Nobel International School Algarve has been shortlisted as a finalist for The PIEoneer Awards’ Progressive Education Delivery Award 2020. The PIEoneer Awards, organised by The PIE, are the only global awards to celebrate innovation and achievement across the whole of the international education industry. Four Globeducate schools are finalists in the 2020 awards.
Nobel’s Journey of Discovery for Year 10 was the programme highlighted and the nomination process asked schools to not only demonstrate why and how they developed the programme but also how the programme helps to develop students’ confidence and achievement, as well as to help them develop a sense of global citizenship and/or to prepare them for the modern workplace.
Lead Outdoor Education Teacher and Head of Adventure Matt Harris said: “The ‘Journey’ is carefully designed to make the students feel part of something bigger than themselves; it breaks down the barriers between the different nationalities, languages and cultures we see in the school. The ‘Journey’ groups have always shown greater understanding and acceptance of other cultures and the skills they acquire make them much more attractive to, and adapted to, the modern workforce.
They have a far more collaborative approach to work and are more aware of the world that they live in due to spending time in nature with none of the trappings of modern-day society.”
During the last four years, 117 students have taken up the opportunity to go on the Year 10 Journey of Discovery. Prior to signing up, students and parent attend presentations from prior participants who also lead a question and answer session.
The three other finalists in these awards are Agora Sant Cugat International School in Barcelona and Stonar School in Wiltshire, England, for the Secondary Learning International Impact award and Rome International School for the Sustainability International Impact Award.
The final winners will be announced during a ceremony end of September – this year it will be a virtual ceremony due to Covid-19.