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We have links with a number of schools abroad and one of the biggest highlights is our international exchange with Brooks School in Massachusetts, USA. This really engages our Lower VIth as they vie for the right to be the girl and boy chosen to take part in this prestigious exchange.
There are many other trips too: to Italy to experience the historical and linguistic delights of cities like Rome; to the Alps and beyond for ski camps which help pupils to improve their skiing or take it to a more competitive level; and theatre trips to the likes of Stratford upon Avon.
Our Friends of Glenalmond travel awards also allow members of the Upper VIth to fund trips abroad which may be connected with their examination subjects or a charitable cause they want to support. For more information about the FoG travel awards and the Brooks Exchange please click on the links to the left.
The English Department Stratford Trip
This annual event is designed as a two-fold trip that will stimulate our Lower Sixth students before they study the bard in the Upper Sixth as well as offering a break away from Coll after the rigours of the summer examinations. The trip offers a visit to two RSC productions and tours of all Shakespeare properties from the birthplace to Mary Arden's farm where there is an authentic Elizabethan farm complete with live farmers and white carrots! The delights of Stratford are also on offer with the chance to shop in the local farmer's market as well as see Shakespeare's grave, go rowing and lounging in the sun at the park. Possibly the greatest highlight is in meeting with the actors in The Dirty Duck and having the chance to quiz them on their art. The trip runs for three days just after the close of AS examinations in early June.
Every second year a group of pupils spends an intensive nine day period in late March visiting Rome, Ostia, Tivoli, Pompeii and Paestum. Our travellers enjoy the very best of Italian culture and stay for six nights in Rome on the Aventine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and for two nights in Paestum, arguably the "jewel of Campania". A "must" for classicists and historians, the trip is always hugely popular and enjoys a generous financial support from the Andrew Innes Trust. Andrew Innes, who was a Captain of Coll, died in a tragic accident in his early twenties.
Contact: Mr John Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 01738 842030
Each year a trip is organised for Fifth and Sixth Formers to visit Spain for a week. In the last two years, this trip has been to Granada and Valencia.
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In recent years our skiing trips have taken us to Canada, France and Andorra. These trips have proved very popular with both the seasoned skier and the beginner. We always go to large, well-established resorts and stay in good hotels and, wherever possible, ski-in/ski-out .The trips are a great adventure within a safe and careful atmosphere.
For more information see our skiing page under Sports.
The Headmistress of Southern Oxford School in northern Chile visited us to establish an exchange programme. She has hosted several of our pupils and her son was in Matheson's. Chilean students visit Glenalmond in the autumn and our return group generally travel there in July/August. Knowledge of Spanish language is not an essential but of course is highly recommended.
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Geography Field Trips
Geography is a popular A level subject at Glenalmond and in recent years field trips have taken place on a regular basis to Europe and further afield; most recently to Morocco to study Arid Landscapes and the nearest LEDC country (Less Economically Developed Country).
An exchange takes place each year with two schools in Queensland, Australia. One of our girls goes to St Hilda's School, while one of our boys goes to the Southport School, and in turn we host two of their pupils.
Read a report of the Australia Exchange trip which took place in summer 2011.
Other Exchanges and Trips
Our first exchange with Kingswood College in South Africa will take place in summer 2012, for two of our Fourth Form pupils - one boy and one girl.
Other exchanges and trips are organised from time to time to Spain, Germany and France, under the auspices of the Modern Foreign Languages department.