On Friday 16th March we said - in some cases a tearful – Good-bye to the German exchange. After having spent a week in Mellendorf in December last year, it was now the Germans’ turn to come to Horncastle.
The German students and their teachers arrived in London on Friday the 9th March and spent the day exploring London. They spent time at the Tower of London and then did some sightseeing, walking past many of the major sights. The day finished with some time in Covent Garden and a bit of shopping. They were met by their English partners at school in the evening and went off to spend the weekend with their host families.
On Monday they went to York with their German teachers and Mr Hogg.
Tuesday was spent in school and all agreed that teachers were stricter than in Germany and that there were a lot more rules. Seeing everybody in school uniform and taking part in whole school assembly was a whole new experience for them.
On Wednesday the German students set off for Lincoln, where they were met by Mrs Chambers who gave them a guided tour through the Cathedral, followed by a visit to the Castle. After some time for shopping the Germans joined their English partners for bowling in the afternoon.
Thursday morning was spent in school. It started off with the Maths Road Show and finished with a Treasure Hunt through Horncastle.
On the final day they went to Cambridge before heading for the airport. All students enjoyed their stay in England and many would have liked to stay longer. I am sure that some of them will meet up again with their partners in the future.
A big Thank You goes to all our students and their families who looked after the German exchange partners and made their stay so pleasant and memorable.
On Wednesday, 7th March, we were lucky enough to have a visit from local author, Philip Williams, who spoke to one of our Y7 forms about writing. He was most entertaining and provided a real insight into the life of an author, as well as giving the students opportunities to create their own stories.
Year 8’s certainly had a blast during their Civil War Day. All students in the year had a whole day off timetable to be fully engrossed in the sights, sounds and even the food of the Civil War period. Students first learnt about choosing sides and our volunteers were tasked with holding their flags proudly. Weapons were displayed with detailed information provided, again our lucky volunteers were able to hold them and experience how heavy some were! After break it was time to go onto the field. Students stood bravely in the cold covering their ears for the thunderous sound of the cannon being fired and learning more about the use of artillery during the war. The afternoon session provided an opportunity to taste Civil War food and drink which included bread, cheese, dried fruit and ‘ale’. With their stomachs full students enjoyed a question and answer session to finish off a thoroughly splendid day.