During half term, our Sixth Form German pupils spent time in Aachen completing a Work Experience placement. This was the ideal opportunity to practise their language skills and experience first-hand the life and culture in the country of their chosen language. The students chose work placements from an extensive list covering a wide range of areas and interest. These included working in a Kindergarten to a swimming pool, a zoo and even a toyshop.
I am proud to say that this is the eleventh successful year of the programme, which is organised externally by Halsbury Travel. The trip was a rewarding and invaluable experience for all involved. As well as gaining experience of working in another country, pupils enjoyed the taste of independence it afforded and the opportunity to practise their language skills in a real-life working environment.
All pupils also benefitted socially as they gained the confidence to meet and interact with new people and make new friends in an environment very much out of their usual comfort zone. From all accounts it was an unforgettable experience from which they have gained valuable skills as young adults. The pupils have returned full of enthusiasm, confidence and energy and are keen to demonstrate their newly enhanced linguistic skills in the classroom and in future examinations. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the group for their exemplary behaviour and focus as outstanding ambassadors of Sir Thomas Rich’s.