Christmas Greetings to Everyone
designed by Jessica Dodwell 7S
Once again it was time to head off to Germany for our annual exchange and 35 excited Year 9 and Year 10 students were ready to depart just after midnight on Thursday, 30th November. We arrived in Mellendorf in the late afternoon on Friday, after a smooth journey, and the level of excitement increased as we got closer to our destination. Students spent the weekend with their exchange partners and their families and had a chance to practise their German and experience German life.
Many of them took the train into Hanover and explored their first German Christmas market. While in Germany, they took part in a variety of trips and spent some time in school with their partners. On Monday we drove to Goslar in the Harz mountains where we went down the Rammelsberg mine and then visited Goslar’s famous Christmas market in the afternoon. Tuesday morning was spent in school, where the Headteacher and deputy mayor of the Wedemark welcomed our students before we went bowling with the German partners in the afternoon. On Wednesday we went to Wolfsburg and our students spent time exploring the Autostadt with their partners. Our last excursion took us to Bremen on Thursday where we visited the Science Centre Universum and the local Christmas market in the historic town centre. We were lucky to have Mr Hogg and Mrs Wilkinson with us who, just like the students, enjoyed the German hospitality and the Christmas markets. The students were a pleasure to be with and we are looking forward to the return visit of the German exchange next spring.
Here is what some of the students thought about the exchange:
“The best part was going to the Autostadt.”
“The worst day was when we had to leave.”
“The weekend was so much fun… .”
“I would have liked to have more time in school with our partners.”
“The welcome I received was very warm. The family were very kind and understanding and the food was all good.”
My favourite day was Thursday as we went to the Universum and it was very hands on. The whole trip was exciting and I made friends with other English people and their partners.”
“It was a very fun, amazing experience and I will be going back to visit my exchange partner.”
In half term a group of Geography and Geology students went on a fantastic fieldtrip to Southern Italy to go and explore and learn more about three volcanoes. We started out by flying early on Wednesday morning to Sicily and went to the spectacular Alcantara Gorge (in the valley below where ‘The Godfather’ was filmed) where we trekked through the lemon and orange groves down to the waters edge. We then travelled to the pretty seaside resort of Giardini Naxos which was to be our base for the next few days and had a chance to eat our first gelato of the trip.
Thursday was Etna day and we went with our guide to the west foot of Etna and ascended to the cable car station at 2000m. We then took a cable car up to 2500m to see lava flows and got into jeeps to take us up to just below the crater at 2900m. There we were met by a special Etna Alpine guide who walked us around the crater. The weather was perfect and you could see most of Southern Sicily and our hotel resort from the summit, but it was a little bracing with the strong wind and snow underfoot. We then descended and walked around some ancient lava flows before returning to Giardini Naxos for another gelato and some down time on the beach.