Halcyon has made the prestigious shortlist for TES School Awards 2015 - Creative School of the Year. Below is part of our application submitted by Gareth Jones, Halcyon's Maths and Science Teacher and PSHE Co-ordinator.
All Halcyon students are encouraged to look at the challenges we face today through an interdisciplinary lens.
Halcyon facilitates this interdisciplinary and creative approach by:
- planning interdisciplinary units of study where students study two or more subjects to address a single issue;
- having a strong extracurricular programme that links with a core element of the Halcyon Service as Action programme;
- having weekly dedicated time for students to pursue their particular passion during Personal Learning Periods.
Within the IB curriculum at Halcyon, students have demonstrated a mastery for interconnecting subjects and the real world through some of the following activities:
● Computer coding
● Geometry and Minecraft
● Cardboard Arcades
● Digital Biographies
● Town planning
● Puppet Theatre.
Students have been central to creating an active and creative extracurricular programme at Halcyon. Some of the student-led initiatives include:
● Model United Nations
● Global Issues Network
● Book Club
● Student Council.
We believe that it is important for students to pursue the areas that they enjoy. This allows students to succeed and feel that establishing a sense of balance in their education is vital. It also allows for really creative, self-directed work. We allow for time in our school week for this and students are given personal learning periods. Some examples of the excellent working occurring during this time are:
● Raising Awareness of Teenage Mental Health
● Creating a multimedia digital prospectus for Halcyon
● Digital Leaders Blogs.
This is just a snapshot of the creativity on display at Halcyon and there is much more to be seen if you visit the school. Student-led exploration, engagement, creativity (and allowing students to break educational boundaries) is what we aim to inspire at Halcyon.
As educators, we are inspired by our students' achievements; we hope you share this feeling.