34 students from The Wilnecote School are currently in Germany on the annual school exchange programme with Stadtisches Gymnasium Bad Laasphe school in the scenic hills of western Germany.
Students from Years 8 to 11 have been paired with German students to develop their language and cultural appreciation of our European friends.
Following a long and tiring 20 hour coach journey (as there was a long delay at Dover waiting for the ferry) The Wilnecote School students were re-united with existing partners or meeting their exchange partners for the first time, along with meeting their families.
Following a good nights rest the first full day was spent in school where they have completed a project with their exchange partner which was to design and decorate their own bag with images and statements that reflect the exchange programme.
Wetzlar was the next destination with a visit to the beautiful cathedral city where students completed a scavenger hunt, despite the pouring rain and rather dreary conditions. After taking in some of the sights the students were then free to explore and shop before heading back to Bad Laasphe.
Friday has been spent in school where The Wilnecote School students shadow their partners for the day, going to normal lessons and experiencing a typical day in a German school.
Mrs Turner, the exchange leader for The Wilnecote School, said “students are experiencing the differences as well as the things they have in common with their German counterparts. They are having lots of fun whilst learning at the same time! Our hosts are looking after us really well and so far it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience.”