CSSC support students’ Germany trip

By Ballyclare High School on 25 October, 2017

CSSC School Support Officer, Jill Brown, has been instrumental in helping two Ballyclare High pupils to access funding for an exciting opportunity with UK-German Connection.

Melissa Morrisson and Courtney Crawford travelled to Hamburg this month for a weekend youth seminar on the theme of ‘Seas and Oceans’.


Courtney is currently studying German and Biology for A-level, while Melissa studies German and Geography.


At the seminar, which is being organised in collaboration with the British Council in Germany, they had the opportunity to discuss current issues and challenges facing our environment, seas and oceans.


Their teacher Alison Kennedy said:


“Dr Rainey, the Principal, and I are delighted that our pupils have been offered this chance and are hoping that it will have a positive impact on their future studies and careers, and would like to thank CSSC for its support in making this application.”


Jill Brown visited the school in September to assist the pupils with their applications, saying:


“The enthusiasm of the school for the project was excellent. Both Dr Rainey and Mrs Kennedy were very supportive throughout the application process, which in itself is good preparation for the students who will be completing UCAS forms soon.”


“Melissa and Courtney were so excited about the seminar and I am sure they will find it both rewarding and very enjoyable.”


Having returned the students are keen to get the message across that the trip was simply jam packed with interesting and exciting  learning activities.


Melissa Morrisson stated:  “We got a real multi-cultural understanding from mixing with both our German hosts and other UK students also taking part. I learnt a lot of technical German vocabulary which will help me enormously.”


While Courtney Crawford added: “It was an insightful experience and I have made lifelong friends. I would like to thank my school and the CSSC and in particular Jill Brown for affording us this opportunity.”