Tuesday 24th March 2009 by C. Freeman
The languages department at Brooke Weston had trips to Buxton, Brittany, Berlin and Barcelona during the recent school holiday, taking more than 50 students away on residential. Head of Modern Foreign Languages Mr Nicholls accompanied the World Challenge students to Buxton before visiting Berlin with six A-Level students and German teacher Mrs Hibberd. He joked that next year they will only go to destinations like Cardiff, Caracas and Colombia to maintain the pattern!
Mrs Navarro-Marin took a party of 20 GCSE students to brush up on their Spanish skills while eight French A-Level students did a stint of work experience near Pontivy accompanied by Mrs Venter.
Mr Nicholls said: 'The whole point of going to Berlin was to make the A Level students more aware, both of the everyday language of Germany, but also its history and culture; so we looked at the Holocaust, the Berlin Wall and divided Germany.'
William Downey was one of the students who went on the three-day trip. He said: 'The highlights were seeing all the culture, mingling with the people and learning where the language will get me in the future and what it will do for me as a person. We met two of Mr Nicholls's ex-German students and one is now doing her business management degree in German just by learning the A Levels; so that has knocked it into me that we can get somewhere by the qualifications we are doing.'