Thursday 18th March 2010 by C. Freeman
A contingent of students from Brooke Weston immersed themselves in German culture during a week-long exchange visit to Hannover. They spent time renewing friendships and visiting their exchange students' school, and also had trips to Hamburg and an interactive science museum.
They had an intensive introduction to the country, spending the weekend with their host families before reuniting on Monday morning to sit in on English lessons at the Bismarkschule, a century-old grammar school in Hannover.
In Germany the students don't wear uniforms and the school day is shorter, beginning at 8am and ending at 1.30pm. There is then opportunity for students to take part in after-school music and sporting activities.
The Brooke Weston students were accompanied by Mr Nicholls and Mrs Hibberd. Mr Nicholls said: 'It was really an action-packed trip and they especially enjoyed meeting up again with the students from last year and the visit to the Phaeno interactive museum in Wolfsburg where they saw an anti-gravity room and experimented with concepts of personal space and perception. Our group learned so much about a different culture, especially as they spent a lot of the early time with their host families. It was a very good learning experience and they all gave really positive feedback afterwards.'
Jasmine McCool said: 'It was all amazing for me. I loved being shown round some of Hannover with others. And I loved the science museum, and when everybody went swimming and bowling was really good.'
Vivialyn Joynson said: 'I learnt quite a bit of German on the trip - it's given me more confidence to speak the language. On the whole, the trip was a massive experience and I made loads of new friends, learnt a lot culturally and would definitely not mind going again.'