A new school is of course quite daunting: a new building, new classmates, different teachers and new subjects. We have an extensive induction programme so that Year 1 students very quickly feel at home at Wolfert Bilingual. The mentor and junior mentor (a student from the upper school) play a significant role in this process.
During their first days at school, all students in Year 1 take part in a special introduction programme in our international city of Rotterdam. The introduction programmes closes with a fun school party.
Language trip in Year 2
In Year 2, all students in the bilingual stream go on an unforgettable language trip to the English city of Bath. They stay with a host family. In the mornings they attend a Language School in Bath, where they have English lessons and work on various assignments. In the afternoons various excursions are organised for our students.
Exchange in Year 3
In year 3, all students in the bilingual stream take part in an exchange programme with young people from another country. This is an amazing opportunity to acquire international knowledge and new experiences and to make the acquaintance of new cultures. The exchange programme for vwo-3 students is with students from Germany, and for havo-3 students with students from Spain.
For small groups of students there are further opportunities for exchanges with students from countries such as China, India, Germany and Italy.
These exchanges are additional and are therefore not included in the standard parental contribution for Wolfert Bilingual.
Culture trip vwo-4
In Year 4 of vwo, our students visit Dublin, where they get not only an introduction to Irish culture, but also the opportunity to improve their English language skills further at a language school. Vwo-4 students from Wolfert College have a cultural trip to Florence.
International internship in the pre-exam year
The aim of the international social internship is for Wolfert Bilingual students to make an active contribution to society through volunteer activities, while at the same time developing good citizenship and their own skills. This internship is a compulsory element of our curriculum and is included in the Programme of Testing and Achievement (PTA) (Programma van Toetsing en Afsluiting) for student from the bilingual havo-4 and vwo-5 streams. Wolfert Bilingual offers students the chance to choose from a large number of projects organised by the school in countries such as Macedonia, Bosnia, Romania, India, Indonesia, Gambia, Morocco and South Africa. These choices are of course also open to Wolfert College students in havo-4 and vwo-5.
Wolfert Bilingual students undertake a range of activities to raise money for their internship. These include bake-sales in the school breaks and during parents’ evenings, clothes collections and hosting benefit dinners. There is also the annual International Food Fair where local specialities are sold, along with home-made drinks and snacks. It also features a fashion show with clothing from various cultures and musical performances. The income from all these activities is used to buy equipment, materials, food, etc. for the various projects.