During the last few days of the Lent term, ten students and two staff set off for the biennial Languages trip to Germany. We flew to Cologne and stayed in the Köln Rhiel hostel in the city centre. It was the first time we had used the venue and it proved to be an excellent base from which to explore the city. On the first morning, after a hearty German breakfast, we set off by tram into the city. We visited the famous Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and marvelled at its enormity and history. We sampled some Eau de Cologne and then completed a city trail on foot.
One of the highlights of the trip was undoubtedly the visit to the Lindt chocolate museum on the Rhine. We had an excellent guided tour and learnt lots of facts about the chocolate and its production. With Easter only a few days away, the gift shop proved a very popular place to spend some euros!
We were all up early the next day for a morning of language lessons at the Hommer Sprachschule in Koblenz. We were made to feel most welcome and the girls enjoyed doing some work on numbers and holding conversations in German. We then paid a lunchtime visit to Cochem, a beautiful medieval town on the banks of the Moselle before continuing our journey by coach to Burg Eltz. The rain did not stop us enjoying the fairy tale castle and our guide certainly brought the past to life with some very interesting stories and facts!
During the evenings, we enjoyed a delicious German dinner, followed by some diary writing and table tennis! On the last evening, we had use of the disco room for some music and dancing and the girls put on some entertainment in German for each other! Fun prizes were awarded and it made for a memorable last evening.
The final day was spent at one of Germany’s top theme parks, Phantasialand. Spirits were not dampened by the changeable weather and much fun was had by all! All too soon it was time to collect our luggage from the hostel and make our way to the airport for the homeward flight. It was a long last day, especially with the flight delay, and ten tired but happy girls were reunited with their parents in the early hours of Good Friday!
Miss Betteridge and I were most impressed throughout the trip with how much effort the girls put into using their German. They all entered into the spirit of the trip wholeheartedly and were great ambassadors of the school.
Auf wiedersehen and I look forward to planning the next trip for 2020! By Mrs Glenister