In the last week of the Christmas Quarter, pupils studying Spanish at Oundle School enjoyed a musical treat in the form of Synergy, a band whose visit was eagerly anticipated as this was not the first time that the captivating duo had visited Oundle.
Synergy, comprising two young men Juan and Glenn,
played Mediterranean, Flamenco and Popular Music, singing and playing the
guitar alongside an interesting percussion instrument known
as ‘un cajón flamenco’ - used in the south of the Spain to accompany flamenco
dancing and thus creating
a rich and vibrant texture.
May-Keston commented, “Much to the
delight of the pupils, the pair were more than happy to take requests from the
the appropriately Christmas themed Mi
Burrito Sabanero and Feliz
Navidad whilst classics such as A Dios Le
Pido were also played. Adding extra spice and amusement to the event,
the audience was invited up to dance and sing along.
concluded, “This was a fantastic way for
everybody to immerse themselves beyond the confines of the classroom and
experience a spectacular aspect of Spanish culture.”
Following the performance,
pupils were invited to ask questions (in Spanish) of the band members, enabling
them to gain insights into their Spanish roots, music in Spain and of course
the country itself. With
seven languages timetabled at Oundle, the event was a perfect opportunity to highlight
the importance of learning about different cultures and nationalities.
information on Oundle’s Adamson Languages Centre
The opening of Oundle School’s Adamson Centre
in 2013 marked a new and exciting phase for the Modern Languages Department and
is the latest completed project in Oundle’s comprehensive and ongoing development
plan. A stunning blend
of traditional architecture and contemporary glass features, the Adamson
Centre, formerly the Sir Peter Scott Building, has been redesigned specifically
with the teaching of foreign languages in mind. In addition to welcoming over
900 pupils a week, the Centre will also provide a hub of excellence within the
wider community of teaching, with staff hosting conferences and lectures to
promote the development of languages.
The Modern Foreign Languages Department is one of the
largest in the School, with seven languages being timetabled: Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. More pupils than ever are
learning two or more languages, with many more taking advantage of the breadth
of clubs, societies and lectures on offer outside the curriculum. A Level and
Pre-U results continue to rise; last summer saw pupils gain 45 A* and A grades
at A2, with 20 Oundelians going on to read one or more languages at university.
The building is named after major
benefactor and former pupil David
Frederic Dobell Adamson who left the School in 1937. He requested that “this bequest be used to improve facilities for and
give opportunities to students to learn to speak and communicate in foreign
The Adamson Centre facilities include:
Rooms: Each classroom
focuses on a single language and culture and is equipped with high quality
audio speakers, an interactive whiteboard and projector.
2 Sony Language
Laboratories: Two dedicated PC suites combine all the features of a
traditional laboratory with the latest multimedia technology, including Sony
Virtuoso language software.
Assistant Pods: Fully equipped with
touch screen computers, these modern glass fronted rooms are designated
specifically for conversation classes and oral examinations.
The Raymond Lee
International Suite: The centre-piece
and ‘hub’ of the Department, this Suite provides a perfect venue for language
conferences, films, lectures from visiting speakers and competitions. It is
equipped with the latest Skype technology, blu-ray cinema system, projector and
Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in
the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of
London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are
dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back
to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers
and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar
School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided
the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants
of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In
2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by
its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation
as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still
renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science
complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now
embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well
as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the
Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the
development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering
and philosophically, enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade
sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new
1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1110 pupils
on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the
Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children
aged 4 to 11.