German Exchange 2017

February 22, 2017

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Hele’s School students and staff spent a week in Germany over the Half Term break, forging new friendships with students from the Marienschule in Limburg an der Lahn, a beautiful town in Hesse, not too far from Frankfurt. Students from Years 10 and 11 who are studying GSCE German were hosted in German families and experienced first-hand what life is like for young people in Germany today. The first culture shock was a 7:30 start in school on our first day – for many,  this meant leaving the house just after 6:30 to get the bus/ train into the town!! On the other hand the 1 o’clock finish was appreciated, and our students realised just how much homework can be done when you have the whole afternoon to do it. During the afternoons we spent time with families and many students got involved with sporting activities, musical events or learnt new board games to overcome any language barriers. As confidence grew students soon picked up new words and phrases and were delighted to show these off to accompanying staff.

Hele’s students visited Schloss Freudenberg in Wiesbaden, and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz with their partners and teachers, as well as numerous other local towns and attractions with their host families. Frankfurt, Marburg, Koblenz and Cologne were popular locations and a snowy start to the weekend gave an added frisson of excitement to the trip.

We look forward to welcoming our German partners back to Hele’s immediately after the Easter weekend, where they will experience life in a busy secondary school and no doubt enjoy some traditional family life. I know they are looking forward to seeing our beautiful city, and tasting fish and chips!

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