The study of a modern foreign language in schools is viewed widely as a means of extending pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide range of areas, not only by speaking and listening in the target language, but also by studying different cultures and comparing them to their own.
Here at St Joseph’s we are passionate about expanding our student’s experiences and encouraging them to think about the wider world. We hold the basic and intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award and are currently working towards the full accreditation.
We have a partner school in France that we visit annually. We work collaboratively with them through email, Skype, sending scrapbooks and gifts through the post. Our French partner school visited us in January 2015 and some of our students travelled to France to participate in an Olympic themed event in June 2016.
French is an option in KS 3 & 4 and offered up to GCSE level. We hold a weekly MFL celebration assembly in which students experience different languages and learn about other cultures using multi-sensory techniques.
Students and staff are encouraged to think about global issues through the adventures of our school mascot Joey Bear. His travels and adventures help us to make links between everyday life at St Joseph’s and the rest of the world.