Friday, 1 October 2010


Debbie Hawkins, Community Co-ordinator at Cookridge Primary School sent me this bit of brilliant news...

"Dear Chris, Jo Speak, teacher and International Co-ordinator at Cookridge Primary School, Leeds has won the Link2learn International Co-ordinator of the Year. The award is to celebrate excellence and innovation in international schools partnerships. It is organised by the British Council and supported by HSBC Global Education Trust. Mrs Speak, since arriving at Cookridge Primary school some 3 years ago, has worked tirelessly to create strong links with schools in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Paraguay and Spain with staff members throughout the school exchanging visits with the link schools. Cookridge Primary School has been awarded £2,500 and Mrs Speak will use the award to now invite children from Cookridge's partner schools to join in a conference on global issues. Thank you, Debbie."

Jo Speak is a brilliant colleague who worked as part of the International Relations Team in Leeds City Council before she joined Cookridge Primary School. Her passion, enthusiasm, commitment and hard work shines through everything she does and I am delighted that she has received this fantastic award which is well-deserved.

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