Newport Free Grammar School’s Italian exchange programme reaches 20 years

16:55 30 January 2014

The students enjoying their trip to Venice.

The students enjoying their trip to Venice.

Archant

Newport Free Grammar School has celebrated a significant milestone after the the Italian exchange programme reached its 20th year.

And Janet Strong, head of Modern Foreign Languages, marked her own personal achievement having been on every single exchange trip since the programme commenced at the school in the early 90s.

The group – 20 students and two teachers – stayed in the historic walled town of Spilimbergo in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northern Italy.

Mrs Stong said: “I have taught at the academy since 1989 and the extensive exchange programme is something that I thoroughly enjoy about working at the school.

“The students find the exchange trips so valuable and an important tool in learning foreign languages. They are submerged in a foreign culture and in doing so gain a real appreciation of the language they are studying.”

The trip included a personal welcome from the mayor, two days in Venice, a visit to the only mosaic school in northern Europe and a guided tour of the Vajont dam disaster area. The students also took part in work experience in a local primary school where they learnt about the education system and the integration of immigrant children.

Newport will host the Italian exchange students in April.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 03:24
Two flags - European Union and Great Britain

The majority of the Uttlesford electorate has voted in favour to leave the European Union.

Yesterday, 06:28
The EU Referendum count at Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford.

East Anglian voters want a Brexit, backing the national picture following yesterday’s referendum.

Yesterday, 05:07
UKIP MP Douglas Carswell hugs his wife Clementine Carswell after his general election win in Clacton.

Leave campaigners are beginning to celebrate a victory as a Brexit looks all but certain – with Essex districts all backing the out vote.

Yesterday, 04:09
Two flags - European Union and Great Britain

Residents in South Cambridgeshire have voted in favour to remain in the European Union.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters: