Hallo, Hola, Salut, Konnichi wa, Ciao, Ni hao, Annyeonghaseyo, Ahoj,
Sah-wahd-dee, Merhaba, Hujambo, Ola, Privyet, Dobryj den, Kóyo...
Our international students make up approximately 16% of our roll, with pupils coming from twenty countries. They are a very welcome addition to Prior Park.
On joining Prior Park, all new boarding students and their parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend a welcome day, which takes place just before the official start of the school term. This gives everyone the opportunity to meet teachers and other key staff, discuss any concerns you may have and address issues such as medical requirements and uniform.
A student induction programme acquaints new pupils with the layout of the school, key personnel and procedures and a ’buddy’ is allocated to support them, particularly in the first few weeks. We hold an International Tea Party at the start of term to welcome all the new international students. This gives them an opportunity to meet each other informally and to meet our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teachers and other key staff.
Our EAL teachers play an active role in the pastoral care of our international students and closely monitor their social and academic progress and routinely liaise with other subject teachers. They also organise social events, speaking competitions and cultural trips for our international students. At Prior, we also encourage our international students to contribute to events throughout the year, where they can share and celebrate each diverse and fascinating culture.
Quiet weekends and half-term holidays
Prior Park has no exeat weekends but we do have four ‘quiet weekends’ throughout the academic year, two in the Michaelmas term and one in the Lent and Summer terms. Boarders may go away for this weekend, to stay with family or friends, or remain in the boarding house. Normal activities, such as sports fixtures, are rested on these weekends and instead boarders can catch up on studies, relax or take part in a boarding house activity.
During half-term holidays, our boarders now have the option of remaining in school. This option works particularly well for our long-haul boarders and those in U5 and U6 who would like stay to study for upcoming exams. House Parents will look after all students who wish to remain, and will arrange a series of activities to be made available to them.