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German exchange visitors enjoy packed trip to Stockport

Our pupils were pleased to welcome students from Städtisches Gymnasium, our German Exchange school, to the North West for a busy week of visits and activities.

After a night settling into their new surroundings, the visitors came into school on the Friday for a quiz in the Library before going to Lyme Hall for the afternoon.

During the weekend, the travelling pupils spent time with their host families where they were taken on excursions to places such as the Trafford Centre and Jodrell Bank.

On Monday they boarded the train to Manchester city centre where they did some shopping and went on a tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The following day the pupils travelled to Salford Quays where they visited the Imperial War Museum, walked around Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium and perused the shops in the Lowry Outlet Mall.

The penultimate day of the trip was spent in school as the German students got a taste of a day in the life of a Stockport Grammar pupil. A couple of their lessons saw them scale the climbing wall in the Sports Hall and take to the water for kayaking and swimming in the pool under the stewardship of Mr Adam Hughes, our Outdoor Education Co-ordinator.

After a hearty lunch in the Dining Hall, the travelling party then made traditional scones during a Food Technology class with Mrs Ruth Groves.

The last day saw the pupils from Bad Segeberg say goodbye to their hosts before boarding a coach to the airport.

Speaking about being a host, pupil Lauryn Howard said: “I really enjoyed it and it was a great experience. We went to Go Ape and the Trafford Centre, as well as trampolining and bowling and the rest of my family really enjoyed having a guest. We mostly spoke in English but on the return leg in February I will be speaking a lot more in German.”

Fellow Fifth Year Will Garrett added: “I enjoyed being a host and helping my exchange partner Tom have an authentic British experience. Tom is really interested in Physics so my family and I took him to Jodrell Bank and he was in awe of the place. We also went to the Blue Planet Aquarium and saw some stingrays get fed.

“I am looking forward to experiencing German hospitality, food and school life when we make the return journey.”

Pupil Lucy Snell concluded: “It was lots of fun being a host, meeting new people and having new experiences. My family enjoyed having my exchange partner Stine around and I liked being able to translate some words that she didn’t quite understand. I am really excited about the trip to Germany – we have been keeping in contact since she came over and it will be like meeting an old friend.”