German trip to Munich

There was a unique German department trip to Munich in February. Two Upper Sixth pupils were joined by all three German teachers to be fully immersed in the German language and culture. The accommodation was a flat in the middle of the listed ‘Borstei’ estate, an excellent position from which to start our daily trips after some pupil-lead mock preparation.

Invigorated by the food from the local bakery (some went for the cheese cake, some for the pretzels), we enjoyed the sunny view of the Alps from the Olympia tower. In the evening, a theatre trip rounded off the day in the city perfectly. The highlight for all of us was the Alte Pinakothek and the Neue Pinakothek art galleries, as the latter had a special exhibition on the centenary of Bauhaus, with its incredible collection of international work on the art movement. After four days, we sadly had to say Auf Wiedersehen. By the end of the trip, the German language had become second nature for the students, and they were speaking the language fluently. A big thank you to my pupils and my colleagues, Mrs Kiggell and Mrs McKeown, for the support of this trip. It was definitely a trip to remember.

Remove German exchange

It was a pleasure for the Remove Germanists to welcome 14 German pupils from our partner school Gute Änger Realschule Freising near Munich for the last week of Lent term.

The German pupils shadowed their partners for two days to familiarise themselves with the English school system and were overwhelmed by the variety that Marlborough offers and the hospitality shown by our students. On a trip to Bath together with the exchange partners, friendships were formed over a quiz on the city and concerns about possible language barriers were shaken off.  There were day trips, to Stonehenge, Bristol and Oxford, which made a lasting impression on the visitors. Like last year, the game of Fives, (completely unknown in Germany), proved popular with the Germans and thanks to Mr Kiggell, they were hitting the ball within 30 minutes. Mr Bates took the time to explain the idea behind CCF which was a culturally very interesting and new for the group. The friendships between the English and German students deepened through a couple of games evenings and there was a farewell party on the last day.  We are very much looking forward to our visit to Munich in December.

Tina Rainer

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