The International School Award is awarded by the British Council, and recognises what schools achieve in fostering and embracing a global dimension in all that they do.
You can read more about the award at the British Council's International School Award site.
The re-accreditation of our award recognised all of the work we do in raising global awareness and celebrating diversity within our school, and that includes some of the following activities:
We held an EDL week in September. This included a range of events across the school to celebrate the languages spoken across the European Union. Our aim was to further embed the international dimension for staff and pupils. Our school caterers provided a multi-cultural menu and competitions were held to give all pupils the chance to participate.
Y7 wrote poems about language learning. All KS3 students had the opportunity to participate in a Euro-Quiz. All students took part in a guess the teacher activity based on descriptions in different languages. All students were able to sample world food in the school dining room.
All the activities helped our students to learn more about life, language and culture in other countries. Y7 students particularly enjoyed the poetry competition and the links to literacy were of particular benefit to students.
Pupils research different textile traditions from around the world and decide on their preferred country. Once they have chosen their country they plan, design and make a cushion cover based on traditional or contemporary designs.
This is an annual event hosted on rotation by Notre Dame, Southwark, Notre Dame Everton Valley and St Julie's with normally 2 out of every 3 years being held in Liverpool. Pupils are given the chance to reflect on issues of global importance including fair-trade, world development, human rights, justice and Liverpool's own historical links with the slave trade.
The event draws on the expertise of a number of local external providers including a prominent member of the local Afro-Caribbean community, who conducts Slavery History Tours.
Participants develop a greater understanding of the history of Notre Dame schools and also have opportunities to develop understanding of the global nature of the Notre Dame family of schools. Participants also develop their social skills and cultural understanding of the local, national and international Notre Dame traditions.
The work of CAFOD abroad and at home is studied by students in the first unit of their Religious Education GCSE course in year 10 and it is also part of the RE curriculum course in less detail for the year 7s.
The GCSE unit reviews wealth and poverty and the role of the international citizen in working together. Fundraising has taken place to improve understanding throughout this GCSE unit, with soup and a roll being served for lunch at various times throughout the year and the proceeds being sent to CAFOD.
This has also been complemented by form tutors being asked in registration to consider why CAFOD do the work they do, and who benefits, in their daily collective worship with form classes as part of a themed approach to collective worship based on our school Mission Statement.
This is an ongoing activity with different departments being involved at different points. The main aim of these activities has been to improve pupils understanding of International Conflict.
The reasons for the tensions that build up between different groups are studied with a view to trying to prevent conflict in the future. At KS4 and KS5 pupils continue with studies of the 2 World wars, studying government and political ideologies, war poetry and other texts from all wars.
These curriculum activities are reinforced each year when whole school activities take place in the week surrounding Holocaust Memorial day and Remembrance Day. This year the whole school community gathered on our field to take part in a service of remembrance.
The School Council (Head Girl and senior students) alongside the School Chaplain read poems and prayers to remember those affected by conflict around the world. Individual pupils and senior staff also represented the school at the Remembrance Day service held at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. These events provide an excellent opportunity to reinforce curriculum activities and to understand the futility of conflict in terms of human suffering.
All students who study dance either in Key Stage 3 or at Key Stages 4 and 5 take part in a wide variety of planned learning activities that teach them about a variety of world dances. These include: American traditional and contemporary: Line Dancing and Lindy Hop and the Limone technique from New York, African: Tribal dance, Indian: Ritual dance and Spanish: Flamenco dance.
In addition to the opportunities within our normal dance curriculum we plan to deliver Language Dance Day (year 7) and Flamenco dance / French dance (Can Can dance) workshops as part of the specialism activities for the school. As part of the work undertaken by pupils they learn about the history of the dances and the cultural influences that have influenced dance over the years.
We also promote the positive health aspects of dance to all pupils and Year 7 participated in a Health Day during which they learnt new dances from America whilst benefitting from extra exercise and fun! Our Year 7 and 8 Dance company also entered the Liverpool Dance Festival with an Indian and African dance.
All Y7 pupils are involved in learning and performing a Christmas Carol from a European country. All pupils learn about the traditions of carols and select a carol to perform as part of a whole year group activity. As a tutor group they performed as part of the Songfest competition, they had to learn the words, include actions and some even dress in costumes.
Sixth form pupils, invited guests and member of the Governing Body attended the event and awarded prizes for the performances. The performances were recorded and uploaded onto the school website to promote the activity both with other pupils and parents.
We will hold a themed sports day in July when each year group will represent a continent and each form will represent a country. Our aim is to further embed the international dimension for staff and pupils whilst promoting the Olympics and the importance sport makes to a healthier life. Sport is global and excites our young people and staff. This as a real opportunity to celebrate global culture, to combat prejudice and to raise awareness that we are all citizens of the World.Â
We worked with different organisations and invited our staff to develop global links in their subjects, working with pupils of all ages and stages across the school. A range of workshops were delivered for pupils across the school from African art and culture to Chinese culture and dance and Samba music and drumming.
Links with the University of Liverpool and their Confucius Institute have been developed to provide pupils with practical experiences to include Chinese calligraphy and Tai Chi. KS4 sports leaders and key stage 4 drama students are also involved in a variety of international sports and mini-workshops based on the works for Lorca and Brecht.
We believe that this experience for all students plays an important part on our journey to develop and embed even further the international dimension at St Julie’s Catholic High School.
The link with this secondary school in the Comunidad de Madrid was established last year as a part of plan to widen the links the school has with schools and other institutions around the world.
The link was initially set up to explore options for pupil and staff exchanges both in persons and using new technologies. This year we plan to run a project based on Education in England and Spain and focus this work around the AS and GCSE pupils. As part of the link we welcome pupils and staff from our partner school to St Julie’s, this is a reciprocal arrangement and pupils visit Spain as part of a home stay exchange programme that was started last year.Â