Our linguists were delighted to welcome pupils from our German exchange school, Städtisches Gymnasium, to the region as they spent an action-packed week visiting sites in the North West and experiencing life as a student in an English school.
After arriving at Stockport Grammar School and meeting their partners on Thursday, the visitors spent the day in the school grounds, familiarising themselves with the classrooms and outdoor spaces and enjoying a school lunch in the Dining Hall.
Their first trip out of school was an excursion to Quarry Bank Mill on Friday where they explored the grounds and did a tour of Apprentice House.
The weekend was spent with the host families and the travelling pupils took part in a range of activities including swinging in the trees at Go Ape in Buxton, bowling, completing an Escape Room, shopping in the Trafford Centre, indoor skydiving, perusing the shops in Afflecks and hunting for hornets on the ‘Bee Trail’ in Manchester city centre.
On the Monday, our Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Adam Hughes took the German pupils orienteering. They then headed to the school Sports Centre where they tackled the climbing wall and took a dip in the swimming pool.
Tuesday saw them set off for east Manchester where they visited the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City, before making the short journey to the city centre to do some shopping.
A trip to Peak Cavern in the school’s minibus took the visitors exploring further afield on the Wednesday. They then wandered around Castleton to take in the sights before finishing off the day climbing Mam Tor.
A very early wake-up call on Thursday saw them head to the airport to make their journey back to Germany.
Our pupils are looking forward to February and their chance to make the return visit to Germany.
Katie Collier commented: “I enjoyed the chance to be very ‘English’, for example, having an excuse to go out for fish and chips and have crumpets for breakfast! We were very well matched and my parents liked her and she liked my parents too. What was great was that when we went out as a big group everybody socialised together, no matter what their nationality was. Neither of us can wait until February because we really want to see each other again and I would love to speak some German!”
Pupil Maddy Evans said: “I really enjoyed showing my exchange partner around my favourite places. Her English was already amazing but she learned new phrases that she hadn’t heard of and was always wondering if she was saying things properly.”
Lydia Johnson added: “It was interesting to learn about their life in Germany and how it compares to ours and it was fun getting to know my exchange. I think she enjoyed getting to know English culture as she had never been to England before.”
Jessica Ward concluded: “I found that my exchange partner Bentje’s English improved over the course of the week. She helped me with my German and I am looking forward to going over to Germany and learning their culture.”