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Thursday, 15 December 2016

An 'Eagle Huntress' documentary screening at Warwick Arts Centre




Written by Destiny of 7CLA

There's one more day to go before our Christmas break!

It was a mild morning, when 14 hardworking Year 7 and 8 students were chosen as a treat to watch the film ‘The Eagle Huntress’ at The Warwick Arts Centre. Mrs. Boyne led the way as the driver on the minibus, accompanied by Mrs. Nguyen at her side, with the students chattering in excitement in the back.

9:45am
We arrived and parked right outside the Warwick Arts Centre, and Mrs. Nguyen was not at all hesitant to take pictures of her crew. Then everyone bustled up the stairs and awed at the magnificent displays of winter hanging from the ceilings of the Warwick Arts Centre.

A member of staff from the Warwick Arts Centre introduced us and led everyone in to the cinema. We sat down for a few moments, but in all of the exhilaration, jumped back up again before the movie started, and explored the Centre surroundings. The campus was humungous, vast, and massive! 



Quickly, the team had returned, and eyes were now (finally) transfixed on the screen. The movie was beyond words, except, simply, amazing.

It was based on a true story, about a girl named Aishol-pan, a young 13 year old living with her Kazakh family. They lived in the mountains with a nomadic lifestyle and within harsh conditions. Her only dreams were to follow her father and her father's father’s footsteps to become an eagle hunter. The eagle-hunting is a tradition that has been handed down from fathers to sons for centuries.

An eagle hunter: the one and only thing that truly would make Aishol-pan happy. However, as mentioned above, it was not traditional for a young girl to become an eagle hunter. Many people disapproved of this, but she carried on with her father in hope. She captured her own eaglet, looked after it and trained it, and eventually competed with it.

In her first participation in the regional eagle-hunting competition, Aishol-pan and her eagle won. She then began to train in harsh conditions, where temperatures occasionally dropped to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. There, her young eagle caught its first fox, to make into some warm clothing. She was the first eagle-huntress winner in history. How amazing!

We all thoroughly enjoyed this visit, along with Miss Boyne and Miss. Nguyen.

Mrs. Nguyen stated, with tears in her eyes: ‘It was really good , I was born in a place like this where girls were only treated as 2nd class people.’

Ellis thought it ‘Amazing! Very interesting, I loved it.’

Ben’s verdict was: 'It was an exquisite film! Very thought-provoking!’

We realised how lucky we are to be born and brought up this way where all of us are encouraged to be the best we can be; regardless being boys or girls.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A look back at 2016






Whitley Academy has had an incredible year, and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on pupil successes, and the progress the school has made during the year. 

You can revisit some of our stories by clicking the links in blue below, or by viewing our full news page.
 

Most recently, Ofsted have published a report investigating the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.

In the course of their visits to 40 secondary schools, inspectors looked at how well schools and businesses were engaging with each other and how these schools were promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Whitley Academy was one of the 40 schools visited and praised in the report for their use of “the RSA’s Opening Minds competence framework as the main vehicle to cover enterprise capability and employability skills”.


On Monday 14th November, Mr Purslow and Mrs Nguyen collected the British Council's International School Award at a ceremony in London, on behalf of Whitley Academy. This is a very prestigious award which recognises our school's rich network of international partner schools, and there impact upon our students learning, confidence, and life experiences. 

On Friday 16th September, Whitley hosted the visit of Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) in a live BBC television event. This was an invaluable experience for our students, who were given the chance to observe the BBC live production team, work with BBC reporters and presenters, and quiz Mark Carney on issues impacting their families locally. 

During the summer, Whitley proudly celebrated the best GCSE results we have ever had at the school, with 77% of students achieving 'C' grades or higher in English and Maths, a rise of 19% since last year.

On September 23rd, Whitley Academy pupils set off for the town of Ypres, Belgium, to visit the site of the most intense and sustained battles of the First World War. This was an invaluable experience for our pupils, who were given the chance to visit the town's historical monuments, and the remnants of the Somme's trenches.

On June 6th 2016, sports teams from each of the RSA Academies visited Whitley to compete in the RSA Academies Sports Day. All four schools proved to be very competitive, with some very tight games and close calls to be made in a number of sporting contests. On the day it was close, but Whitley Academy managed to keep hold of the RSA Shied and were crowned overall winners on 186 points.

