Hamilton College’s links with international agencies, as well as schools and universities globally allows 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.
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.
Also in October 2014, two Advanced Higher history students travelled to Poland as part of the Holocaust Education Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme. Hamza Ashraf and Jan Meinicke are now organising events within the school as part of their ambassadorial role.
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.
Gregor Towers (S4) spent part of this summer holiday on a UK-German Connection summer course gaining first-hand experience of German life and culture. The course is designed for pupils who demonstrated achievements in German and, annually, attracts applicants from all over the UK to compete for places.
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. The pupils experienced the stark realities of life in a developing world and we were able to make a direct contribution to some of the poorest families. 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. Pupils in S2 were given an informative presentation about The Netherlands.
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.
Hamilton College was pleased to be part of a student exchange with the Master’s Christian Day School in Connecticut during Term 1 in 2013. S6 pupil, Sophie Garrett also visited Harvard and Yale Universities.
“I am so grateful that I was able to be part of the exchange and hope that I have encouraged others to do the exchange or something adventurous during their final year of school.”
In October 2013, then Head Boy Callum Bayne and Head Girl Lucy Begbie visited Auschwitz Birkenau with the Holocaust Education Trust. As part of their ambassadorial roles, Calum created artwork which went on public display at Hamilton College in February 2014, and Lucy delivered lessons to senior classes on the importance of political participation.
2008 – 2011
In summers of 2008 - 2011, S6 pupils, teachers, parents and friends went to Burkina Faso to spend just over two weeks working with A.E.A.D (in English, Evangelistic Association for Social Development), who run two schools, a Medical centre and a skills centre for young men to learn trades and crafts. This is part of Tearfund's "Transform" Project. The Transform programme's philosophy is that in making a small transformation in the lives of others, a much bigger transformation occurs in the lives of the young people.
Over the four years the teams got involved in a variety of projects including tree-planting, painting buildings, building and repair work and teaching English.
The team also brought out 15 new compact PC’s from Scotland thanks to a donation and these were installed in the school in Ouagadougou. These computers allowed the students to do research and complete work that they would have otherwise been unable to do.
The trips have had a profound effect on all participants. They felt that, on returning to the UK, they had a better understanding of the culture they experienced and of themselves.
In 2011, Hamilton College developed a formal link with the Burkina Faso school through the British Council's Schools Partnerships Programme, it is hoped that both schools will benefit in many curricular areas.
Rebecca Docherty completed a work placement with South Lanarkshire Television. Her assignment was to produce a short video. She chose to focus this on Burkina Faso and Hamilton College’s involvement and links there.