the end of September, a group of 14 Argentinean pupils from Colegio Santa Maria
de Luján, Buenos Aires, travelled to Oundle, where they spent 10 days
sampling boarding school life at the School, going to classes with their Oundle
exchange partners and spending an Exeat weekend at home with their Oundle
exchanges and their families.
teacher and trip organiser, Richard Charters commented, “The Argentineans commented on the wonderful experiences that they had
and on the wonderful hospitality they had received from the Oundle families.
They did anything from riding quad bikes around farms to going on the London
Eye to having lunch at the Houses of Parliament!”
October, a group of 15 Oundle pupils travelled to Buenos Aires for the second
leg of the exchange staying with their hosts. They were based in a quiet yet
pretty northern suburb of Buenos Aires near the river. One pupil was taken to
the Iguassu falls and many were lucky enough to go sailing on the fabulous
delta over the weekend. Most pupils attended a football match and all were
treated to huge Argentinean steaks! Oundle pupils attended School in the
mornings and then did activities in the afternoon which ranged from sightseeing
to visits to a local cowboy ranch where they went riding.
added, “Many of the Oundle pupils were in
tears as we left. They all felt that they had made lots of new friends and had
thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful Argentinean hospitality. We plan to repeat the
exchange in the autumn term of 2015.”
Upper Sixth Form pupil, Octavia Morgan
(18) commented, “A two week Spanish
language exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina was a slightly daunting prospect. My
Spanish was certainly put to the test. Culturally, as a group of people,
Argentineans are warm, loud, passionate and above all, welcoming. No matter
where you are, what language you speak, what type of school you go to,
teenagers will still always be teenagers. Within the first few hours of my
first day in Buenos Aires I realised my exchange partner and I had so much in
common including the same taste in music! She exposed me to her way of life
which was intensely different to mine. She is one of twelve, so dinner time
every day was a feast, full of plates upon plates of Argentinean cuisine; my favourite
being milanesa and empanadas.
eleven days we spent in Argentina passed by very quickly; each day was a
diverse and exciting array of activities or learning opportunities.
to know Buenos Aires was a fantastic experience as well. We were accompanied by
members of the Upper School at Colegio Santa Maria as well two teachers who
gave us invaluable knowledge about the city we were just getting to know. Over
two days we explored the infamous Boca stadium, a selection of beautiful
Catholic churches, La Recoleta cemetery and wandered around the Plaza de Mayo
and the Casa Rosada, where the Argentine President works. Despite all these
activities being incredible, I look back on my time in Argentina and remember
it for the people I met there. I am lucky enough to be returning to Buenos
Aires next year and will be able to see my friends again. I am sure that everyone
on the exchange has made a lifelong friend. With nearly the whole exchange in
tears when we finally had to say goodbye, I am without doubt that this trip had
an impact on every student that took part.”
Publicity and Press Relations Officer
Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.