International School Award 2012 - 2015

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In September 2012 Bishopbriggs Academy gained accreditation for the International Schools Award. This accreditation, which lasts for three years, is awarded by the British Council and recognises the varied and vast amount of work Bishopbriggs Academy carries out with a range of international partners. Activities include:

  • Our links with schools in several countries as part of Schulen: Partner der Zukunft (Schools: Partners for the Future).  We have links with schools in Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.
  • Our work with the Goethe Institut.  In recent years we have had a wide range of activities including teacher exchanges with German teachers, pupils gaining scholarships to attend intensive German Language classes in Germany, pen pal exchanges and activities with pupils in our associated primaries, musical events, a vii sit from a German sports write, story tellers, German author visits and pupil exchange trips with German schools.  Many departments across the school have been involved including Modern Languages, Art, Business Studies, PE, History, Modern Studies., Music and RMPS.
  •  A charity languages event working with SCIAF.  This involved S2 pupils form French and RE working together to learn more about the work of SCIAF.
  •  Annual Peace One Day activities to raise awareness and funds for international Peace One Day.
  • Battlefields experiences.  Every October a group of pupils travel to France and Belgium to learn about World War I and World War II.  Following these visits pupils now participate in local Armistice Day celebrations and help deliver the school's annual Remembrance Service.
  •  Write for Rights Campaign.  Pupils have written postcards to support Amnesty's campaign to raise awareness of prisoners across the world who have been imprisoned for their beliefs.
  • Water for Life Project.  All S1 pupils have been involved in a cross curricular project to learn about the importance of clean water for everyone and the the great distances many people have to travel to collect clean water.
  • Fair Trade.  Pupils have ran Fair trade stalls selling gifts from around the world and won a Social Enterprise Award for developing Enterprise skills and raising awareness of Fair trade products.  The school also promotes Gatorade school uniforms.
  • Holocaust Education Trust visits to Auschwitz in Poland. Pupils have visited Auschwitz and then delivered a series of lessons on the themes of victimisation and bullying.  One of the pupils also spoke to local Brownie and Guide groups about her experiences in Poland.  Pupils in History and RMPS classes have also had the opportunity to meet with Holocaust survivors, Mr and Mrs Wuga to learn about the personal experiences of Jewish people in concentration camps.
  • Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.  Pupils across different year groups researched and then presented drama, poetry, art and PowerPoint presentations to an audience of local school children and Goethe Institut staff and the German Consul.
  • Exchange visits with the Philemon Wright High School in Quebec, Canada.  Pupils and staff form both schools have enjoyed both sporting and cultural exchanges.

The school also has many future plans to support international education across the curriculum.  Look out for reports of these events in the coming months.