24 of our fifth year pupils travelled to Bad Segeberg over the half-term break for the return half of their German exchange.
The new friendships made while the German pupils were at Stockport Grammar last term had been kept strong over the internet, and our Fifth Years were very excited to be reunited with their partners.
After sampling life in a German classroom on the Friday, where many significant differences to British school life were noted, our pupils spent a weekend with their host families who treated them to trips to Hamburg’s centre where they skated, socialised and were taken out to dinner.
As well as getting a first-hand insight in to German culture from their host families, our pupils got to see some of the area’s most famous sights during the week, including a visit to the beautiful town of Lubeck – famous for its marzipan – and, much to the delight of Mr Ashcroft, a trip to Miniaturwelt – the world’s largest miniature railway!
The highlight of the trip for many was a VIP visit to the Reichstag, which was well worth the eight hour coach trip to Berlin. A guided tour was followed by a visit to the glass dome above the building which offered amazing panoramic views of the German capital.
The Friday afternoon brought plenty of tears and promises to return in the summer. With friendships made, language improved and German culture explored it had been a tremendously successful exchange.