Over the half term holiday Mr Chapman was lucky enough to be jetting off to Winnipeg, Canada, to spend a week in Fort Richmond Collegiate (FRC), a Grade 10-12 school with close links with Camborne Science and International Academy. FRC, along with CSIA, is a founder member of the International Science Schools Network – an international organisation dedicated to improving science education for all through collaboration, research, student competitions and developing pedagogy. Teachers from FRC and CSIA have been working closely for many years and regularly catch up at international competitions.
Mr Chapman was hosted by the FRC science department and had the opportunity to observe and teach some Canadian lessons as well as helping to develop a programme of collaborative projects for students in both FRC and CSIA. Next year students in Year 10 at Nexus will be partnering with Maths students in FRC on an innovative enquiry based assignment which will encourage creative problem solving as well giving the students the chance to apply their mathematical skills to real life scenarios. In addition CSIA students will be working with FRC students on some collaborative research in Science, this opportunity may even lead to an international exchange visit.
Mr Chapman also took the opportunity to sample some of the Canadian way of life, from watching a baseball game to tasting a ‘Blizzard’ ice cream!