Students made a return trip to the Clara-Schumann Gymnasium over half term as part of our exchange programme.

The group experienced both school and family life during their week-long stay, as well as the exciting preparations for the annual carnival in Bonn.

Students visited Aachen and Köln (Cologne), where they learnt about the history of the famous cathedrals and of Karl der Große (Charlemagne), as well as the Olympic Museum and the ELDE Haus, a former Gestapo prison where they had an enlightening, if at times shocking, tour.

As ever, they were really well looked after by their German hosts, and one family even went so far as to buy a pair of Lederhosen, complete with matching hat, for their guest!

The highlight, once again this year, was the trip to the newly rebuilt Haribo factory shop to stock up on essential provisions before the journey home.

Krystian Abramek said: “I liked getting to know how a German family lives and going with them to eat”.  

James Crozier said: “My favourite part of the trip was going to Cologne Cathedral as it was interesting to see the beauty of its design”.

Felix Gomulka said: “My favourite part of the trip was playing games in German, as it allowed us to learn obscure vocabulary”. 

Varun Malik said: “I liked our trip to Cologne the best as we visited the cathedral and sampled German street food”.

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