We are fortunate have a good link with a German partner school, the Hildegardis Gymnasium (grammar school) in Kempten. The school, with students of a similar age to ours, is located in Bavaria in southern Germany, which is surrounded by many picturesque views. We have had several very successful visits from and to our partner school during our 8 year relationship. We visit our partner school every other year, with German students and staff visiting us in the year between.At the heart of our exchange visits is the idea of students developing their cultural and linguistic knowledge and we are proud that this has been the case for all visits undertaken. Students who have been involved with the exchanges would also say that, aside from new language skills and knowledge of the German culture, a good number of them had gained friendship, with many of the students still in regular contact.
The Holy Family Catholic School has been partnered with the Darunnajah Islamic Boarding School in Jakarta since March 2006. At that time the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, whilst on a visit to Indonesia, announced the beginning of formal partnerships between schools in the UK and schools in Indonesia. The Holy Family School was invited to be the first school in the UK to take part, due to our extensive work with developing an International dimension within the school, as part of our Specialism as a Language College.
Since then we have developed our link through a programme of professional development for teachers in both countries. This allows for transition of 2 members of staff each year to visit the other country in order to develop an understanding of the different needs of students, and to develop an awareness of the similarities and differences in our two cultures and religions. Since 2013 this link has been extended to a student exchange programme.
In 2005 The Holy Family Catholic School established an Exchange Programme with the High School Kyoto Gakuen in Kyoto, Japan. Students of examination classes are given the opportunity to take part in a home stay programme and experience life at a Japanese school. While in Kyoto, the students also have opportunity to undertake some sightseeing.
The Holy Family Catholic School initiated a link partnership with Matara Central College in Sri Lanka in 2006. This link has always been funded by the British Council and it has allowed for teacher exchanges as well as student exchanges when funds are available.
Current school links
Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda
Pakistan, Guadeloupe, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Ireland, Bulgaria, Russia, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Peru