We believe that it is vital for young people to have a strong connection to the wider world. An understanding of different languages and cultures gives learners vast opportunities, both during their schooling and later on in life. We are fortunate to have partnerships with schools in many countries around the world, some of which have lasted for decades. In addition to a range of cultural learning opportunities offered within the school, there are some trips that run on a regular basis.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty about foreign travel, the programme for 2020/2021 is currently on hold.
The possibility of rescheduling the 2020 Japanese Exchange, for which we have already made some unrecoverable financial commitment, is under investigation. Parents of eligible students were sent an email regarding this on 16th June, with responses required by 6th July 2020.
Students of Mandarin participate in a language immersion course in China, visiting different cities, including Beijing.
In Years 9 and 10, students can participate in our Exchange programme with Collège Denecourt in Bois-le-Roi in the outskirts of Paris. Students experience life with a French family, as well as visit the school, the famous sights of Paris, the Palace of Fontainebleau and Disneyland Paris.
Our partnership with Hikawa High school, Yamanashi, takes students to the foothills of Mount Fuji as well as the bright lights of Tokyo. Students study Japanese in the mornings before trying out traditional and modern Japanese activities.
Students of Spanish can sample the bright lights and city life of Madrid. Highlights include visiting the Real Madrid Stadium and tasting the delights of churros and chocolate. Some students choose to hone their Spanish skills in Gran Canaria, while learning to surf and soaking up the sun.