German Exchange 2016
Seven pupils from Year Ten took a plane from Birmingham to Düsseldorf in the Easter Holiday to begin their German Exchange in Kleve.
“We arrived at Kleve station late in the evening and met the families, who we would be staying with for the next week. After a good night’s sleep, we met our fellow school pupils and teachers and boarded a bus to the town of Münster. We visited many attractions there including the Cathedral, the Town Hall and of course, McDonalds! After an inordinate amount of shopping we got back on the bus, and made our way back to Kleve.
Later in the week, we ventured into the town of Kleve, to visit the Mayor and look at the architecture at the Castle completing a quiz about the Castle and town centre. A photograph that we had taken with the Mayor was published in the local newspaper. We also saw a bench donated by Worcester to the town of Kleve. In the evening, we all went bowling together and had fun.
On Saturday we were left with our families for the weekend. This was our opportunity to use our German to the best of our ability. We all had different things to do, places to see, including visiting the local theme park, Amsterdam and local museums. A great experience for all.
Monday was a day to relax and enjoy the water slides at Centre Parcs across the border in the Netherlands. Our last day was spent in Cologne, a beautiful city where we visited the Roman Praetorium, Cathedral and Lindt Chocolate Museum. As the day came to a close we packed our things ready for the journey home the next day. We had our last German meals and said our farewells. A truly wonderful trip!
It was a sad affair to say goodbye to our partners because we all had a great time with them. We now look forward to seeing them when they come over to England in the summer.”
Lily Dugdale, Charlie Rushforth and Guy Milton – Year Ten