Tuesday 6th October 2009 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston has welcomed a group of German exchange students on their first trip the the UK. The students and their two teachers from Hanover arrived last Saturday and stayed with the families of those studying German at Brooke Weston. They spent the week touring attractions such as Warwick Castle, Snibston Discovery Park and the National Space Centre as well as one day at school attending lessons and learning more about English schooling.
Teacher Mr Schulze-Brüggemann said: 'They found it very different from the schools in Germany. Brooke Weston differs from what we are used to in Germany in discipline, organisation of the school, the way lessons are held, and in particular the uniforms. In Germany there are only about three or four schools which have uniforms, it's very unusual.'
The German students start learning English in primary schools so they had a good working knowledge of it, and their time in the UK has also helped. Mr Schulze-Brüggemann said: 'They have probably improved their English over the last five or six days in comprehension, listening and speaking skills.'
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Robert Nicholls said: 'It was good to see how these young people from such very different backgrounds got on with each other so well. There were a lot of new friendships forged and a lot of very reluctant good-byes. The Brooke Weston students are now looking forward to the return trip in March.'