German Exchange Visit to Lachendorf
In the final week of the summer term, seven boys and two members of staff, Mr Nicholl and Mrs Nicholl, took part in 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 Celle, the nearest large town to the school and very well regarded for its over 250 half timbered buildings. The boys not only enjoyed the local ice cream in the town but also the many slides in the outdoor swimming pool. The mayor of Lachendorf welcomed us in his “Rathaus” and was happy to pose for a few photos with the boys.
We also spent a day in the UNESCO World Heritage mine in the Harz mountains where we explored the intriguing subterranean world, mined continuously for over 1000 years! The highlight trip for most of the boys proved to be the day spent at the vast world headquarters of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. Our host families also arranged a varied programme for the boys including visits to the “Heidepark”, a theme park which boosts the biggest wooden rollercoaster in the world, while some boys enjoyed several laps at the local karting track.
It was with undoubted sadness that our stay in Germany was over all too soon. However, the visit of the German group to BGS in October means that friendships between the boys will be renewed and strengthened still further.