The Whitley Academy Year 11 Leavers' Prom is always a fantastic evening, and so it proved again during the summer. Everyone at Whitley Academy is proud of the ex-Year Group for the fantastic efforts the pupils put into their exams, and we hope you can all be happy with the grades you received this summer.   

Here's to an equally fantastic year next year!

Whitley hosts successful Christmas Fair




Written by Amy – Year 8 student reporter


One of the most festive times of the year is fast approaching. Whitley Academy has already started celebrating the special occasion of togetherness by hosting the Christmas Fair on the 5th December for students, their families and our primary school feeders’ families.

With a lot of reds and greens, the festive spirit was everywhere. At 5pm, the school canteen was full of people and children. Amongst the noises of people talking, you could hear children running around asking their family members to buy Christmas presents for them.



Many people were enjoying themselves, entering a tombola, playing guessing games, such as guessing how much the cakes weighed, and guessing how many sweets were in the jar. There were some craft activities and biscuit decorating. You could buy many Christmas hand-made cards (by our History teacher Miss Wright), books, biscuits, Christmas teddies, and little bags made out of old material.

There were songs playing throughout the evening. One of the songs that some parents, students, and teachers particularly liked was ‘Walking through the Air’ by Howard Blake; it was in the film ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs.



Another song playing was ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey.

It was held in the school canteen, as soon as you stepped outside there was a cold blast of wind! It was dark and cold outside. Younger siblings of students were playing outside in the cold icy wind with faint cracks on the nearly frozen lake.
 

There were some very helpful students who gave up their time to help show some of the people where to go and they manned the stalls for teachers.

Mrs Roberts stood by the door noting all the students’ names in case of a fire alarm at the end of the night. She must have been cold, but she kept smiling all night long. 


It was very full evening but also very fun. 


Written by Sam - Year 7 student reporter 




Last night at the wonderful event, Christmas at Whitley Academy, I ran a stall for Macmillan Cancer Support to offer a whole range of cakes. I decided to do this because Macmillan has helped millions of people worldwide every day.

I had an amazing night, everyone was jolly, laughing hysterically; and best of all, eating delicious cakes , and the most important thing, all enjoying themselves.




 At around 3:10pm, after school, myself and Miss Reynolds made our way down to the canteen to get the best table (in our opinion). As we did so, the time was ticking on and I was getting more nervous because I didn’t know if anyone would buy any cake and if I would even raise any money while doing so. 


Then I got a text from my Mum: "Outside with the cakes". Then my heart relaxed, I went out to get them and brought them in to set them up on our table.

It was 5 o’ clock. There they were, the first customers standing in front of me. They spoke, I answered. I gave them their change and their goods (my auntie’s home-made cakes). All customers were happy. FINALLY I felt relaxed.




6 o’clock! Everything had been sold and gone. We opened the tub. It’s on the table. We counted £70.00! 

I was so proud of not only me but everyone who had helped: my Mum, my Auntie, Miss Reynolds and my classmates. It was a fantastic night and I hope everyone enjoyed it and had a good time.




Monday, 5 December 2016

Post 16 student has interviews to study at Cambridge University



 
Whitley Academy would like to wish Martyna, a successful Post 16 student, all the best in her interviews at Cambridge University to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.

Good luck!

As part of my preparation for higher education in 2017, I have applied to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. I aspire to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as a Master of Science degree further in the future.
My career plans are not finalised, however I am interested in becoming a clinical or educational psychologist, or alternatively continue my studies to become an academic or researcher in a university. I am looking forward to attending Clare College for both of my interviews, and beginning the journey to undergraduate studies in Psychology at my chosen university in the near future.

– Martyna.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Whitley Academy features in Ofsted ‘Getting Ready for Work’ Report






Following Lord Young’s report in 2014, ‘Enterprise for all’, Ofsted have published a report investigating the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.

In the course of their visits to 40 secondary schools, inspectors looked at how well schools and businesses were engaging with each other and how these schools were promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Whitley Academy was one of the 40 schools visited and praised in the report for their use of “the RSA’s Opening Minds competence framework as the main vehicle to cover enterprise capability and employability skills”.


View Ofsted's report here.

