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Hildesheim German Exchange

The Hildesheim German exchange is a long-established part of Exeter School’s programme, aiming to improve our fluency and confidence when speaking German.

Upper Fifth Former Edward O Connor reported on the visit.

Having flown out to an airport nearby, we were greeted at the by a large delegation of our partners and their parents, who immediately took us off to start our trip.

Over the following weekend, we all participated in a large number of widely varied activities, from visiting castles to going to theme parks, and from horse riding to go-carting, with many (including myself) visiting an amazing science museum with all manner of interesting experiments and illusions to see! One family even took their student to Berlin for a couple of days! All in all, everyone had fun, and it was a fully packed weekend for all of us.

During the following week, we sat in on several lessons with our German partners, with English lessons being a highlight as we all found we were quite good! Some days the lessons were punctuated with organised trips to local attractions such as a nearby mine, glass blowing demonstration, a candle making workshop, and notably, a chocolate factory!

I think that everyone who took part benefitted massively from the experience. Constant exposure to the language for twelve hours a day has certainly increased my confidence and ability when speaking German.

Thanks must go particularly to Mrs Wilson for all the time and effort she has spent to organise the trip, as well as to everyone else who have made this fantastic experience possible!