With Cultural Producers in place and athlete mentors assigned, the Commonwealth Connections project feels well and truly underway. From Pakistani inspired Jingle Trucks to inspirational assemblies from Commonwealth Games gold medallists it’s been an exciting few months for our 10 West Midlands Clusters and their paired Commonwealth Countries.
Commonwealth Connections is a joint project from the British Council and Birmingham Education Partnership with Birmingham Arts School and the Youth Sport Trust leading the Art and Sport elements.
The 7th of December was an opportunity for us to see our Coventry Cluster in action at their Changemaker Cluster event hosted at Finham Park 2- a day filled with energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Cluster lead changemakers from Earsldon Primary school worked hard alongside Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors, Gymnast Steven Frew and Paralympian swimmer Liz Johnson to support and train the changemakers from Riverbank Academy, Corpus Christi Primary School, Finham Park 2, Moseley Primary School and Coundon Court Secondary.
The day wasn’t limited to sports with an opening statement from the Lord Mayor of Coventry Andy McNicholas and a video welcome from students in Coventry’s partnered Zambian Schools, Arts and Cultural workshops for students provided by representatives from the Zambian Community and Arts Company, Handsprung.
Over the coming months watch this space to see what is happening in Birmingham and beyond, as we look forward to sharing more inspirational stories of sporting resilience, artistic flair as the journey towards the final celebration progresses!
For those Schools who would like to bring some of the Commonwealth spirit into their classrooms the British Council has provided a resource which has been designed to celebrate the Commonwealth 2022 Games, containing a series of learning activities and supporting resources that teachers can use to raise awareness of the Commonwealth and its values. https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/commonwealth-connections