Well done Whitley!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Whitley showcases 'outstanding' teaching practice to teachers from across Warwickshire





Written by Destiny-Alliah, Holly, and Sam - Year 7 student reporters

It was a gloomy, rainy day, on Thursday 10th November when, at Whitley Academy, the Partnership Plus teachers’ workshop took place. The workshop was to introduce over 50 teachers, from all over Coventry and Warwickshire, to 'outstanding' teaching practice, based around competences and growth mind-sets at Whitley Academy.

Our ambassador for this year was Miss Reynolds, who filmed a lesson with a group of her Year 7 pupils in advance of the session. She then played the footage to the visiting teachers, and talked about the lesson, speaking about objectives, and learning outcomes for the pupils.

The event has traditionally been very helpful for Newly Qualified Teachers, both at Whitley Academy, and from across Warwickshire.

“The event was a celebration of teacher collaboration; it was fantastic to see so many people together focused on improving outcomes for our learners through the excellent use of the RSA Opening Minds competences". - Mr Purslow, Director Of CPD and MFL at Whitley Academy.

Destiny, Holly, and Sam captured some thoughts from the teachers in attendance.





Mrs Nash, a visiting teacher, said, ‘I want to learn lots of information on how to inspire my students.’
 

Mrs Turner, a visiting teacher, said, ‘I want to share ideas and network with one another.’
 

Mrs Latue, a fellow teacher at Whitley Academy, said, ‘I want to gain ideas for competencies in the lessons I teach.’
 

Miss Reynolds, the host of the event, had the last word and said, ‘It's important to teach pupils to approach learning positively, to never give up, and to realise learning isn’t a straight line, and has ups and downs along the way'.
 













Monday, 7 November 2016

Year 7 student reporter works with BBC staff to report on Coventry City




Written by Holly, Year 7 student reporter

It was Tuesday 1st November 2016. Mrs Nguyen and Sam, our Year 7 student reporter, arrived at the Ricoh Arena at 5:30pm. There was to be a football match between Coventry City, the sky blues, against Chesterfield.

Outside the weather was very cold but dry. It’s November time after all. Mrs Nguyen said her knowledge of football wasn’t as knowledgeable as Albert Einstein’s! We laughed when we heard what she said.

However Mrs Nguyen and Sam were very excited to be able to watch the match sitting in the Ricoh Arena Press Box! At first we had no idea how the Press box would be! Later on we found out that in the Press Box there were many benches with internet and electric cables connected so that Journalists could report live to anywhere in the world!

As soon as they arrived, Sam started working with Martin – the Broadcast Journalist of BBC Coventry Warwickshire, and his team. Martin has been a Journalist for 17 years. Wow!





At 8:00 PM: the match started.

There were no goals in the first half. The first goal was scored at the 69th minute. The whole stadium became alive with many of the Sky Blue's fans responding wildly!

Then out of the blue, the second goal scored at the 80th minute. Mrs Nguyen and Sam shouted with joy. The weather was cold outside, but they felt warm inside. This was because Coventry had managed an important win.

At 10:30pm, Sam interviewed Sam Ricketts – the captain of the Sky Blues. It was nerve- racking. Sam managed to do his first ever interview with ONE take only! We felt very proud of Sam!


His interview with the Coventry City captain is now available here - https://www.facebook.com/bbccoventryandwarwickshire/videos/1219472758132360

That’s it for now, my first ever blog, thanks for reading!

By Holly –Year 7 student reporter.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Barclay's 'Life Skills' tuition popular with Year 9 pupils



On Thursday 13th October, Year 9 pupils took part in workshops delivered by a Barclay's 'Life Skills' team, focussing on overcoming challenges, body language, and behaviour for work. Our students made fantastic contributions to the workshop throughout the day, and the Barclay's facilitators were impressed with both their knowledge and maturity.

On Thursday 20th October, the 'Life Skills' team will be back to deliver a CV workshop to our Year 10 year group.

These sessions continue to be very valuable to our pupils and aim to give them the best preparation possible ahead of key decisions in Year 11.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Whitley pupils tour the battlefields of Ypres



Written By Melissa O’Brien (student reporter), Ms Wright and Ms Ward

Ypres, 23rd - 26th September 2016

It was quarter past four in the morning and twenty students were about to set off for Belgium. Everyone was tired and some quickly fell asleep as we set off. Three hours later we arrived at the Shuttle. When we were on the tunnel we were allowed to get off the coach and look through the windows. We arrived in France an hour and a half later but had only been travelling 30 minutes - the time zone had changed.

