Approximately fifty pupils in each year half are given the opportunity to participate in a one-day study visit to the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France on the first two Fridays in June. A coach is chartered from the school and back, using the Channel Tunnel Le Shuttle service which maximises the time pupils have in France. Pupils are required to complete a number of different transactional language tasks in groups using a specially designed workbook and are given the opportunity to speak French in a number of the different situations.
The visit includes:
We would like to enable Year 8
pupils studying Spanish to have the opportunity to participate in a cultural and linguistically
educational residential visit to Cantabria, Northern Spain, during the May half-term holiday 2000.
The Visit is intended primarily as a holiday, but would prove to be most beneficial to pupils studying Spanish.
The proposed itinerary will include a visit to the Cabarceno Natural Reserve, the medieval
town of Santillana del Mar, a visit to a cake factory, shopping assignments, and one or two treats
not usually available to the average British tourist! The three-star family run hotel is across the road
from a blue flag beach. There will be time for supervised beach activities during the visit.
The dates of the visit are from Sunday 28th May 2000 to Saturday 3rd June 2000.
Pupils studying French are encouraged to consider participating in the annual exchange with C.E.S Les Bréguières, in Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice on the Côte d'Azur which has been running since the early 1980's.
Some 25-30 pupils, principally from Year 9, (although the exchange is also sometimes opened to Year 10 pupils taking French), usually depart on the outward leg of the exchange just before the beginning of the Easter school holidays and return some ten or eleven days later. The return leg usually takes place in May for a similar length of time.
Two members of staff, (at least one of whom is a member of the Faculty of Modern Languages), accompany the exchange party. The preferred mode of travel is air as this affords the maximum amount of time in the area for pupils and also both locations (Sunningdale and Cagnes-sur-Mer) are well placed as regards the airports used (London Heathrow and Nice Côte d'Azur). Excursions are made to Cannes, Nice, Antibes, Monaco, Monte Carlo and Grasse and documentation is prepared in advance on these visits and a diary (written largely in French) is kept by each pupil.
Years 10 and 12 Spanish
Pupils studying Spanish in Years 10 and 12 will encouraged to consider participating in the Spanish Exchange with the I.E.S Marianao in Sant Boi near Barcelona in the Cataluña region. This exchange has been running successfully since 1998and is led by Mrs. P. Rentería. There are places for between 20 and 30 pupils for the week long exchange with pupils departing just before the February half term holiday and returning the following week. The return leg of the exchange take place in early May for a similar length of time.
Two members of staff, (at least one of whom is a member of the Faculty of Modern Languages), accompany the exchange party. The preferred mode of travel is air as this affords the maximum amount of time in the area for pupils and also both locations (Sunningdale and Sant Boi de Llobregat ) are well placed as regards the airports used (London Heathrow and Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat). Excursions are made to Barcelona, Sitges, Cadaqués, the Cordoniú Cava factory, Montserrat Mountain, the Dalí Musuem at Figueras and the Cataluña en Miniatura Museum.
Years 12 and 13 French and Spanish
'A'-Level students in both languages are fully informed of the vital importance of spending some time in France and/or Spain, either on an individual basis, or exchange visit, or as part of a work experience arrangement.