Liverpool primary school forms unique partnership with Ukrainian school

Many memories have been made this month with Eurovision being hosted in the UK for the first time in over 20 years. One Liverpool primary school formed a close bond with a school in Ukraine as they became ‘United by Music’.

Faith Primary Academy in Everton struck up a partnership with a school in Odesa, southwestern Ukraine, called Odessa Lyceum 117. As part of a project with the British Council, the schools collaborated through their love of music and developed a deeper understanding of one another’s cultures.

Over the past few weeks, the schools have been writing to one another and pupils have been sharing details about school life and projects they have been working on recently.

In addition to this, schools from across the city and Ukraine learnt a song called ‘Don’t Judge a Book’. On 12 May, schools came together and took part in a virtual sing-along at a special Eurovision-themed online concert.

The concert was presented in partnership with Resonate, the Music Education Hub for Liverpool and the Liverpool Philharmonic. By learning the song and exploring its themes of friendship, inclusion, diversity and community in partnership, Faith Primary Academy was able to learn more about the rich language, geography and culture of Odessa Lyceum 117.

Speaking about the project, headteacher of Faith Primary Academy, Miss Sarah Williams said: “Music is a huge part of school life here at Faith and we jumped at the chance to get involved in this once in a life-time project.

“Not only have our students been able to express themselves musically but they have also been able to communicate with a school in Ukraine and find out more about what a school in Europe is like.”

One pupil from Faith Primary Academy commented: “It has been really good getting to know children from Ukraine. They write to us English in and tell us about all the cool things they have been doing in school.”

Faith Primary Academy is proudly part of the All Saints Multi Academy Trust.

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