Essex farm was our first stop. The cemetery was fairly colourful, lime scale grave stones and red poppies glistened in the afternoon. Miss Wright (our resident cemetery expert!) told us to find a particular gravestone. The gravestone said V.J Sturdwick. He had lied about his age, joined the army and died aged at just 15 years old!



In the evening we walked into the city centre.  As I was walking I was taking photos of the amazing scenery! We were given time to explore the town square. Of course I went straight to the chocolate shop. The man in the shop noticed we were Whitley Academy students and we got a special offer!

At 8:00AM on Saturday we heard a loud knock at the door. It was Miss Ward who is very lively in the mornings and expected us to be too. At 8:30am we went down for breakfast and they had such a wide variety; pain au chocolat, fruit and much more. After breakfast we visited the Flanders Field Museum.  This gave us lots of background information into the different events that happened in Ypres during the First World War. The videos told us stories about people who participated in the war.



Our first stop of the afternoon was a cemetery. Miss Wright told us again to find a grave. This cemetery was full of soldiers but we were looking for Nelly Spindler. She was a staff nurse who was buried with the soldiers. We went on to Hill 60 where Mr Newel told us about a World War One memorial which had bullet holes in it as this area had experienced fighting during the Second World War too.

After this we went to the death cells where soldiers who had deserted the trenches were sentenced to death. We learnt how most of these soldiers would have been very ill from their experiences in the trenches and today would get hospital treatment instead.

In the evening we went into Ypres again. This time to the world famous Menin Gate as it began to darken. The gate was lit up and we observed the daily service that takes place to remember those who died. The service was 20 minutes of pure peace and remembrance. Each day they read out the name of one soldier who died. It will take 150 years for them to read out every soldier’s name.

On Sunday we went to visit the trenches in the Somme.  They were very interesting and we heard lots of stories about the events of July 1916. We visited the Newfoundland Memorial Park which is owned by Canada.  The Canadians had purchased the site so that it could be kept as a permanent memorial site and it is run by students who told us why the site is important.



At Newfoundland Memorial Park you can see both the British and the German trenches. In no man’s land between the lines of trenches you can see all the holes made by the shells.  We learnt that the British and German trenches were the same the only difference was that the Germans were deeper. This had advantages and disadvantages.

After lunch we went to Thiepval Memorial where wreaths of poppies are left by visitors. Each wreath had its own message.  On the memorial it lists the names of the over 70, 000 British soldiers who went missing during the war and have not yet been found.

In the evening we got the opportunity to see how army uniforms and army medical treatment has changed over the years.  Some of us got to dress up and pretend to be injured soldiers.  The teachers then surprised us with some drinks and snacks as a last night treat.

On Monday morning we visited the German cemeteries. Compared with the British cemeteries we had visited, they were dull and lifeless. It was interesting how they were just stone, all randomly cut up. They are not cared for as much as the British ones. It was ironic how we heard church bells, which broke up the deathly silence.



We visited one last British cemetery before heading home. This one was particularly special as it contains the soldiers from Coventry who died in the war. We found the grave that belongs to Anthony Ward. He used to live at 29 London Road, Coventry, not far from our school. We then began the 8 and a half hour journey home. However the traffic wasn’t bad and we arrived back at our school two hours early at 5:30 PM!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Year 7 enjoy Modern Foreign Languages Day



Written by Brandon Ash and Daizy Taroni – Year 8 

On Friday 26th September, Year 7 pupils were plunged into a mass tidal wave of European Languages. All students had a special assembly, absorbing pieces of new cultures into their brains and squeezing it out throughout the lessons.

The students explored the exciting world of languages, doing fun activities and co-operating very well with their new teachers.

Brandon and Daizy (student reporters) even got the chance to take some photos and go round to different classes to see what students were doing (it was really cool!). They felt special with a nice camera around their neck and a notepad to go around classrooms to take notes of the exciting activities in different rooms.

In some classrooms, students got together in small groups and questioned why learning a modern foreign language is important. It was so LOUD that you could imagine a thousand lions were kept in a massive cage and all were awake!!!

