There is a strong tradition of educational international exchange at Hutchesons’, and the expansion in this area in recent years is due in part to the Comenius programme, started in 2009 with the award of special funding from the EU.
For the following two years Hutchesons' was deeply committed to leading a ground breaking collaboration with schools from Nurnberg, Bavaria and Radomsko, Poland.
The Comenius programme, now superseded by Erasmus+, was a Europe-wide initiative to encourage schools to share ideas and develop an awareness of the diversity of European culture and society.
Colleagues from Hans Sachs Gymnasium, Nurnberg and The I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace, Radomsko, Poland met with staff from Hutchesons' Grammar to discuss their project based on urban design and creativity. Taking the motto 'Think Global, Act Local,' colleagues and pupils from partner schools worked collaboratively to record and interpret examples of urban restoration and renewal.
Pupils and staff from all three schools collaborated on joint assignments, such as photo-shoots, an art exchange visit, a filmmaking challenge in Germany, writing and blogging, as well as taking part in community initiatives, for example joining a 100-strong workforce who successfully planted 15,000 Scots Pine, Larch and Silver Birch trees in Poland.
Although the Comenius project officially came to an end in June 2011, the resulting legacy of mutual cultural exchange and global co-operation forms a key part of Hutchesons’ international education strategy and has developed many of our current international partnerships.