Wir lieben Deutschland!

A successful exchange to Hagen, Germany

This year, Westholme students from Years 8 – 10 have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in a Languages Exchange Programme. This involved a group of German students visiting Westholme in March for a week of improving their English speaking skills whilst learning about English culture and living with an English family. In the Summer term, it was Westholme’s turn to visit their exchange students and the group travelled to Hagen, Germany.

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On arrival in Hagan, the group were thrilled to be reunited with their partners who took them to explore the local area and meet their host families.

The following day the group enjoyed some sightseeing in Cologne, where they saw the impressive Cathedral before walking along the River Rhine to the most anticipated activity of the day: the Lindt Chocolate Museum! Students were able to see how the famous chocolates were made and got a few free tasters… es war lecker (it was yummy!). They enjoyed using some of their spending money in the gift shop before exploring the city, doing a bit more shopping along the way. The evening was filled with various activities from mini-golf to bowling!

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On Wednesday the group travelled to Münster where some students tried Currywurst and other local delicacies at a Farmer’s Market. They also learnt a lot about the area on the ‘hop-on hop-off’ tour bus, which also saved them from the rain! Luckily the rain stopped as they disembarked to walk around the lake and wander around the city some more. The students bought some German flags, ready for the big match in the Euros the next night which proved to be another eventful night with swimming and football activities taking place.

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Much fun was had at the theme park, Movie Park where the students (and teachers!) enjoyed their last full day together. They all enjoyed the rollercoasters and some even braved the log flume as it was a warm and sunny day.

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Their last day came more quickly than the group would have liked and before heading to the airport, our students accompanied their partners to a variety of lessons, including Latin and History. Then came time to say their goodbyes and there were plenty of tears as the group have become close over the two visits.

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All of the students had a fantastic time in Hagen and it is fair to say that firm friendships have been made. Our Westholme students made a great effort to practice their German and learn new words and phrases. A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all the students involved!