27 June 2018

The first week in June saw 15 intrepid Yr 9 students head out to Kiel in Northern Germany to take part in the return leg of the Joseph Rowntree School - Hebbel Schule exchange, a relationship that has existed for nearly 30 years! After settling in with their exchange partners it was down to business in Kiel; a wonderfully peaceful and friendly town with a very strong relationship with the (Baltic) sea. Students explored Kiel itself and heard about its history, distant and more recent. Following a day in school, experiencing life as a pupil and joining in lessons, (early starts included) the students got to enjoy time with their host families over the weekend. One student got a trip to Berlin and one or two others got to experience water skiing and high rope climbing, amongst other things. The weather was extremely kind to us which hugely helped to enhance the experience.


After the weekend the highlight for many was a day out with partners at Northern Germany's largest theme park and on the final day we visited the historic town of Lübeck, the home of Marzipan, where some of the students found a shop selling a top the the same as Miss Foster's! Needless to say they all bought one, as well as a lot of Marzipan.


Sadly the week passed too quickly but I could not have asked for a better group of students to travel with and they all made a fantastic impression on their German hosts and me. A credit to the school and the city of York.


I will be recruiting for the next exchange from early next year and am keen to recruit current Yr 7 students to carry on our relationship with the Hebbel Schule. Watch this space for more information.


Mr Cooper

Teacher of MFL


German Exchange 2018