Hamilton College’s links with international agencies, as well as Schools and Universities globally, gives our pupils the opportunities to broaden their experiences, learn about other cultures, improve their language and communication skills, and, in certain circumstances, make a direct contribution to families in developing countries.
Hamilton College welcomed two students from Angola into the school for four weeks in January. Brother and sister, Nay and Nilda, warmed our hearts as they fully integrated into Hamilton College life, with Nilda displaying her talented artistic skills and Nay showing his passion and ability in musical performance. We wish them well for the future.
Also in January, 34 staff and pupils enjoyed five days skiing in Folgaria, Italy, for the 8th Annual Ski Trip. In addition to ski instruction, the group enjoyed ice skating, a visit to a patisserie, the annual quiz night, and a slalom race. Six S6 pupils also used the experience to complete the residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award by organising one of the evening activities.
24 pupils and staff departed from the College in November to travel to Berlin. They visited major tourist attractions and experienced a variety of Christmas Markets. This annual visit gives pupils the opportunity to practice their German language skills.
Hamilton College was pleased to continue its link with Driestar University by welcoming a group of 12 Dutch heads, deputes, and university lecturers to Hamilton College in October 2014. This is the sixth year in which a group of students have visited Hamilton College.
Former Principal, Miss Clarke was privileged to represent Hamilton College at the ECCEN (European Conference for Christian Education in the Netherlands) conference for school leaders and teachers in Christian Schools across Europe held in September 2014. The focus for the conference was on The place and value of leadership in Christian Education in the school, in the classroom and in society.
Hamilton College pupils spent two weeks in Tanzania in July 2014 with the Vine Trust. The group were undertaking basic building work and labouring for local craftsmen and community volunteers. As well as the building work, the pupils welcomed the opportunity to visit schools and orphanages, and organised a range of activities for the children. The final few days were spent on safari in the Tarangire National Park and then at the Ngorongora Crater.
As part of an on-going link with Driestar University in The Netherlands, Hamilton College welcomed four students from the university for one week in May 2014. Their placement saw them working mostly in the Senior School, however they also visited the Junior School classes.
Two student teachers from the Indiana Wesleyan University worked within the College for five weeks during March and April 2014, as part of their Cross Cultural Student Teacher Programme.