In other classes students did games, and quizzes on general knowledge of some European countries.

Some small groups were given specific time to go around the school looking for staff members with BIG badges. Their task was to look for information to fill in their worksheets as correctly and fast as they could. The groups with the most correct answers won the competition.

The day ended on a very high note with students’ happy faces. Everyone experienced a day meeting new faces and tasted exciting activities. It’s a day we will remember for a long while.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Whitley celebrates KS3 pupil successes



On Thursday 29th September, Whitley Academy enjoyed celebrating the success of current Year 8 and Year 9 students. Awards were given to students which reflected their academic progress, attitude to learning and resilience in subjects.

This year also saw awards given for student leadership skills, contributions to the RSA events, contribution to school life, and creative attributes. The staff at Whitley are very proud of the students and their success, and hope that this continues for the rest of the academic year.



Whitley Academy would also like to say a big thank you to parents who attended the event.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Blues festival of the year!


For the second year in a row, Whitley Academy students have participated in music workshops through the  Upton blues festival.  Professional blues musicians have come to the school to lead workshops and prepare the students for performances. Alongside students from the other RSA Academies' with the students actually performing this year on the main stage  of the festival. 

We are also excited to announce that, for the second year running, The Upton Blues Festival has been named Blues Festival of the year by the British Blues Awards. 

It must be that Whitley influence!

A student directed documentary of the blues project is coming soon!

For more information about the Blues Festival please click here
Our last Whitley news item with photos relating to this can be found here

Whitley pupils quiz Mark Carney in BBC live broadcast


On Friday 16th September, Whitley hosted the visit of Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) in a live BBC television event. This was an invaluable experience for our students, who were given the chance to observe the BBC live production team, work with BBC reporters and presenters, and quiz Mark Carney on issues impacting their families locally.


The Day the Governor Came to Whitley

Written by Duncan, Melissa, Divya and Eliana - Year 8 & Year 10 Student Reporters

The day had arrived! Outside the weather turned a bit cooler than yesterday, Thursday 15 September was the hottest September Day for a long time.

We all arrived at school much earlier than usual to get prepared for the arrival of Mark Carney. For the whole week before his arrival we did some research about him and watched the BBC News to get ready for the event. We all were extremely excited (and of course nervous). Mr Steinhaus, Mr Price and Mrs Nguyen (our main teachers who organised the event) must have felt the same.

Josie from the BBC School Reporters came to help us out the day before. It was really amazing to see how much preparation needed to be done before Mark Carney’s arrival. We knew there were questions sent to us from BBC School Reporters around the country, and finally 18 questions were chosen for us to ask.


In the Auditorium, we were told that Mark Carney had trouble getting to Coventry because the train he was on was derailed. It took him a bit more time to come to our school. We were given extra time to think about the questions and of course some more … cookies.

9:45am - We went into the auditorium and waited for 10 minutes before Mark Carney arrived at our school. Minutes before going live Paul (the floor manager) told us when he waved we needed to clap our hands. It was unbelievable to see all the equipment the BBC staff had to arrange for a live television event. They came to our school at 6 am this morning! Wow!

Tina Daheley, BBC Presenter, introduces Mark Carney to an excited Whitley Academy audience. 

Then Paul counted …five…four…three…two …one! It’s live now.

As we went live it was hard to keep yourself under control. No sneezing, talking or yawning. Of course you had to switch your mobile phone off completely!
 

 

It was quite nerve-racking when Tina Daheley (the BBC presenter for BBC Crime Watch) started talking because once we went live there was no going back.

As Mark walked in we applauded him. He gave us a short speech about the journey to come to Coventry (there was a landslide in Watford Junction), the UK economy, what the Bank of England does, and how he came to be who he is today.



I (Melissa), asked him a questions about his childhood nickname. He told us that he used to be called “Carnage” and “Carnival” because his last name was Carney. He was quite relaxed to answer my question. I found it interesting to know that he preferred the nickname Carnage. So would I if I were him!



Once you put aside the technical difficulties, everything ran smoothly. I even managed to sit in the same chair that he sat in during the live event!


After the live talk with Mark Carney we headed back to the Learning Resource Centre, which was transformed into our base for the day, and had a little talk with Kamal Ahmed. We sometimes see Kamal on BBC News and now we could talk to him in person. How cool!



