Scrums and line-outs …and other cultural experiences!

German exchange teenagers learned how to play rugby during a visit to Queen Elizabeth’s School.

The students from Friedrich von Bodelschwingh School in Bielefeld spent a week being hosted by 20 Year 10 and 11 boys. It was the return leg of the two schools’ exchange and followed a visit to Bielefeld by the QE in pupils in June 2008.

Jens Ohlemeyer, the teacher at Friedrich von Bodelschwingh School in charge of the exchange, said: “It is a wonderful cultural and linguistic experience for young people to take part in such an exchange. We are delighted to have this link with Queen Elizabeth’s and it is fantastic to see such great friendships grow over the course of the exchange. Our students cherish the opportunity to be part of this trip.”

This was the fourth year of the exchange. During their stay, the visitors spent time on the rugby field and getting to grips with a typical English school day. They and their hosts visited London together and went on the London Eye. They also enjoyed a mini-Olympics and a party at QE.

“We are grateful to the parents of the boys involved for hosting the German students and for organising activities for them,’” said QE’s Head of German, Burgunde Lukasser.