German Exchange Visit to Lachendorf
Towards the end of the Summer term, seven boys and two members of staff, Mr Nicholl and Mr Ramsey, embarked on the annual German Exchange with the Immanuel-Kant Gymansium in Lachendorf, Northern Germany. The BGS boys enjoyed a fascinating week experiencing life in Germany first hand through living with host families and attending school classes with their German exchange partners. The first shock for many of the BGS boys was the rather prompt time for the start of the school day with the first class beginning at 7.40am! As consolation, however, lessons finished at the rather more civilised time of 1.10pm, giving the boys ample opportunity to rest weary minds in the afternoon.
Several excursions were planned during our time in Germany, including sightseeing trips to the state capital Hannover as well as Celle, the nearest large town to the school and very well regarded for its over 250 half timbered buildings. The highlight trip for most of the boys proved to be the day at Wolfsburg and a visit to one of the larget interactive science museums in Europe. During the weekend of our visit, host families arranged a varied programme for the boys to again enable them to feel truly at home during their time away.
It was with undoubted sadness that our week-long stay in Germany was over all too soon. However, the upcoming visit of the German group to BGS in September means that friendships between the boys will be renewed and strengthened still further.
It is certainly hoped and anticipated that many more BGS pupils will continue to have the opportunity to take part in this unique type of school trip in the years ahead.