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German Exchange pupils experience local culture


Modern Foreign Languages pupils hosted a group from our German exchange school, Städtisches Gymnasium, as they visited local landmarks and experienced life in an English school.

The visitors arrived at Stockport Grammar after school on the Wednesday where they met our pupils and their families. After an evening settling in they spent the next day in school. In the morning Head of Middle School Mrs Smith took them on a tour of the school grounds and they then took on the Peter Boardman Climbing Wall and played games in the swimming pool. In the afternoon, after a hearty lunch, they met our Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Hughes and went orienteering.

Friday saw them accompany their partners to lessons and the group found this fascinating as they compared their school day to a typical English school day.

Over the weekend the exchange pupils took part in a range of activities such as bowling, trampolining, going to the cinema and visiting London.

On Monday the group headed to Quarry Bank Mill where they were given a tour of Apprentice House and the mill itself. The boys and girls enjoyed visiting such a great historic site – home to one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution. During their tour of the Apprentice House they saw what life was like for the children who lived there – where they ate, where they slept and where they were educated.

The High Peak village of Castleton was the location for Tuesday’s activities as they took a minibus to the awe-inspiring Peak Cavern and climbed Mam Tor. On Mam Tor they took in the amazing scenery of Edale Valley, Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors.

After descending Mam Tor, they went into Buxton where they were excited to fill their bottles with the Buxton spring water from source.

On Wednesday morning, the visitors said their goodbyes to their hosts before heading to the airport. Both sets of pupils are now looking forward to the return leg in February.

Tobin Rose was one of the host pupils. He said: “During the exchange visit we spoke some German – mainly when talking about food. I learnt about their family and what they get up to when they are at home in Germany. I am looking forward to visiting Hamburg on the return trip and it will be nice to look around and meet their family.”

Jessica Horsford was another of the hosts and she added: “We spoke a mixture of English and German but I am planning to speak a lot more of their language when I go to Germany. I learnt that their school day starts earlier and finishes earlier than ours and that they don’t wear a uniform. On the return trip I am looking forward to experiencing the culture – living there for a week with a German family will be different than going there as a tourist and it will be great to see their way of life first-hand.”