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Saturday, 08 November 2014
The School welcomed Year 11 pupils from the local area on Saturday for a morning of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). Thirty-six external pupils and sixty Bolton School students with an enthusiasm for learning languages attended the event.
The day began with a French-themed welcome breakfast – or rather petit déjeuner Français – in the Riley Centre Café. Pupils then headed into the Riley Centre’s Leverhulme Suite for an address from keynote speaker and Old Girl Andrea Cockram.
After leaving Bolton School in 1996, Andrea went on to read Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at New College, Oxford. She has since spent ten years working in London before moving to Paris in 2010. She is now managing director of IMPACT, a marketing and communications agency based in Paris which she set up in 2013. The agency serves the English-language needs of international companies, from corporate websites, annual reports and investor presentations to sales brochures and news apps for customers and employees. Andrea is also a guest lecturer at CELSA Paris-Sorbonne, the grande école specialising in advertising and communications.
Having worked for clients as diverse as Nespresso, AXA, Disney and Bureau Veritas, Andrea was able to bring an exciting element to the MFL day. Her specialism in international communications allowed her to give the Year 11s an insight into the various applications of translation, and its vital importance, in the world of work.
Pupils also enjoyed language workshops in French, Spanish, German or Russian, and were able to take part in taster sessions in Italian or Arabic. The pupils really enjoyed taking part in the different activities throughout the morning.
A number of Bolton School Sixth Form students assisted with the running of various events.
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