Collaboration and giving our students unique learning and exciting experiences is very much at the heart of the global classroom learning environment across our primary and secondary schools. All Nord Anglia Education schools take part and in the last two years the competitions have focused on dance (Dance Unites) and environmental awareness (the Water Challenge). This year the challenge is based around children’s rights and is called ‘Make it Right’. The aim is to involve as many students (and the community) as possible to pick a topic and a country where we can actively get involved in promoting an issue on the theme of improving children’s rights.
This type of project is called challenge based learning (CBL) and it is a collective and engaging approach to learning. CBL encourages the students to consider how to solve a problem and in this case, think about the impact they can make and evaluate their effectiveness in completing a task.
The Big Challenge involves showing a concern for society and therefore is also helping promote our education for character philosophy. It is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and in the coming few weeks we will give you more information from our student leaders running the task, our young journalists documenting the task as a written journal and report and our photography and film enthusiasts who are compiling a multimedia presentation that tells the story from beginning to end.
For that reason I do not want to go into the detail of what is happening on this year’s challenge, I will leave it to them to report to you via the blog in the next few weeks. However, I wold like to reveal the topic that was chosen and how.
Through PSHE lessons our Year 8 students came up with a list of areas of interest they would like to focus on. These topics were then voted on by all the students in Years 7 - 12 in two special assemblies. The voting showed a clear student interest in the areas of child labour, modern slavery and people trafficking. While there was a lot of awareness of the issues in India (probably thanks to our Geography department and the Year 8 syllabus), we have aligned the key themes with the work that our IB students do as part of their Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) hours. They already have a link with a child education project in Cambodia and therefore this year’s Make it Right campaign is aimed at promoting children’s rights in Cambodia.
We will therefore be able to neatly link what is happening at the top of the secondary school by our IB students with the rest of the secondary school. The aim has to be to really make a difference and embed in the students the idea that this should be an ongoing concern, not just a short term focus because of a competition.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will work on this for the next few weeks in their PSHE lessons. They will then have to present their research, show links that they have made to charities and prepare an assembly for the primary school. If you are experienced in the global charities sector or would just like to offer help to the students, then please feel free to contact us. The aim is to make an impact. If you feel you want to be involved or can help with this in any way please contact myself or Sam Rae and we will happily see if we can involve you in this interesting and worthwhile project.
I would just like to end with a couple of quick reminders, at this time of year with the cold weather and people having returned from all around the world viruses are common in and around the school. Please ensure you do not send your children to school if they have a temperature or they are vomiting. We have had to send an unusually high number home in the last week with fevers, and at times like this it is also a timely reminder that we need to encourage hand washing and the use of sanitiser gels. There is more information on our website.
On another note, we have some exciting Chinese New Year experiences coming up in the next few weeks and are looking for four or five mannequins that our students can use to practice acupuncture on as part of one of the activities. If you know anyone who might be able to donate some mannequins to us, then please do get in touch with me.
Have a great weekend.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary