Español at Kirkintilloch High School!

August saw the introduction of Spanish at Kirkintilloch High School with senior pupils undertaking the Spanish for Work Purposes Award. Pupils have identified the benefits of learning this fast-growing language with an impressive number of pupils opting to study for this award. One S6 pupil said, ‘I chose to study Spanish this year and I am really enjoying it so far. I am learning valuable phrases and skills which can help me find work in the future. I would highly recommend studying Spanish as with hard work and commitment it is relatively easy to grasp and is great fun!’ (Rennie Wishart, S6)

Although they embarked on the course as complete beginners, pupils have already acquired an impressive vocabulary and range of skills in Spanish. They are reading job adverts, preparing their CV in Spanish and will take part in a job interview in Spanish. Pupils are relishing the challenge of learning a second foreign language and are using their language skills very effectively in an employability context. They are excellent ambassadors for language learning for our younger pupils in promoting the personal and professional benefits of language learning!

Meanwhile our S1 pupils have already expressed a keen interest in following in the footsteps of the senior pupils. They have been participating in a Spanish Club which allows them to learn some Spanish and share their enthusiasm for all things Hispanic! The school is also just about to embark on an exciting project with our cluster primaries which will allow us to work in collaboration with primary colleagues to develop the 1+2 approach and implement an enjoyable and successful language experience for pupils.

Given their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment, pupils are sure to experience continued success as they progress in their language learning!

Gillian Foley, Kirkintilloch High School