Thursday, 12 December 2013

Nelson Mandela Tribute 2013



On Thursday 12th December 2013 our students celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela by performing a tribute dance in morning assemblies. We hope you enjoy the show!

Nelson Mandela

1918 - 2013

View our dance video here

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Mock EU Council Event November 2013



The politics of the European Union were brought to life for students from Whitley Academy School on the 13th November when they took part in a Mock Council of the European Union.

Press release here

Official photos from event

Saturday, 19 October 2013

National Leaders of Education International Benchmarking Study Tour


Singapore and Australia
19th October – 2nd November 2013

As part of a group of 30 National Leaders of Education in the UK the Principal of Whitley Academy, Coventry, Lorraine Allen, took part in the International Benchmarking study tour to look at as many aspects of Education as possible, visit as many different schools of differing denominations as possible and speak with Ministers and State Officials of Australia and Singapore.  

The tour was a non-stop whirlwind of visits, discussions, reflections and reporting taking in 2 schools in Singapore and 8 in Australia and 3 discussion seminars with staff and Ministers in New  South Wales and Victoria, Australia. The school’s visited included:

  • Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore
  • St Theresa’s Convent School, Singapore
  • Wesley College, Melbourne
  • University High School, Melbourne
  • Frankston High School, Melbourne
  • Bendigo Senior College or Camp Hill Primary School, Melbourne
  • Moss Vale High, Sydney
  • Chevalier Catholic College, Sydney
  • Merrylands High School, Sydney
  • Northern Beaches Christian School, Sydney

They included independent, faith, primary and secondary schools and offered a whole range of teaching and learning methods, pedagogy and student perspectives.

The tour provided a fascinating and insight into how education is managed and the blog produced by kieranearley.co.uk, 1st November 2013 is a report collated from input and views from all of the National Leaders on the tour.

The trip provided a fantastic opportunity to visit 2 countries and the insight into their education systems was invaluable.  Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore are fantastic places to see and visit.   Please do read the summary blog for our reflections.

At Whitley there are many ideas, that the Principal has brought back that will improve the learning spaces and teaching strategies for all students.

A brilliant experience.

Mrs Allen

View our photos and more information here

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Background to LFA (Lessons from Auschwitz) programme





On Wednesday 12th June 2013, Miss Vickers & Mr Purslow had the privilege of visiting the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp near to Krakow in Poland; the site is synonymous with the many atrocities which took place there under Nazi persecution of multiple ethnic groups, of which the Jews were the main target of an attempted genocide during the second world war. 

The visit is organised annually for teachers to ‘experience’ the history of the site and to attempt an understanding of what took place there so that lessons can be taken away as to why it is so crucial that we teach our young children the spirit of acceptance, celebration not rejection of diversity and an understanding of those who may be different to you. Miss Vickers led the organisation of this visit as the school’s Citizenship coordinator, and liaised with the Holocaust Educational Trust to successfully secure two places for Whitley Academy staff to attend this emotional and humbling day. 

Mr Purslow & Miss Vickers will be leading on Holocaust awareness in the school through a variety of schemes; some of which are detailed here:

  • A programme of study focused on Holocaust awareness for Year 9 
  • Assemblies for whole school 
  • Whole school participation and acknowledgement of Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January annually 
Whilst the terrible events of these concentration camps cannot be changed, what can be affected is the way in which we move forward and develop as human beings; as the Rabbi who led a memorial service on Wednesday stated ‘To hate someone who is different to you is to hate yourself’; inscribed on one of the exhibits in the museum were the words ‘The one who does not remember History is bound to live through it again’. 

If any parent would like further information regarding this visit or the Academy’s commitment to the development of the Spiritual and Moral education of our students, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Vickers as the main link for Citizenship or Mr Purslow, Head of Languages and International Studies.

Websites 

Holocaust Educational Trust - http://www.het.org.uk/
Holocaust Memorial Day - http://www.hmd.org.uk/
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum - http://en.auschwitz.org/m/

View our photos here