It is the school’s vision that all staff and students are members of an International School. The Ridgeway School has unique partnership with seven European schools and has created a virtual international school named ELVIS. This stands for European Learning Virtual International School. ELVIS is funded by The British Council and is currently in its fifth year. There is recognition that outstanding teaching and learning requires students and staff to think differently.
The development of a virtual international school clearly demonstrates sustained development in international teaching and learning. Staff and students have visited five ELVIS schools in 2013-2014, all funded by the Comenius programme. ELVIS staff and students visited The Ridgeway School in March, to work on an enterprise project devised with Waitrose. Students were required to identify gaps in the market and to create new products. These ideas were presented to the manager of Waitrose.
The International Learning and Research Council – ILRC supports the school in developing and monitoring internationalism across faculties. In March each year, an International Fortnight is staged. Faculties make global education explicit within their normal lessons. This work is mapped against the European competencies and a programme of activities is published.
ELVIS Ambassadors represent the School at international conferences and workshops. Their role is to provide support to staff in the planning and delivery of global education and to work collaboratively with students from Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Norway. This requires our students to be self reflective and develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
The Elos website has been updated! Take a look at www.eloseducation.info for updated information about who they are and what they do!
The ELVIS Production Team accompanied by Jan Halling and Eddie Sims meet in Guise to work on an Enterprise initiative. This has involved students designing and making artefacts to be sold across Europe as part of an ELVIS Christmas catalogue. This allows students to practice their languages with their international peers and work together to solve real design problems.
The second strand to the ELVIS programme is the ELVIS Academy. This has involved students working in subject areas to tackle joint projects. As part of their English lessons, students have completed presentations focusing on local /British people who inspire them. This work will be shared with the other members of the ELVIS Academy and sent to The Berlin Institute as part of a national research project. The implementation of this project and the use of E Twinning – a British Council learning platform were discussed at a European teachers’ meeting held in Gulpen in the Netherlands. Amanda Manning and Heather Siebenaller attended this International Department meeting. The school receives funding from The British Council to run ELVIS visits and projects.
Following on from the successful Communication 2020 project run in conjunction with the International Learning and Research Centre, we hosted a Danish Head Teacher – Jens Engel and two members of his staff from Skovshoved School. The group visited for three days and the programme for the next phase of the Communication 2020 project was firmed up.
The Communication 2020 project relies heavily on the support we have from local employers. We are very grateful to Alan Gladman from Intel and to Roger Edwards from BP.
Communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in international settings are key to the future success of our students in a global society. It is a strength of the school, that all students are ELVIS international students. There will be genuine opportunities for students to work on international projects and have dialogue with young people from Europe.
Mrs H Siebenaller
The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College have been successful in their application to participate in The Commonwealth Class Team Projectorganised by The British Council. We form part of Team 9 and are captained by The New Zealand Silver Ferns Netball Team. We will be monitoring the progress of the New Zealanders during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries that support each other and work together in the common interests of their citizens for development, democracy and peace. It is home to two billion people of all faiths and ethnicities – over half of whom are 25 or under. Member countries come from Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific.
The BBC hosts a series of monthly online debates to support the Commonwealth Class initiative. This has allowed students from schools in the UK and Commonwealth Countries to increase their understanding of issues affecting all of us and to help them develop into successful and responsible global citizens of the future. During the past five months we have worked with other schools from across the Commonwealth on a series of monthly collaborative tasks. The five Commonwealth challenges have been delivered by different Teams across the school:
School routines and background information – English.
Recipe pages featuring local and traditional foods from each country- Technology.
School councils and student voice – Mr J Whittle and members of the school council.
Designing a flag to represent all the countries in Team 9 – Art and Technology.
An evaluation of the project – English. Connecting Classroom is an excellent programme to embed our international values and goals. 250 students benefitted from participating in these challenges and now know and understand more about The Commonwealth. In the process, the school has extended its number of international partners which will support us in developing engaging activities. Mrs H Siebenaller
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This is the second year that we have worked with schools in the South West and in Copenhagen on a Dragons’ Den competition.
Teams of Year 9 students worked after school on solutions to problems set by local employers. The purpose of this project was to develop students’ employability skills. Students voted on the winning pitch and one team – Positive Patch was selected to represent The Ridgeway against other schools in the South West and Skovshoved Skole in Denmark.
Students worked with business mentors to refine their “pitching skills” and to practice presenting in a virtual environment by Skype. Important skills in today’s work place. Students travelled to GLIC in Gloucester for the video conference. The students presented to Danish students/ Danish employers and to a panel based at Intel. We are indebted to Alan Gladman and his team at Intel for their continued support with Communication 2020. The group faced some very tough questioning from the Dragons!The Positive Patch team included:- Bethany Durston – Communications, Holly Daytona – Designer, Maisie Beggan – Research, Matthew Vallender – Tech Master and Chloe Young – Finance.
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