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17/09/20

Great to virtually meet potential new Meridian Parents/Carers and students this evening during our first virtual open event!

17/09/20

Welcome to our wonderful school! Click the link for our virtual tour! https://t.co/ZyJT2d12dV

17/09/20

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers, Please do not worry if you have not registered for one of our virtual open events tonight. You can click the link below to join one of our future events! https://t.co/Ci4eUZcEO6

17/09/20

Check out our new Prospectus! https://t.co/Qm836rOszk

17/09/20

Meet Miss Ledingham! https://t.co/EPMyr81Mng

10/09/20

Meet Mrs Watson! Mrs Watson is our Senior Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. https://t.co/PbLpRBaBF9

09/09/20

Fantastic first attempt at some creative writing from our students today! https://t.co/k8P3cU5xTg

09/09/20

Parents and carers of Year 6 looking for secondary schools please see the dates below of our virtual events! Register your interest via our website to book and we will send you an online link to join a presentation with https://t.co/F4RlS1FRFX

09/09/20

Meet Mr Cook! Mr Cook is our Deputy Headteacher here at Meridian High https://t.co/X1fwukgRz3

08/09/20

Retweeted From Claire-Louise West, FCCT

DM me if you want to chat about this awesome role! !

08/09/20

Excellent organisation of our periodic tables in science today https://t.co/9rldz1KUN6

08/09/20

Meet Mrs Anderson! Mrs Anderson is our Head of School here at Meridian High! https://t.co/gRiNzillQF

07/09/20

Meet Mrs Brooks! Mrs Brooks is our fantastic Executive Headteacher here at Meridian High. https://t.co/BtESyEsXOg

04/09/20

All of the Meridian students were back today! Each and every one showing why, in our school, we have the most resilient, adaptable and mature young people! Well done students, teachers and parents and carers. Great start!

04/09/20

Some additional members of Team MHS completing their First Aid training! https://t.co/sPTHf5OwWz

03/09/20

Our wonderful Ready to Learn room all ready for our students to return tomorrow! https://t.co/pq8l2SzWPZ

03/09/20

Such a brilliant first day of students back in today! Year 7 were busy working on their career plans for the future! Lots of careful thought on career pathways and what subjects they need! Excellent example of our core value AMBITION! https://t.co/fZ2lLzd7NQ

03/09/20

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

Such a fantastic day welcoming our year 7 and 11 students back! Smiling, happy faces from both staff and students. Cannot wait to see the return of year 7, 8 and especially my awesome year group year 10! https://t.co/aumKgRFjQE

28/08/20

A reminder of our school day for each year group for next week... we are so looking forward to seeing our students back! https://t.co/nzFxMjrh4k

23/08/20

Retweeted From Amy Anderson

A little preview of our carefully crafted knowledge books ready for our students returning https://t.co/Gis1cYjSCz

Spanish

Spanish 5 year learning journey

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/