Curricular Activities and Extracurricular Clubs
ERASMUS+, eTwinning, Connecting Classrooms and UCAPE
Wellington School offers a wide range of international opportunities and these are open to all pupils, regardless of whether they study languages or not. The Modern Languages Department coordinates these international activities.
Erasmus+ is a European Commission funded programme which supports international project work. Our pupils have collaborated with young people in schools across Europe, including France, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Belgium, Hungary, Slovenia, Portugal and North Macedonia and have travelled to these countries. Current projects are focused on cultural identity and on sustainability.
eTwinning is also funded by the European Commission. eTwinning projects take place in the virtual world and pupils work with each other via the dedicated digital platform. Recent projects have won recognition and awards at national and European level.
UCAPE is an association of schools with a shared vision. Its programme helps young people to develop linguistic skills and intercultural understanding. The Association offers regular youth conferences and opportunities for young people to meet. Through the many opportunities available to them, pupils build a portfolio of linguistic, cultural and citizenship experiences which lead to the award of the UCAPE diploma at both junior and senior level.
Connecting Classrooms is a British Council programme which connects schools worldwide. Wellington School has a partner school in Jaipur, India, and our S5 and S6 pupils can join our biannual visit to India and spend time at our partner school.
Year Group Specific Opportunities
Primary 7 pupils may spend three days at our partner school in Dortmund, Germany, with the support of UK German Connection. Every second year, there is an educational trip to France and Belgium for Primary 7 and Senior 1 pupils.
There are group exchanges for pupils in S2 and S3 to France, Germany and Spain. Senior pupils are also offered individual exchanges to Wellington’s partner schools in these countries.
Modern Languages can be combined with almost any degree, making graduates more attractive to employers. Degrees partnered successfully with languages include, but are not limited to, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Law, Accountancy, Business, Music, International Relations, Finance, Engineering, Psychology, and Biomedical Sciences. At least two languages are required for unique courses such as the triple language degree at the University of St Andrews or one of the Interpreting and Translating degrees offered by Heriot Watt University. Many of our leavers continue their language studies at university, often combining their chosen language with another discipline.