2012 - a great success!
On Friday 28th September all of our Year 9 pupils took part in Languages Day. Pupils participated in a variety of sessions including, taster sessions of Italian, Spanish, Urdu, Gujarati, Turkish and Russian. They were also given the opportunity to look at how different cultures are across different areas of the world. This was the third Language Day at Rivington and Blackrod High School and it built upon the success of past years in creating the best ever Languages Day!
Currently we have 300 pupils studying for a GCSE in French or German. The numbers show the importance of language development in the world of work and students are keen to have a language on their CV for the future. The focus on languages will help us to demonstrate the importance of learning a language and hope that our students will become more aware of the benefits of communication with others. In today’s society it is essential for young people to appreciate other cultures and languages and we hope that we can give our learners an insight into the wider community.
As a school, not only are we celebrating great GCSE results but we have seen a huge rise in our French GCSE pass rate. 92% of students gained an A*-C, a tremendous success. In addition, the department have been on some excellent school trips including exchange visits to France and our annual German Christmas Markets trip will take place in December. The Modern Languages Department is an exciting place to be!
Tony Purcell, Head Teacher commented, “We want to show students that learning a language is important as it is a useful skill for life and can help young people when thinking about their future careers. The day has given our young people an insight into a variety of cultures and languages and we hope students will be able to empathise with their peers from around the globe. The day was also great fun for them whilst they learnt new skills.”