In this complex and global society such an observation has never been more apt. In today’s economic climate one in four jobs is related to international trade. International links enable students to gain experience so that they can direct global change rather than be pushed by it. We also aim to instil in our students values of compassion, creativity, independence, initiative, respect and resilience. We recognise that we are part of a global community and are proud of the international dimension we have developed in our school. We aim for our students to develop moral integrity and become responsible global citizens. We encourage debate on moral issues including those linked to scientific development, wealth creation and personal values.
Our partnership with Eden High School, Uganda, began in 2001 and is firmly intertwined with the fabric of our school life. The annual three week visit to Uganda by up to 20 Year 13 students is described as a life changing experience. Whilst there our students are absorbed into the framework of African life. It opens their eyes to a thoroughly different, and intensely real, world, and one that cannot be captured in any other way. It is always a wholly beneficial experience, both for our students and for the students and staff at Eden High School. Annual visits to Herts & Essex by two staff from Eden are eagerly anticipated and enrich our curriculum across all ages and subject areas. Throughout the year the students and staff at Herts & Essex participate in a variety of charitable events to raise money for Eden High School. The staff and students at Eden are enormously grateful for our commitment and support, and in turn we value the experience and opportunities our students gain from it immensely.
Click here for a photographic overview of the Eden High School community and the work done over the last ten years.
Our link with Maria Ward Schule in Mainz, Germany, has been strong and mutually beneficial for thirty years. As our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum changed, so did the link. From being a German language exchange it became a cutting edge Science exchange. Each year a group of Year 10 students from Maria Ward spend five days as guests of Herts & Essex students and enjoy a range of scientific activities which include an extended practical investigation, a visit to the Sanger Centre (Genome research) and a trip to the Planetarium at Greenwich. On the return visit to Germany our students visit, amongst other things, Juwi Holdings in Worrstad, a world leader in alternative energy technologies, and investigate huge range of fossils at the Messel tar pits.
As a result of our vibrant links with Germany and Uganda we have twice been awarded the prestigious International School Award.
In Activities week each year Year 9 students are offered residential visits to Italy (Pompeii and Vesuvius), Barcelona (with a focus on Art) and the Spanish coast (for watersports). We have French and Spanish language exchange visits, and Year 12 trips to Cambodia and New York are planned.
Some of our Year 12 students are currently in Cambodia. You can read their blog at www.hecambodia.blog.com
We believe wholeheartedly in cultivating international links; they are a very important part of the fabric of Herts & Essex. Through them staff and students are able to challenge stereotypes and to experience different cultures from a position of friendship and understanding.
“No man is an island”