German Exchange Visit 2017
We were delighted to host the German students and staff as part of the exchange programme. This review is written by Ben Rice and Will Maidment
When the German exchange students came to England we had a great time! From the 4th to the 11th of June they did a variety of activities including a visit to West Midlands Safari Park. They also went to The Black Country Museum; experienced two days at Arden; visited Stratford-upon-Avon and we were also allowed to go which was really informative and fun learning about the life of William Shakespeare. On Friday, our exchange partners went in to Solihull for a few hours. Then in the afternoon joined us for the last two lessons of the week, where they experienced some German and Science lessons – they enjoyed these a lot and it was good for us to show them the style in which we learn in England. It was a good week! Outside of school we visited local places with our partners and had the opportunity to show them what we do when not at school. They were also able to eat and see things they would not usually experience in Germany. This week improved and expanded their already very good English vocabulary. It was a great experience for all of us and well worth it!
Year 9 students recently enjoyed a week in Germany as part of the German exchange programme with our partner school Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium in Schwalbach am Tanus. The German exchange helps our students become immersed in the language and culture of the country and has received many positive reviews from our students.
"The German exchange trip was one of the best experiences of my life. I became very good friends with my partner and all the other German students. During the week I enjoyed getting know the other exchange students from going to the park and getting together in the evenings as well as during the day trips. One my favourite activities was the Dialog Museum in Frankfurt which I really enjoyed, I also found the Roman Fort in Saalburg very interesting, as the Romans in Germany is something I've never studied. I have become more confident in my German and learned lots of new words and phrases as well as understanding German culture. I learned about about the German school system and started a new hobby in which my partner introduced me to. Hearing German around me and speaking it as much as possible resulted in me starting to think in German which was a really good experience”
Tom Batchelor 9S
"I think that the German Exchange is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. The nerves when we arrived at the airport were short lived because I felt so welcome with my host family and quickly integrated into the new German lifestyle that was my home for the next week. It was full of lots of different activities with perfect opportunities to try the local food, shops and make plenty of new friends. It is my favourite trip I have done with the school so far and would love to do something similar in the future."
Grace Lord 9A