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  International taster
An international delegation of visitors from 13 different countries has been learning more about life in a North of England boarding school.
Sixteen agents from as far away as Mexico and Brazil to Vietnam and Japan spent the day at Barnard Castle School, in County Durham.
They toured the boarding facilities, observed lessons, saw facilities for sport including the shooting range and watched a performance of
the junior musical. In the evening, the visitors, accompanied by headmaster Tony Jackson and all the school’s senior leaders, went next door to the Bowes Museum for a drinks reception.
Some of the school’s star musicians and vocalists then performed a short concert in the Blue Gallery, including a song last sung at the war graves in Ypres to remember the school’s 145 boys and five staff who were killed in the Great War.
The day ended with dinner back at the school’s Victorian panelled dining room.
Mr Jackson explained: “Students who board at Barney are an integral and valued part of our diverse school community and we welcome boys and girls from many countries across the world.
“Our agent partners play an important role in helping us
Pictured: Students from Barnard Castle School perform before international education agents at Bowes Museum, accompanied by director of music Simon Dearsley
WLSA membership
to promote the school and the region in their home countries. It
is important that they visit and
get a taste of life at Barney so
they can then make an informed and accurate recommendation to prospective pupils and their families.
“Our students enjoyed showing them around and answering their
to take part. Already, pupils have been invited to attend South Korea for a conference on Human Condition.
WSLA comments that the conference in South Korea “will discuss issues such as how to handle stress and anxiety, the role of social media and technology in the lives of students, why cross cultural
questions and it was gratifying to hear so many positive comments from the visitors about the school, the museum and the local area.
In particular they highlighted how engaging our pupils were, how fondly they spoke of their school and how at ease they were with adult visitors”.
leadership is important and dealing with the pressures of getting into top universities. We will also have
a college fair with ten leading American universities. There will also be a wonderful sports programme led by Harvard basketball player alumni Zena Edosomwan that consists of daily basketball, swimming, football, golf, yoga and ping pong.”
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, has been accepted as a member of the prestigious World Leading Schools Association after successfully completing a rigorous inspection visit and application process.
The WLSA Foundation has created an international network of secondary schools with the aim of
developing cultural understanding and exchanging innovative ideas and experiences.
Merchiston joins other UK schools such as Cheltenham Ladies College, Eton College, Harrow, Marlborough College, Millfield, Oakham, Oundle, Tonbridge School and Winchester.
Membership offers pupils some exceptional opportunities in which
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