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This year’s German Exchange was a resounding success, strengthening the partnership between the Realschule in Leichlingen and Wyvern, which has been running since 2003.


As always, the key aims are to improve language skills, get to know an area of a foreign country, and develop a better understanding of another culture. Yet perhaps more importantly, students on both sides benefit enormously from realising that they can cope in a foreign country in unfamiliar surroundings and often develop greater self-confidence and better interpersonal skills over the two weeks.


As well as adapting to life within a foreign family, students participate in excursions and enjoy making comparisons between the two schools. The German students were amazed by Wyvern’s facilities and rather taken with the idea of school uniform, whilst our students, of course, envied the fact that there is no uniform in Germany and that they have free periods from time to time!


In Germany, the group visited Düsseldorf, enjoying superb views from the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), and strolled along the River Rhein to the old town. A day in Phantasialand proved popular – a theme park with no queues and a new ride claiming to be the fastest in the world! Canoeing on the River Wupper’s beautiful natural surroundings resulted in a rather soggy end for some and a day in Leverkusen included visits to the local global giant Bayer and the football stadium.


On the return visit, the German guests braved unseasonal weather at Bournemouth to enjoy swimming in the sea, experienced the Spinnaker Tower and a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, and spent a full day in London. Both German and English students took on the challenges offered at Marwell Activity Centre and the week ended with a farewell party in the hall. Well done to everyone who took part and made the most of this experience!




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