Media Release: Aberdeen schoolboy wins scholarship for course in Germany

A FIFTH-year pupil at Robert Gordon’s College has won a place on a German Pupil Course, partly funded by the German government.

Patrick Watson, a will jet off to Germany in August and spend two weeks in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, Rheinland-Pfalz.

He will attend daily German lessons, learning not only about the language but also the local culture and experience German school life.

The scheme is run by UK-German Connection, an organisation promoting partnership between Germany and Britain. Competition for places is high – there were only 24 available places across the UK.

The talented language student will be staying with a host family, giving him the opportunity to experience daily life in Germany whilst having the opportunity to visit Eiscafés with his new friends and see various places of interest.

Mrs Ulrike Plasberg, teacher of German, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for Patrick who has done extremely well in his German studies. This real-life experience will compliment his classroom learning and allow him to really appreciate the culture, language and lifestyle first hand of such a beautiful country.”

Patrick joined Robert Gordon’s College in 2004 and has continued his education into S5.

He is also studying Higher French and Spanish this year and hoping to do Higher Italian in sixth year before applying to study languages at university.

Patrick has seen great achievements in not only his academic studies but also his sporting success as captain of the school football team throughout his senior years whilst playing cricket, representing the school in basketball and playing rugby for the A team during his early senior years.

Head of College, Mr Hugh Ouston adds: “We are delighted for Patrick who has received just reward for his hard work in his Higher German studies. Opportunities in languages start early at Gordon’s, with specialist language teaching from Nursery.

“We currently have over 80 pupils studying Higher languages, including French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish with opportunities to explore Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.”


Media contact:

Shelley Foreman, Robert Gordon’s College, 07812 890463

Notes for editors:

• Photo opportunities are available by arrangement with Shelley Foreman.

• Robert Gordon’s College educates 1574 children from the age of 4-18 on their campus on Schoolhill, Aberdeen.

• Patrick Watson lives in Aberdeen and is 16 years of age.

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