German exchange highlights – from handball to the Heide Park

QE boys sampled aspects of German life ranging from modern industry to an ancient castle on their language exchange.

Thirty boys from Years 9 and 10 visited QE’s partner school, the Friedrich von Bodelschwingh Gymnasium (grammar school), in north west Germany.

During their week-long stay, they took part in lessons in school, as well as enjoying climbing, handball – a popular sport in Germany – and a football tournament. Trips included a visit to the factory of the German catering products company, Dr Oetker, as well as excursions to Bielefeld’s Sparrenberg Castle and to the Heide Park, a theme park between Hannover and Hamburg.

""Head of Languages Christopher Kidd, who was among the three members of staff on the exchange, said: “This was an excellent trip and the German teachers and parents were very complimentary about our boys.

“For their part, our young linguists seized the opportunity to improve their language skills and find out more about German life and culture, while also enjoying the opportunity to establish friendships with their German counterparts.”