Forays into new languages, using cookery to consolidate learning, exchanges and taking language learning beyond PGS. It has been a busy term for our pupils!

Year 8 had the opportunity to experience and explore different languages one morning this term. They had short lessons in Russian and Italian, they prepared Italian, Spanish and eastern Mediterranean inspired food, and tried their hand at Mandarin character painting. The pupils were encouraged to think about what languages they could study during their time at PGS and how it could influence their future.

During February half term, Year 11 pupils headed off to Montpellier where they stayed with host families, while studying French and increasing their linguistic skills. During their visit they took part in a number of activities like exploring a Roman amphitheatre and playing boules! They also spent the mornings in the language school. “It was quite demanding,” said Will Nelson-Smith, one of the pupils on the trip. “But we always had fun, doing diverse things like role-playing an EU summit to discuss climate change!” Everyone had a great time, finding it rewarding to be able to speak French in a native environment.

It was fantastic to welcome pupils from Santa Maria Marianistas in Vitoria for the Portsmouth half of our exchange programme. The pupils had a wonderful time during their visit thanks to the hospitality of our host families, and there were a few tears as our Year 10 pupils bid farewell to them. Strong friendships had certainly been forged during the exchange and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with the school.

Towards the end of term there was the traditional tapas feast produced by the Year 9 Spanish pupils. Once more it proved to be a popular activity with not only the pupils taking part, but also with the teachers who came to enjoy the fruits of their labours. With a range of plates to try including ensalada de jamon serrano, tartaletas de espinaca y queso and ensaladilla rusa, the pupils introduced their dishes with fluency and enthusiasm!

Food has also been an inspiration for the Sixth Form Ignite! Programme with pupils enjoying pasta making whilst learning a little Italian!

Finally, it was great news to hear that some of our language pupils have secured offers from Oxford University colleges for their studies after PGS: Dominic Ager has an offer to read French and Italian (Lincoln, Oxford), Daniel Fremantle to read Spanish and Portuguese (Trinity, Oxford) and Tilly Goldman to read French (St Hilda’s, Oxford). Congratulations and good luck to them all.