We are thrilled to welcome our new affiliated school all way from the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.
One of their teachers, Tim Mean was involved with I.M.P.S. when he taught in Oxfordshire and he was keen to transfer the programme for his students in the islands. He has sent us a update and some information about the islands.
“Here at the Infant and Junior School and Camp Education (IJS&CE) in the Falkland Islands we are very excited to be part of the I.M.P.S. overseas programme. The Falkland Islands is a British overseas territory some 8000 miles away from the United Kingdom.
The Falkland Islands is an interesting and unique place. A population of approximately 3500, from around 60 different nationalities. IJS&CE has around 300 pupils enrolled, including pupils who live in rural areas (referred to as Camp) of East and West Falklands. The main school site is in Stanley and there are, currently two satellite schools in Camp at Goose Green and Fox Bay. The Camp Schools have small numbers of pupils, between 4-6 and are from across the primary age range. Some places in Camp have travelling teachers for a set number of weeks per term, along with telephone lessons.
Being part of the I.M.P.S. programme will be really important for the safety and education of our pupils when they are out and about around Stanley or in Camp – they have lots of adventures and we really want to give them the tools to recognise possible dangers and to minimise risks to themselves and others, as well as educating them about what to do if things do go wrong.
Some of our staff are already familiar with the great work that I.M.P.S. do in the UK and are looking forward to embedding it as part of our curriculum going forward. Our Year 5 pupils, have already had a session learning all about Dr ABC and how to put a causality in the recovery position. All of the pupils really enjoyed the session, but most importantly learnt a valuable life skill.”