Over the past two years The Joyce Frankland Academy has been involved in a Comenius project sponsored by the British Council with 4 other schools from Italy/Sicily, the Netherlands and Spain. The project meant students from this school have collobrated during the two years with students from Liceo-Ginnasio“Celio”/ Istituto Magistrale ”C.Roccati” Rovigo, Italy and I.E.S. Santa Maria La Real Aguilar De Campoo, Spain by investigating listed monuments from the Uttlesford area. In their research they had to produce an individual power point on their selected monument, describe its past and present history, investigate its construction and reveal their findings to students from the above mentioned school when students visited Newport. Furthermore the students had to have their pictures taken together at the monument to prove the work had been done. They then produced together a joint power point. When students visited Italy and Spain a similar process occurred.
In April 2014 10 students from year 10 went to Rovigo and were hosted by students 2 years older than them but they adapted and coped admirably making new friends. The students were shown around Rovigo and the Italian students explained to our students why they had chosen their monuments and talked to them about the history and the construction materials used. During the visit students also went to Venice and enjoyed a final dinner together before travelling home. In October 2014 the Italian students visited Newport and worked with the same students who went to Rovigo but who were now in year 11. All the students visited London and enjoyed a meal together in Saffron Walden. The Italian students also went to Cambridge. All parties agreed that this part of the project went very well and the results were placed on the Blog create by Ollie Blake our ICT manager.
The second part of the project involved the school from Aguilar de Campoo, Spain when 16 year 9 students hosted students from the Spanish school in November 2014. Again the same procedures were followed as for the Italian trip and the Spanish students visited Stansted Mountfitchett castle as well as London and Cambridge. The students also went bowling together in Braintree and the results of the exchange were placed on the blog. In March 2015 due to circumstances only 14 students returned to Spain to complete this project. Whilst in Spain they visited Santander, were shown round some underground caves, a replica coalmine, enjoyed sporting activities one evening as well as visiting Palencia where they went climbing and caving. The students also meet the Mayor of Aguilar and 4 students were interviewed on the local radio station about the project. All partners agreed that the exchange was very successful.
In order to bring the project to a conclusion 4 year 9 students and 2 teachers went to Rovigo 15th-18th April 2015. The students were Georgia Bozianu, Gemma Francis, Eleanor Hampson and Ronja Nylander-Early. Whilst in Rovigo they meet up with students from Rovigo who hosted them, the Netherlands, Sicily and Spain. Each school presented and evaluated the work shown and that of its partners. The students then worked together to produce their picture highlights of the project which will be put together in a final presentation that will go onto you tube. The 4 students were a credit to the school as were all other students who participated in this final Comenius project. It must also be stated that a number of teachers/administration staff must be thanked for helping in this project which obviously needs to be coordinated and organised. Finally, the parents of the students who took part must be thanked for hosting the students from abroad and for all the support they give their sons and daughters as well as to the school. Without their help such projects could not be as successful as they are. Thanks must also be given to the British Council who has helped fund this project. Without this funding the enrichment for our students in their education and cultural diversity could not be as great as it is.
As stated above such projects must be organised therefore the following meetings also took place in which the results of exchanges and the work produced were evaluated by teachers and head teachers.
October 2013 Aguilar de Campoo, Spain
January 2014 Syracusa, Sicily
May 2014 Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Sept/Oct 2014 Newport
January 2014 Landgraaf, The Netherlands
April 2014 Rovigo, Italy
Please find attached two excellent reports written by our students.