Sir Roger Manwood’s offers a wide variety of international activities across the curriculum, which has contributed to the school being awarded the full International School Awarded. The international dimension is seen as an important part of the enrichment programme that the school provides.
Trips abroad are offered by several departments, but primarily by the language faculty. The French department organises annual trips to Boulogne for Year 8 pupils, as well as both Year 10 and Sixth Form trips to Paris. The German department has been running a student exchange for Year 9 students with our partner school in Sundern for 16 years. The German department also aids students in their application to the government funded UK-German connection scheme.
The Spanish department offers an annual trip to Barcelona for students of Year 10 upwards and has also offered trips to Madrid for sixth formers. For our Chinese learners there is the opportunity to take part in the annual Chinese speaking competition organised by the British Council; in recent years we have had success in the heats and have had pupils representing the school in the finals at the British Museum.
Besides the language related trips, other departments have international activities as an integral part of their teaching. The History department has runs trips to the Somme battle fields for Year 9 pupils, as well as visits to Berlin for Year 11 GCSE students and New York and Washington for sixth form students. In the Art department sixth form students have the opportunity to visit important artistic destinations; in previous years they have been to Florence, Madrid and Venice. The Music department organises orchestra trips on an annual basis giving experience in playing concerts overseas, having visited Lisbon, Seville and Prague in recent years. The RE department has also run trips to Italy, visiting Rome and the riches that its culture and history offer.
As well as subject specific international activities, we also offer the opportunity to participate in cross-curricular trips that give the chance to learn some important skills, as well as fostering international and inter-cultural understanding. We have a long-standing partnership with Hengshui High School in Hebei Province, China; since 2004 we have been sending students and staff to teach English at their summer school, as well as hosting students visiting us from China. As well as the incredible sight-seeing opportunities, this trip gives a chance to see what life in China is really like and offers a fantastic experience to our sixth form students.
The opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience is also available through our link with the Yalding School in Farato, Gambia. This trip is organised in conjunction with the GamBLE Project, a small charity based in Kent that sponsors a village school in Farato , Gambia and helps improve education standards. This is another trip that offers a unique experience to our sixth form students, giving them a chance to see African life first hand.
In a similar vein, since 2015 we have had a link with a new partner school in India. Last year we took a group of sixth formers to work in the Rosarium Academy, near Darjeeling, in the Himalayas. Our students raised money to help improve the facilities at the school and spent a week teaching there, staying in their remote mountain community. After a week working, the group trekked through the Singalila National Park that offers views across the Himalayas, even catching a glimpse of Mount Everest, before spending a few days in the fascinating town of Darjeeling.