Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Greenwood Academy

On Thursday 26th September, a group of 10 S3 pupils attended the careers' convention organised by the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce at Prestwick Airport for the European Day of Languages. They were the only representatives from North Ayrshire schools present at the event and they were great ambassadors for the school.

During the convention, our young people listened to Barry McGugan of IBM and Meryl James and Janette Kelso of SCILT who discussed the importance of languages in today’s job market and as a tool to becoming part of the international community. They then took part in workshops with members of staff from SCILT, IBM, Turnberry Hotel, Ayr Rugby club and students from Glasgow University, who came from all over Europe and beyond.

This event helped to promote languages and sustain pupils' enthusiasm for the subject. When they came back to school, the pupils told their classes and parents about their experiences and cascaded the message about the importance of languages, not only in the world of work but in other aspects of their future life. It was clear from their feedback that they thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

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