4 July 2018
The link between LSA Technology and Performing Arts College and its German partner, St Christophorus Gymnasium in Werne, has been active for 22 years. Both schools are extremely proud of this long link and the exchange is extremely popular with students in both countries.
Last week, 16 LSA students traveled to Werne to enjoy a 9 day – long stay with a host family. On the first day, students received a warm welcome from the mayor and press of Werne. Students were able to try out their German first hand during lessons, which they attended daily.
Pupils enjoyed a trip to Cologne where they visited the breath-taking cathedral. They went on a boat trip down the river Rhine and visited the famous Lindt Chocolate Museum.
Students loved their visit to the ice cream parlour where they practiced speaking German in a real life scenario. Afterwards, they paid a visit to two beautiful castles in Nordkirchen and Burg Vischering.
The highlight of the exchange was the visit to the Gasometer in Oberhausen. Students were mesmerised by a large model of the Matterhorn Mountain, which was suspended in the centre of the vast museum, which displayed an ever-changing light display.
They also enjoyed their shopping time in Centro, one of the biggest shopping centre in Nordheim Westfallen.
The college’s co-ordinator of the exchange, Miss Kieloch said: ‘’The most enjoyable part of the exchange is watching students making lifelong friendships. Many students have already made plans to visit their host partner in the summer holidays. In my experience, this really helps them improve their language skills. It was fantastic listening to students singing German songs on the coach back to the airport. Students found it exciting learning colloquial German phrases from their German friends.’’
Students were impressed by Germany’s cleanliness and recycling system and have plans to inspire LSA to follow a similar system.
Huge thanks to Miss Kieloch for her organization and for ensuring that the exchange continues to thrive. Thanks also to Mr Cross and Mrs Robertson for accompanying our students and ensuring that the visit was so successful.