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Memories made and friendships bonded during German exchange visit

Just before half term a group of fifth and lower sixth pupils welcomed their exchange partners from Bad Segeberg, Germany to the school.

During the week-long trip the touring party of seven boys, seven girls and two teachers were shown lots of what the North West of England has to offer.

There were visits to the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City; Lyme Park; the Imperial War Museum; and quirky shopping destination Affleck’s Palace. The pupils also enjoyed a walk around Salford Quays where they ambled through MediaCityUK and went past Granada Studios. They also had their pictures taken outside Manchester United’s ground, Old Trafford.

The group spent a day in school where they took part in a Life Studies lesson and a Languages lesson. They also had the opportunity to go kayaking and play water polo in the school pool before finishing the day with an introduction to Mountain Rescue in the Peak District and hands on experience of using the rescue kit thanks to Glossop Mountain Rescue.

The trip enabled the German pupils to experience the differences between school life in Germany and in England, such as assemblies, sporting clubs and facilities and our much longer school day, as well as their partner’s home life and the chance to improve their English fluency.

Städtisches Gymnasium pupils Katharina Westerhaus and Mariella Rose enjoyed their time in Greater Manchester: “We really enjoyed speaking in English all day every day and we think that our language skills are much better now. We liked Affleck’s Palace, it is cool and interesting and there is nothing like it in Hamburg. Being with the whole group, the German and English pupils, was really good too and it was great spending time together.”

Mrs Sylvia Meyborn, one of the Städtisches Gymnasium teachers, commented: “I have been coming on these trips since 1991 and think they are a marvellous opportunity. The area is so lively and there is lots to do and see. Our visit to Lyme Park was something that I will remember with fondness and our pupils had a great time on their trip.”

On the return leg (16th-23rd February 2017), Stockport Grammar School pupils will have the chance to experience German life and culture at first hand and practise their own German speaking skills.

The exchange between the school and the Städtisches Gymnasium, which is for pupils in fifth year and above who are studying German, is now in its 25th year and many friendships have been formed during this time.