This year each Year Group will be working on a different international activity led by teachers from different Departments/Faculties, as follows:
Year 7 will be working with the Science Department to learn about some classic scientific discoveries, made by scientists from around the world, including how static electricity was discovered by the ancient Greeks, how the Italian Scientist Allesandro Volta discovered electricity with his voltaic pile, how the English Scientist Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction using magnets and a coil of wire, the origins of glue making and ancient Greek catapults.
Year 8 will be working with the Languages Department to learn about the diverse cultures of Australia, Japan, Poland, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Vietnam through a wide range of different activities, with students choosing two of these countries to work on during the day.
Year 9 will be working with our Creative and Performing Arts Faculty to explore different art forms from several different countries. There will be a range of exciting activities on offer including the opportunity to design illustrative Japanese Ukiyo-e drawings or participate in a workshop on the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira. It will be a dynamic and fun day for everyone involved, with students focusing on one Art form and really developing their understanding and skills in that area.
Year 10 will be working with the Maths and Technology Faculty on the World Trade Game, with students working in small groups, each representing a different country from around the world. Each group’s objective is to make as much money as possible for their country by manufacturing and selling a range of mathematical objects. As in the real-world, different countries will find themselves with different amounts of resources, knowledge and equipment. Should the countries go it alone or team up to increase productivity? Who will pay more for this cooperation, and who will end up the winners in the World Trade Game?
Year 11 will be working with the Humanities Department to research a number of issues linked to the Sustainable Development Goals: Human Rights Violations - Uighurs, Police violence - Black Lives Matter protests, Mental Health and Covid, Cobalt extraction in the Congo, Guantanamo Bay and the effects of rising sea levels on small island nations. Students will then create an awareness raising video and prepare for a question and answer session as if they were an NGO seeking funding.
Years 12 and 13 will be working with our English and PE Departments on the theme of International Sports. Students will have an opportunity to either take part in our own STA Olympic Games or get involved in other sport-related activities which will include creating marketing materials for the STA Olympics, researching global issues related to sports and presenting them creatively using multi-modal texts (memes, videos etc), participating in an ethical debate on the topic of using performance-enhancing drugs in sports or joining the journalism team for the day, preparing a visual media display to be shown at the Closing Ceremony.