This week St Gregory’s hosted students and teachers from Germany, Norway and Finland for the Erasmus+ Conference to mark the start of a two year collaborative project on the topic of Sports and Healthy Lifestyles.

Sixteen Year 8 students participated in a fun packed week-long programme of activities with the visiting European students, also welcoming them into their homes as homestay guests for the duration of the week.

Students learnt about healthy eating and different sports, and considered how to improve their lifestyles by setting goals, such as specific ways to improve their diet, fitness and to become more active. This included an interesting and interactive healthy foods workshop by Sodexo, who actively manage Saint Gregory’s Healthy Eating School Policy, as well as a sports talk by Team Bath Athletics. Students also participated in a variety of sports workshops at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village, and also enjoyed a visit to a trampoline park.

The group were welcomed to the city of Bath by the Mayor during a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour at the Guildhall. Students also benefited from the rich cultural and historic aspects of the city during a walking tour of the major sites such as the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge and the Weir, as well as a visit to the Roman Baths.

A tournament of a newly devised sports game ‘St Gregs Ball’, was held at the end of the week and a trophy awarded to the best ‘Fair Play’ team. The week culminated with a celebration evening for all the students and their homestay families as a fitting end to a fantastic week.

This Erasmus+ Conference, is an appropriate way for Saint Gregory’s to mark the British Council’s International Education Week 13 – 17 November 2017, providing opportunity to celebrate international education, languages and global work in schools.

Global communication and language learning are more important than ever. Familiarity with other cultures and modern foreign languages skills are an essential part of preparing young people to work in an increasingly globalised economy. Saint Gregory’s has a sustained commitment to international education, recognised by the achievement of the British Council’s full International School Award 2017 – 2020. Erasmus+ projects are a part of the schools’ many and varied international links.

You can read the full story of the weeks’ exciting events on the project website – see link

Miss D Medcroft
International Co-ordinator