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The Academy has been lucky enough to have been awarded a number of grants from the European Union to fund multi-lateral student projects with our European partner schools.  This funding is part of the Erasmus+ fund and has allowed to us take significant numbers of QKA students abroad on fully-funded visits, as well as hosting our partner school visits to the Academy.
 
Click on the links below to see details of our past and ongoing projects.
 
2018-2020 – Erasmus+ Local Heroes Project
 
QKA is really  excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the European Union Erasmus+ fund to develop another project with our German and Spanish partner schools: Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium in Viersen, German and IES Enrique Diez Canedo in Badajoz,   Spain.
 
This new project will focus on local history and famous figures in areas surrounding each school.  During the project, students will work together with their European peers to identify and research famous local heroes and they will then produce museum exhibits in each school including permanent informative exhibits (that will be replicated for each partner school), a museum brochure giving details of the heroes and the exhibits, guided tours of the museum and living history exhibits.
 
The aim of the project is for the partners to learn more about the locations and importance of the areas local to our partner schools as well as QKA students to learn more about and celebrate Peterborough’s rich history.  Teachers will choose three heroes to be researched and then students will choose an additional two – some of whom may be living legends!
 
Mrs Ground travelled to Germany for the initial multi-lateral staff meeting just before Christmas and the first student visit will be to Germany in February 2019 where fifteen lucky Year 9 and 10  students will be funded to take part.
 

Erasmus+ Meeting

Erasmus+ Project: Local Heroes QKA’s visit to Germany

Erasmus Students  In A ClassThe beginning of February marked the first of many exciting international projects for QKA in 2019. Following the Academy’s success in gaining full funding from the prestigious Erasmus+ scheme, 15 Year 9 and 10 students (along with Miss Ground and Miss Hernandez) were fortunate to travel to Germany, to develop our new multilateral project together with our German and Spanish partner schools: Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium (AMG) in Viersen, Germany and IES Enrique Diez Canedo in Badajoz, Spain.

The aim of the project, which will be ongoing between the three schools until 2020, is to identify and research notable local heroes, relating to each partner school’s surrounding area. Through collaborative work with their European peers, students apply and develop a range of skills to produce permanent museum exhibits in English, Spanish and German, as well as museum brochures and interactive tours.

As part of their project work in Germany, students from each of the three schools worked in multinational groups to research five important heroic figures or groups: Albertus Magnus (after whom the school is named), St. Irmgardis of Cologne, Action Medeor (a medical aid organisation), Charlemagne and the region’s volunteer firefighters. Over our 5-day visit, students worked hard to create exhibits, audio guides, videos and brochures in all three of the schools’ official Students Work On Dispalylanguages. These exhibitions offered a detailed and unique insight into the lives of these local heroes and creatively looked into their significance to AMG and the wider community. On the final day of our visit, students had the opportunity to display and present their impressive exhibitions, which demonstrated the high level of work carried out by all those involved.

Student Visiting Aachen Cathedral. One of the highlights of the visit was a trip to Aachen to see the world-famous Aachen cathedral. Constructed under the reign of Emperor Charlemagne, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre boasts a spectacular interior and an impressive shrine to Charlemagne. Students had the opportunity to walk around the cathedral and experience a guided tour of the Cathedral museum, which provided them with lots of ideas and inspiration for their own exhibitions.

Thanks to the hard work and organisation of all those involved, especially the staff and students at Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium, the trip was a huge success and a fantastic start to our Erasmus+ project. In addition to the project work, students had the opportunity to explore the culture and sights of the local area, which included a trip to the nearby town of Mönchengladbach and a visit to the famous Cologne Cathedral. They also enjoyed the opportunity to learn new languages and practise their existing linguistic skills with their European peers.

The trip proved to be an unforgettable experience. There was a strong sense of community and togetherness among all those involved, which enabled QKA students to forge long-lasting friendships with their German and Spanish peers. We look forward to the next stage of our project, hosted by QKA, in October 2019!

I am very grateful for this opportunity and I loved working with other people from different countries on this project. Inesa, Year 9

The best thing for me was our visit to Mönchengladbach because I spent time with my new German friends. Nicholas, Year 9

It was the best experience of my life and one that I will never forget. Kelly, Year 9

 

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2017-2020 – Erasmus+ Project Unity
 
Unity is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project which focuses on developing the aptitudes of global citizenship.  We live in an ever smaller and connected world and young people are no longer simply competing against those in their local area for employment, but with those from across the globe.  Unity aims to develop STEM skills through traditional culture, showing that values in the modern world have a link to the past.
 
This project is a multi-lateral project supported by European Union funding to allow QKA students to work together with their peers in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and The Czech Republic.  Over the past academic year, students some of our partner school students met in Hungary and QKA students, along with some of their European partners, joined the project virtually via Skype.  This was hugely exciting for our KS3 students and they have since followed up the first meetings with further collaborative work on the European E-Twinning portal.
 
In March this year a group of lucky KS3 students will take part in a project week in Slovakia lead by Miss Dunsterville and Mr Oliver from Science and Computer Science who flew to Slovakia in December 2018 for a planning meeting with the Slovakian teaching staff.  During the week, which is fully-funded for the students, they will be working with local businesses to produce digital graphic novels telling traditional folklore stories from the different participating cultures.
 

Erasmus + Meeting art work

 
 
2016-2018 – From Symbols to Symphonies

 

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This project focused around the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and investigated the changing face of Europe and the increase in human mobility.  As such a diverse school with 41 languages spoken, it was a project very dear to our hearts and allowed students to share their own stories about immigration as well as learn first-hand from a range of people and organisations about the plight of refugees fleeing war and economic migrancy.

The students worked with our Spanish and German Partner schools in Viersen, Germany and Badajoz, Spain to carry out a series of interview, attend visits and talks and they then worked together to create music, dance, poetry, prose and art to explain and express what they had learned.

In Germany the focus was on creating music and in Spain it was dance (although in each location the students created a range of music, dance, prose and art).  The final project week took place at QKA where students learnt about European mobility and then put all of their pieces together to create a full-length theatre production, depicting the struggles and successes of migration and mobility. 

The project was a huge success and students not only gained a wealth of knowledge about the issues surrounding mobility, but they also gained empathy, made long-lasting friendships with their European peers and developed their leadership and research skills. Earlier this year, project participants and QKA band Black Vinyl, won the 2018 Peterborough Music Festival New Youth Music Showcase Competition with one of the songs from the project ‘Nobody Cried’.  Furthermore, the anthology created during the project was commended and published in the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Bilingual Poetry Competition which forms part of the Cambridge annual Festival of Ideas.  Black Vinyl performed the songs that they had composed and written during the project to the public audience in Cambridge University at the prize-giving event.

 

 

Use the links below to see a sample of the project work created independently by the Symbols to Symphonies students: