Connecting Classrooms Live Launch

St Anselm’s College is partnering with schools in South Africa and India as part of the British Council Connecting Classrooms project. Joining other Edmund Rice Schools we will be looking at issues around waste and the environment.

This is our College contribution to the launch of the scheme.

Well done to Harvey and Tom; I am sure a future broadcasting career beckons!

Miss Baines


On Friday 26th February, Students, Staff, Christian brothers, and Edmund Rice leaders gathered from around the world to discuss the ever-growing important topic of climate change. The focus of the conference was ‘Waste’. Not only the distribution of waste but the recycling of unwanted empty products. We heard from schools all over the world, from England to China through to India. Some fantastic ideas were displayed including turning broken glasses into flowerpots and an unwanted newspaper into a vase. These are just a few of the ideas that were discussed. We also talked about teaching young children and teenagers the importance of Climate Change and how young people can change the dreadful course we as a global community are headed to. As you may not know, if we do not change our ways now then the worst impacts of climate change could be irreversible by 2030, So we need to act now. That is why this project was launched, called connecting classrooms. ‘Connecting classrooms’ is a scheme based on getting students from different schools around the world to come together and share their ideas on how we can reduce waste and how we can work together as a global community to reduce our emissions. 6 schools took part, and each was paired with another school from a different country. Every school had to produce a 5-10minute discussion to show off what their school has done so far and what they are looking forward to achieving in the future. This is just the beginning of an amazing project, one that could change the world for the BETTER!

Tom Jones & Harvey McGrath