. School of Sanctuary is a growing network of more than 300 primary and secondary schools all committed to supporting the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome and inclusion whilst raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers, and all those who need a safe place.
P1 are learning about the weather. We sent emails to people around the world asking if they can tell us about the weather in their country. So far we have had emails from Sweden, France and India!
As part of the British Council 'Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning' program, we partnered with Gaindakot English School, Nepal. Together, our pupils worked on a collaborative project entitled 'Zero Waste,' which addresses Goal 13 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals i.e. 'Climate Change.' We were warmly welcomed by the staff and children of the school during our overseas visit to Nepal and loved hosting MS. Beena Koirala in Belfast.