The Academy has been running a Connecting Classrooms project with our Argentinian partner school for the last two years and students from Years 10 and 11 have been involved in a number of activities all focused on „Making a Difference“. Students from Colegio Yapeyu in Corrientes, Northern Argentina have visited the Academy three times now and next year will see the first return visit of MBA students to this beautiful, old, colonial town.
Over the two years of the project, students have worked together on publicising and raising funds for charities in both countries . These have included Surfers against Sewage, WaterAid, ACE, Fair Trade, Shelterbox and Tech, an Argentinian charity which raises funds to create housing for the poorest communities.
We are currently waiting for news about a third bid for funds to continue the joint project work and this time we will be focusing on the Cornish diaspora and the impact of migrant and indigenous communities on so called “new world” countries such as Argentina.
Staff from Mounts Bay and Colegio Yapeyu have been involved in delivering and receiving training in both countries and September saw the first teaching placement of an Argentinian teacher in the Academy. Ms Cris Gual worked principally with the Languages Faculty and was a huge hit with the students there. She previously ran a language school in Corrientes and teaches Spanish to numerous international students as well as English to Argentinian students. We are hoping to see her return next year to be involved in teacher training.
As you will see from the newsletter, Miss. Hick and Mr. Dale spent half-term at the college and were involved in meetings with the school leadership team as well as in delivering English lessons to Yapeyu students. The visit also allowed risk assessments and planning to take place for next year’s exchange and details will be coming out about this shortly.