Pocklington School’s 15th annual German exchange trip did not start as was planned, as our flight from Stansted to Hannover was cancelled.
However, this did not stop us. We gathered in the dark at school ready to travel by minibus to the airport to catch a later flight.
On arrival we were driven to Gymnasium Alfeld in the school minibus, where lessons had just finished, so we were free to be taken home by our partners and meet their families.
Over the weekend we were free in our partners’ families, and activities included visiting nearby cities, shopping, and watching ‘Karneval’ celebrations.
One student said: “We also went to a very nice old coffee shop which made amazing espressos.”
On the Monday, we enjoyed a full day trip with our partners to Autostadt in Wolfsburg, which we travelled to by train. First we took part in a workshop to make our own model cars, then we were given lunch and had some time to explore.
On the Tuesday we went, once again by train, to Göttingen. There we were given a tour of the town, which was interesting, and a chance to go shopping and buy lunch, before returning to Alfeld later that afternoon.
We travelled to Goslar on the Wednesday, by coach, where we went down a silver mine. We also had chance to look round the town and go shopping. After lunch we left Goslar for the Harz mountains. There we went in a cable car to the top of one of the mountains, and walked down, having fun in the snow on the way.
On the Thursday, we had an opportunity to experience some lessons, including Biology being taught in English, before we went to Fagus Werk, a Unesco world heritage site in Alfeld. Then we had a chance to explore the town and do some more shopping. In the evening we went bowling with everybody.
Another student said: “It was a great day and I am going to miss it a lot!”
The next day was spent at school, mostly in lessons, before going home for a final time and returning to school in the afternoon to leave.
One student commented: “Everyone seems very nice, and I like the school because you don’t have to wear a uniform.”