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A day of inspirational masterclasses


The West Kent Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) is a partnership of eight secondary schools - Beechwood Sacred Heart School, The Judd School, Kent College Pembury, The Malling School, Mascalls Academy, Oakley School, The Skinners’ School and Skinners’ Kent Academy and has been established with the aim of sharing resources and providing high aspirational learning opportunities for pupils. The projects will not only benefit pupils, but also enable teachers to extend their professional development, free from curriculum constraints. 

This year, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, a day of inspirational masterclasses was held on Saturday 15th June, at Mascalls Academy. At the outset, students heard from Ms Deborah Sims, a Chartered Engineer from the University of Greenwich, who provided an overview of da Vinci's career and legacy, and discussed his unprecedented work in various fields.  Her lecture set the tone perfectly for the cross-curricular day, which allowed students, in Years 7 and 8, to choose one masterclass to study in depth. Led by outstanding teachers from the Partnership schools, students selected from either Anatomy and Art, Engineering and Ethics, Politics and Media, Engineering and Textiles and Beginners’ Italian.  The masterclasses were designed to be academically challenging, thought-provoking and offer stimulating opportunities.

Over 90 students from the Partnership schools attended the masterclasses. Below is some of the feedback received.

“I would just like to say thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the Leonardo Da Vinci workshop. I attended the Engineering and Ethics workshop which was incredibly interesting and fun. I learnt so many things about him and his inventions and if you by any chance could pass on my thanks to any teacher who gave up their spare time to come at run the workshop for us I would be very grateful.“

“As a family we think what WKISSP are trying to is fantastic and will do whatever we can to support.”

“I am looking forward to more exciting and interesting opportunities like this.”


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Posted: 18/06/2019 at 13:35
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