Over the summer, Oundle School pupil, Hayden Frith (17) took part in a ‘World Wide Chile Internship’ in Santiago de Chile.
Hayden commented, “After taking part in the Argentina Exchange School trip last year, I wanted to get to know more about the South American culture. Chile sounded like an intriguing country so I decided to go for a month to make sure I was getting maximum exposure to Chilean culture.”
During his stay, Hayden worked as an intern for the International Relations office at Andres Bello University in the centre of Santiago. Work included filing information about the incoming exchange students from all over South America and Europe, translating a Spanish brochure into English and welcoming the exchange students to the University.
Hayden added, “Overall, I felt the experience helped build my character making me more receptive to foreign students’ needs. In addition, the experience taught me about independence and how to rely on oneself when faced with new situations.”
It was not all work and Hayden was able to visit Valparaiso, a beautiful seaside city about an hour away from the capital and also a vineyard called Cousiño Macul which had been owned by a Portuguese family for 150 years.
Hayden concluded, “The history of Chile had to be one of the most interesting topics that I learned about during my stay. It was somewhat of a sad tale that had finished with a happy ending regarding Pinochet and the end of his reign in 1990.
My experience in Santiago de Chile was extremely positive and uplifting. I would highly recommend the internship to anyone who is interested due to the many ways in which it can improve both your cultural understanding and your experience in the working world.”
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates 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 Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2016, the School completed its ambitious SciTec project, uniting Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. The development includes the ground-breaking Patrick Engineering Centre, a new Mathematics department and an extension to its sixteen state-of-the-art Science laboratories. Oundle has now embarked on a detailed Sports MasterPlan which will significantly upgrade sporting facilities across the School by 2020, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.