Our 'Citizens of the World' speak at ISA recognition event

You may remember that not long ago here at Oakwood, we were awarded the British Council's pretigious International School Award (ISA). 

Achieving the intermediate level ISA from the British Council earlier this year, our success seems never-ending, as the application for ISA full accreditation was achieved! 

Unfortunately as the ceremony was held in London, we were unable to attend the awards evening. But Mrs Speak, our Head of School had a bright idea, why not bring the awards to us! 

Knowing that fellow Leeds school Lawnswood had also recieved the award she got in touch with Leeds City Council, along with the British Council, and organised our very own recognition event at the Civic Hall. 

So on the 16th of January alongside Lawnswood students, 3 of our Global Committee members, Mae Turner, Isma Ali and James Sharpe, spoke at the Civic Hall in front of parents and carers, as well as one very special guest...the Lord Mayor. 

"It was scary, I didn't think I could do it, but I did! I'm very proud of myself"- Mae Turner

When writing their speeches the students were given the title "I am a Citizen of the World" and asked to write what they thought that meant. Mae's speech was inspired by a sign she had seen on a classroom door; "if someone is missing a smile, give them one of yours". This inspired her to think about the little things we can do to make the world a better place. 

Isma Ali managed the mammoth task of committing her speech to memory. Something made even more impressive as it is a full side of A4 paper (and a small font!). In her speech Isma told us how she helps other people, protects the environment and wants to treat every human being with the respect they deserve.  

"I am a world citizen because I respect everyone equally, it doesn't matter what your faith is, where you came from, whether you are a man or a woman, whatever your skin colour is. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, big or small, clever or a genius. I respect you all as a human being"- Isma Ali

It was amazing to see our students passionate about what we do here at Oakwood. It's a great driving force to continue bringing the world into the classroom, and fostering our global relationships. 

Watch this space: Isma, Mae and James were so amazing we are hoping to redo their speeches for all to see. In the coming weeks we will be uploading videos of the children performing their speeches.