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German Exchange Trip – Written by Kathryn Leese Year 10

On the 4th March, 14 students and 2 members of staff from Westwood College embarked on the 29th German exchange trip to Walldorf.  The exchange has always been successful over the years and this time was no exception.  The exchange provides great opportunities to embrace German culture and family life.

The journey began on Monday morning when the group left school for Manchester airport, we then flew to Stuttgart.  As we approached Walldorf many of us felt a little anxious, but Mr Spragg and Ms Clowes were very reassuring as we met our German partners.

Tuesday – We had an early start, as the school day begins at 7.40! we were kindly welcomed by the staff and the Headteacher, after we had the chance to take part in a German cooking lesson, where Mr Spragg showed off his cooking abilities.

Wednesday – The group went to Heidelberg, a very beautiful and historical city near Walldorf, some of the sights were breath taking.  We had the chance to be shown the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, which has been there for centuries.

Thursday  – We had the opportunity to sample travelling on the German railway, as we travelled to Stuttgart, we visited the Mercedes Benz museum, which proved very interesting, even for the girls! We had an interesting time in the town, where Lazio were visiting to play Stuttgart in a football match.  The town was incredibly lively.  For some home comforts we went to McDonalds!

Friday – This was our last chance to see the school operating as normal, we had some lessons with our partners. It has to be said we were the best in the English lesson!

The weekend was family time.  Some of us visited Mannheim, a city close to Walldorf, where there was lots of shops, others spent time at a technical museum in Sinzheim or doing leisure activities such as ice skating and swimming.

Monday proved to be quite emotional as we said goodbye but we are all really looking forward to welcoming our partners to Leek in June this year.

The whole group would like to thank our German teacher Mr Spragg and the accompanying Art Teacher Miss Clowes for their help and support during this trip.


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