‘PASCH – Schools: Partners of the Future’ was launched by the German Federal Foreign Office over ten years ago. Its aim is to create and strengthen a global network of partner schools with special links to Germany. The UK PASCH network with currently 9 member schools is implemented by the Goethe-Institut.
Richmond School and Sixth Form College, St. Hilda’s and LSA Technology and Performing Arts College celebrated the launch respectively on 30 January, 22 January and 11 February with music, poems and sketches excellently performed by their pupils showcasing their enthusiasm and skills in German.
These three schools have been selected alongside the other UK PASCH schools Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College (Frimley), Leighton Academy (Crewe), Bishopbriggs Academy (Bishopbriggs), Colyton Grammar School (Devon), Farlingaye High School (Suffolk) and St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol).
Dr Susanne Frane, Deputy Head of Culture at the German Embassy London, and Dr Georgia Herlt, the Deputy Director of the Goethe-Institut London, joined the head teachers, governors, local dignitaries (among them e.g. the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool), teachers as well as students of all three schools on the occasion of the launches. Dr Frane emphasised the significance of German in and for the UK and manifold opportunities for pupils through PASCH:
“Through your German language skills and your special affinity with Germany you will not only become participants but drivers of a virtual global network and internet-based learning platform by reaching out to hundreds of thousands of other students across the world. You will be able to explore how Germans and Germany tick by interacting with German students and German-speaking peers in other countries. Your shared learning will be a basis for our shared future.”
The Pasch Initiative