On Thursday 15th May, students and staff made their way to meet their German partners in the town of Langen, near Frankfurt. Whilst on the short flight, the excitement really kicked in and everyone couldn't wait for the week ahead.
Diary from the Week
Friday 16th May...
Sports activities with the PE teachers of Dreieichschule, Langen. In order to break the ice, the sports teachers at Dreieichschule organised a variety of team games for everyone to take part in(including the teachers!) There was volleyball, strategy games and a handball type game. By the end we were exhausted but the ice was truly broken. The afternoon was then free for our students to spend time with their host families.
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May... The weekend was spent with host families where our students were treated to a variety of excursions, such as, shopping in Frankfurt, bowling, climbing, and trips to various places of interest in the area.
Monday 19th May...
Day in school! Our students were lucky enough to get the opportunity to shadow their exchange partner around school for the day. Our students were nervous but enjoyed the challenges of trying to understand authentic lessons in German. Many of our students even took part in the school European elections!
Tuesday 20th May... Trip to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a beautiful city lying by the Neckar River. We were fortunate to have great weather (sunshine and 28°C) so we were able to enjoy an ice cream at the top of the Bergbahn (mountain railway) and had a great view of the city. We then visited Heidelberg castle which dates back to the 12th Century. We had a very interesting tour of the castle before heading out into Heidelberg itself to do some shopping. After having bought our souvenirs, we finished the day by relaxing on the banks of the River Neckar, before heading back to Langen.
Wednesday 21st May...
Trip to Speyer. Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities, so we were lucky to see the architecture and particularly the cathedral which holds the tombs of Roman Emperors and German kings. We then went to Speyer Technical Museum to see, amongst others, an original BURAN saceshuttle, the largest space flight exhibition in Europe, a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, the submarine U9, a former German Navy submarine and a gigantic Russian Antonov AN-22 cargo plane. It was extremely interesting to get to interact with these machines and it certainly gave some students thoughts for the future!
Thursday 22nd May... Return to UK. We can’t believe how quickly this trip has passed! We say good bye at the airport before returning on our (bumpy) flight back to Birmingham."
Mr Kelly teacher of Modern Languages comments, "The students were impeccably behaved throughout this trip and acted as excellent ambassadors for the school. Many of the parents commented on their excellent manners and would love to have them back in the future. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Sinfield for accompanying me on this trip – she was a huge help!"