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03/04/20

Very proud of our very own Dr Davies!! https://t.co/e1Ji1Xo6Et

03/04/20

Good Morning! Our online school closes today for the Easter holidays. We continue to offer an emergency childcare provision. We will be back online Monday 20th April and wish our families a safe and happy Easter break.

02/04/20

Over 100 pairs of science goggles and some masks ready to donate to Croydon Hospital! We are happy to be supporting our NHS! https://t.co/0BtVd4PL3n

23/03/20

Well done to our students and incredible teachers!! A great first day our virtual school! So much work submitted and great to know our young people are safe and well! We miss you and look forward to seeing you online tomorrow

22/03/20

Dear Parents and Carers of Meridian - Please follow the guidance before sending your children to school. https://t.co/6DWaMXAZtD

22/03/20

We are prepared to provide basic childcare to support our young people who have keyworker parents/EHCP/Vulnerable. We do insist all parents only send their child to school as a last resort as directed by government. If they can, they should stay safe at home. https://t.co/P2V3OoBl2p

21/03/20

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

“If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. “ https://t.co/0WdLamZnCC

21/03/20

An open letter to Year 11 students: Always be brave, always be kind and always be you! Each week a letter to a different year group will be shared https://t.co/yxNyFfWTRp

21/03/20

Current Status: Meridian High School is now closed. Children of keyworkers and considered vulnerable can attend our temporary childcare unit. We are so proud of our young people and will continue to support them online. Google Classrooms go live Monday!

19/03/20

Current status: Thursday 19th March We are open to Year 10 and 11 only. All students who are eligible for Free School Meals can collect lunches between 12pm and 1pm today. Please call our support line if you need support: 07585912659

18/03/20

Current status for Wednesday 19th March: School will be open for Year 10 and 11 only. We are expecting an announcement from the government this evening. Further updates will follow.

18/03/20

Current status: We are open to Year 10 and 11 only Wednesday 18th March please keep an eye out for further updates

17/03/20

Current status for Wednesday 18th March: Open to Year 10 and 11 only. An updated letter has been emailed to all Parents and Carers.

17/03/20

We have made the difficult decision to close the school to Year 7, 8 and 9 due to high numbers of staff absence. Year 10 and 11 should come in as normal and will follow the normal school day. We appreciate your support during this time. Further updates to follow today

16/03/20

Due to the government announcement made this afternoon, please keep an eye on all announcements via our website and social media accounts. We will inform parents of any changes ASAP.

16/03/20

Tuesday 17th March: Meridian High School will be open as usual to all students. Please keep an eye on daily updates!

15/03/20

Meridian High School is open as normal tomorrow! Daily guidance and communications will be sent to parents and carers. We look forward to seeing our young people.

10/03/20

Meridian High School would like to thank the Safer Schools Police Team for supporting a very successful organised operation this morning. The students were very patient and mature and we are proud to continue to keep our young people safe.

08/03/20

Celebrating INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Meridian High School March 8, 2020 https://t.co/UYfPCdSvYp

05/03/20

Happy World Book Day from Staff at Meridian High School! https://t.co/h8jt0wlYin

Spanish

What is Spanish for at Meridian High School?

The Modern Foreign Languages Department (MFL) at Meridian High is passionate about the benefits learning foreign languages can bring. We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and that learning should be fun and rewarding for all students. Studying with us will mean that students of all abilities can become confident and effective communicators in a variety of context on a cultural as well as linguistic level. The study of Spanish covers a range of themes, including; relationships, technology and media, music, sport, customs and careers.

Why does Spanish as a subject matter?

Language learning is vital for the UK’s future prosperity and global standing as it is key to our trade relations, national security and diplomacy. The most recent CBI skills survey showed that almost two thirds of UK’s businesses need foreign language skills – and expect that to grow as more firms break into new, fast-growing markets. The problem is many UK businesses have given up on home-grown talent and rely on translators or hire abroad. 

There is no doubt therefore that our economy needs more of our young people, not fewer, to develop at least functional language skills for our future trade and exports. 

Here are the thoughts of the Principal of the British School in Tokyo who wanted to contribute to the CBI’s Languages for the Future report: “I have never met an adult who has retained a sense of resentment about being made to learn a language. In fact the opposite is true. The expression of regret I hear most often is ‘I wish I’d kept up my French (Spanish, Polish, Japanese…).”

What does Spanish help young people to achieve?

At Meridian, we strive to equip our students for the 21st century. Learning Spanish now will therefore mean that students gain confidence to ‘have-a-go’ whether that be in work or on holiday. It will equip our young people to take on the very real possibility, later on in their careers, of having to learn another language in the work place. However, competition for jobs can be intense and so it is critical to find ways to differentiate yourself from other applicants. Having functional language skills does just that! 

Furthermore, for those students considering a university course there is great news. Many forward-thinking universities are offering students the opportunity to study a language alongside another degree subject. This fantastic opportunity will be seized by those students - our students - who have a positive mind set to languages.  

So, with enhanced employability options, the boost to creative thinking as well as the acquisition of soft skills like getting better at conversational speaking, learning a language can be so rewarding.

These wonderful quotations sum up what can be achieved:

 “With languages, you are at home anywhere.” – Edmund De Waal OBE (British Author and Artist)

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” ‒ Flora Lewis (Columnist and Journalist for New York Times)

 


Qualification title:

AQA GCSE Spanish (8698)

Additional learning resources:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698/subject-content/communication-strategies

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/