Global Learning

The Voyager Academy Global Learning Page

The Academy was awarded the British Academy’s prestigious Full International School Award in August 2016 and the award is valid for three years. This page aims to showcase the important international work that happens in the Academy.

Language and Culture

As part of the school’s international work, students participate in a range of annual language competitions and projects:

Year 7 – Eurovision Song Contest, Foreign Language Spelling Bee and Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry project.

Year 8 – Translation Bee, Language Beatz song-writing project and Have Your Say public speaking competition.

Year 9 – Translation Bee, Coca Cola Language Challenge, Strictly Speaking literature project, Language Leaders.

KS4/5 – Connecting classrooms projects, film club and language careers events.

International Links

The school also has a number of partner schools:

IES Enrique Diez Cañedo in Badajoz, Spain
IES Joan Maria Tomás in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Albertus-Magnis-Gymnasium in Viersen, Germany
The Voyager High in Durham, USA
Colegio Militar Fransisco Bolognese in Arequipa, Peru

Erasmus+ European-funded Project: From Symbols to Symphonies

Thirty students from the Academy have received full funding from Erasmus+ to travel to Spain or Germany in order to study migration on a European, national and local level. The project aims to help students obtain a balanced understanding of the reasons for increased immigration and mobility within Europe today.

Students from the Academy participating in the project will research the history behind human mobility in the countries they are visiting. This entails looking at the Syrian refugee crisis in Germany, North African immigrants in Spain and European immigrants in the UK.

Throughout the project, called ‘From Symbols to Symphonies’ students will engage in music, poetry and dance in order to demonstrate their understanding of the challenges and successes that migrants face. The project will also build long-lasting relationships between our partner schools in Spain and Germany which will encourage the sharing of cultures and experiences.

We are grateful to Erasmus+ for the funding they have given allowing our students the opportunity to participate in an amazing project focussing on immigration, diversity and community cohesion. Our school prides itself on ensuring that learning does not stop when a student leaves the classroom. We believe that the life experiences students will encounter because of this project will be invaluable to gaining a wider understanding of human mobility today.

The Academy currently holds the Rights Respecting Schools Award and this project links very closely to the values of the school. Upon their return the students will create resources on the topic of human mobility, which will enhance PSHE and language lessons. The school also has an international working group for staff with an interest in global learning whose aim is to embed internationalism across the curriculum.

You can follow the project blog at this link: https://fromsymbolstosymphonies.wordpress.com/