The way how he interacted with us made us feel comfortable and confident to ask him many questions. Joe (our Year 10 reporter) was busy with the filming so that we could have a look at the video and learn more later.

Some of the questions included:
  • “How did you become a journalist?”
  • “Is your job hard?” 
  • “How would your past self react to the job you have now?”
  • “What do you do in your free time, as you are quite a busy person?”
Kamal talked about how he came from a state school education and when he was 16 he had no idea of what he wanted to do in the future. By taking the opportunities that were given to him along the way he managed to end up with the job he has now.

After studying in university he chose to start print journalism from the bottom and work his way up. By doing this he had the opportunity to gain more experience and even told us some of his stories about the small articles he wrote – one of them being a report in 1990 on how the new phones which had the internet were going to replace newspapers. Wow!

Through Kamal’s talk we learned that you need to have a passion for the job you want to do and take the opportunities that come your way. How true!
         
Our reflection after the visit of Mark Carney.
  • William (Year 9 reporter): “ Never give up and always follow your dreams!
  • Joe (Year 9): “You need to be passionate in what you are doing in order to succeed.”
  • Melissa (aged 12): “ If a normal Canadian can be the Governor of the Bank of England, then anything is possible”. 
  • Kian (aged 13): “No matter where you come from or how much your parents earn, you can do anything if you put the effort in it.”
  • Divya (14 years old): “Despite being from a  low income family, it’s up to me to decide how my future will go and we all need to take every opportunity that comes my way because I never know where that could take me to”.
Going into the BIG INTERVIEW, we didn’t know how Mark Carney would relate to us. However; after meeting him and hearing about his life, we at Whitley have learnt so much.

We hope to interview many more inspiring and influential people that help to shape our futures.


The event was broadcast live on the BBC's 'Victoria Derbyshire' programme, and is available to view here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07vd2d8/victoria-derbyshire-16092016

Kamal Ahmed, Economics Editor for the BBC, reported on the event, which is viewable here - www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37387897

Friday, 9 September 2016

Whitley collects British Council's International School Award





On Monday 14th November, Mr Purslow and Mrs Nguyen collected the British Council's International School Award at a ceremony in London, on behalf of Whitley Academy.

This is a very prestigious award which recognises our school's rich network of international partner schools, and there impact upon our students learning, confidence, and life experiences.

Please feel free to read more about our school's international links (listed below) , and further, our official letter from the British Council.


Dear Whitley Academy,

We are delighted to inform you that Whitley Academy has been successful in gaining Accreditation of the International School Award and is accredited for three years until August 2019.

It is clear from your activities that Whitley Academy is a thriving international school. You have three committed international partner schools in three different countries and are also working with a number of partner schools across the UK. Of particular note is the way in which you are developing young peoples skills and confidence through the international dimension to learning and deepening their understanding of the wider world through this.

Your development of the international dimension in this respect has been commented upon by OFSTED and this is a great achievement and indicates that your work is making a strategic impact on learners experiences and staff professional development. The international activities cover a wide area of the curriculum and it is clear that your link with your French partner school has been a key component in the education of pupils in your school on topical issues such as the EU referendum , including input from your UK partner schools, and this is commendable. This link has also made a significant contribution to the education on offer in the school on WW1 and has clearly enhanced the learning experiences with real life visits to France.

Your Africa and Japan Days are obviously key events in the life of the school and has made a real difference to learners enjoyment and experience of life in an another country and contributed to learning about life in South Africa. It has been interested to read the comments from pupils which convey a strong sense of enthusiasm and motivation There are a variety of relevant and meaningful international activities and contexts taking place across the school in conjunction with partner schools and it is extremely clear as to how this is making a difference to young peoples citizenship skills and their intercultural competencies.

The international dimension to learning is a key feature in the ethos and life of the school and making a sustained and valuable contribution to teaching and learning. It is clear too that your evaluation of the impact of each international activity is an integral part of your international strategy.

Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work. Thank you for taking part in the International School Award. Please convey our very best wishes and many congratulations to all staff and students both in the UK and overseas who have taken part in the scheme. Please also contact your local media to inform them about your successful international work - this is a great achievement and one that deserves celebrating and sharing widely.

Kind regards

International School Award team
British Council.