Last term a group of students from St Bart’s went to Germany as part of this year’s German exchange. Here is an account from Ed Barker and Connor Beckett in 9E2.
A few weeks ago, we were two of the 27 students taking part in the 2018 German exchange to Monheim am Rhein near Düsseldorf in Germany.
The partner school was Otto Hahn Gymnasium. We went on several visits during the exchange. We visited Cologne where many students climbed to the top of the cathedral.
Afterwards, we explored the pedestrianised area with shops and restaurants. We also went to Bonn to see the post war museum. We found it very interesting to see the effects of war from a German point of view.
In the evenings we did activities with our partners and their families. One of our favourite experiences was when a group of German students and their English partners visited a water theme park called Aqualand near Cologne.
Finally, it was great to experience life as a German for a week, for example, my German family took me to Düsseldorf at the weekend to have a meal and go shopping. Overall we all loved it and found it to be a valuable life experience for us.”
We look forward to welcoming our partners from Germany to Newbury later this term. The German exchange is open each year to all students studying German in year 9 and above and next year’s exchange will be launched in the Autumn term.