The International School Award (ISA)

The International School Award (ISA) is an accreditation scheme which recognizes curriculum-based work with an international focus.

Sirius Academy was awarded the ISA at re-accreditation level in September 2014 through its achievements in enriching student's lives by encouraging them to build an awareness of global issues through collaborative and curriculum based activities and international visits. This mark of good practice has been reassessed and  renewed in 2017 and involves the mentoring of other schools through personal support or CPD sessions and workshops, like the very successful British Council information workshop hosted by Sirius Academy on the 21st of March 2017. A similar event might be in the pipeline for 2019.

Claudia Lorenz, the International Co-ordinator and also a British Council Ambassador, attended the Award Ceremony in Newcastle to receive the well-deserved certificate for outstanding contributions to the International and global dimension which is now displayed in the school foyer. Sirius Academy will apply for renewal in 2020.

DEVELOPING THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION

Link with partner school in Malaga:
We have a well-established link with I.E.S Cala de Mijas which is a bilingual teaching centre near Malaga. 40% of their students are of British origin as many British families have made their home in the South of Spain. This partner school is one of the schools involved in the Erasmus funded SPACE project. Further information on : http://ieslacala-de-mijas.webnode.es/

Link with partner school in Gurukul,Dang, Nepal
Sirius Academy is proud to announce collaboration with a new partner school, Gurukul Academy in Dang, Nepal which began in April 2017. Alison Ollerhead in Art and Matthew O’Neill in English have been  working with Basant Rijal, the international coordinator at Gurukul.. After a successful application for a funded Connecting Classrooms visit to Nepal, both teachers visited our partner school in February 2018 and set up the beginnings of a successful partnership. Gurukul Academy are currently planning their visit to Sirius Academy for 2019.

Link with Family Foundation Secondary School in Freetown, Sierra Leone
As part of Hull’s City of Culture 2017 programme, the British Council partnered up 7 schools in Freetown and Hull to work together on a project called “Rivers of the World”. Rachel Fussey, co-ordinated the project which led to fantastic artwork produced by our students which is now exhibited outside the National Theatre in London alongside the artwork produced by the Freetown partner school. This exhibition has been to Hull and everybody could admire the beautiful pieces of work displayed in our city. Students are currently working on the second part of the project called “Working river” which compares how everyday working life affects a river in both our cities.

British Council Art & Environment Challenge
We are hoping to participate in the Art & Environment Challenge with both our partner school in Sierra Leone and Nepal. Between October 2018 and June 2019, pupils can work together with their partner school on their chosen theme –using a British Council  resource pack - to create an artwork on an environmental theme and share their final chosen work with British Council Arts Department.

Erasmus Key Action 2 funding for Space Project with partner schools in Spain, Portugal, Holland and Lithuania
Sirius Academy have been fortunate in securing a very generous grant to collaborate on a SPACE project with  four other European schools. This project explores all aspects of space and space  travel and provides funding for both staff and student mobility, so that a true exchange of ideas and a sense of collaboration can be achieved. Andrew Wilkinson in Science is co-ordinating the Science aspects supported by staff from  other faculties who worked on subthemes like creating a project logo and writing a space anthem. Staff visited VGTU Engineering Lyceum in Vilnius in Lithuania in December 2017 and the first full meeting including staff and students from all participating countries was held  in Hull in February 2018. After a successful planning visit to Canisius Gymnasium  in Almelo, Holland, staff and students have just returned from an exciting conference in, Portugal organised by our Erasmus partner school Escola Campos Melo. This visit  included a visit to Lisbon and workshops in the Pavilion of Knowledge and the Lisbon Planetarium, a lecture from a Nato Science advisor and a science workshop at Covilhã University.
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