Ten years ago the German Federal Foreign Office launched a project called “Schools: Partners of the Future”. Its aim is to create and strengthen a global network of partner schools with special links to Germany. The UK PASCH network is implemented by the Goethe-Institut.
Since its foundation the network has been growing on a global scale. Today over 2,000 schools with around 600,000 pupils have joined the PASCH schools network and are recognised as schools of excellence worldwide.
The common denominator of all PASCH schools is their ability to stimulate and sustain interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany and the German language in young people as well as to connect German language students all over the world.
St Brendan’s has been selected alongside the other UK PASCH schools Tomlinscote School & Sixth Form College (Frimley), Leighton Academy (Crewe), Bishopbriggs Academy (Bishopbriggs), Colyton Grammar School (Devon) and Farlingaye High School (Suffolk).
Dr Susanne Frane, Deputy Head of Culture at the German Embassy London, welcomed St Brendan’s dedication to the teaching of German:
With this commitment [as a new PASCH school] St Brendan’s leads the way. Your membership in our global [PASCH] community of people with a lifelong attachment to our country helps to ensure that Germany’s voice continues to be heard and understood in the world of the 21st century but also that the communication channels between Germany and the UK remain wide open. And indeed the ability to speak another language – now and post-Brexit – is of the utmost intercultural and economic importance.
Dr Georgia Herlt, the Deputy Director of the Goethe-Institut London, and Michael Jaffrain, the Headteacher of St Brendan’s, both emphasised the significance of German in and for both the UK and the Bristol region and above all the manifold opportunities for students through PASCH.
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