SIXTEEN students and two teachers from Gymnasium Remchingen near Karlsruhe in south-western Germany enjoyed an action-packed week at King’s Ely.

It is our second German Exchange with the school and plans for a third are already underway!

Head of German at King’s Ely Senior, Neil Urwin, said: “The students and teachers, Frau Bernstein and Frau Vietta, arrived in Ely on September 19th ready for another action-filled week of visits, experiencing family life here and learning a little about how our school works.

“They are all very taken in by the fantastic range of facilities and buildings we have at King’s Ely and they really enjoyed the traditions of cathedral and hymn practice. They spent all of Friday in Ely. Following a guided tour of the cathedral, they did some research on attractions in town and the local area, sampled lunch in the Monastic Barn and enjoyed a cream tea in the Almonry Gardens in the sunshine.

“Our visitors spent the weekend with their host families, who had organised some great activities, including ten pin bowling, the cinema and indoor sky-diving. Thank you to all of our host families for the efforts you went to to keep everyone entertained and happy!

“Back at school on Monday, they attended the cathedral service before leaving for Sandringham and Hunstanton where they enjoyed a fish and chip lunch and played on the beach. This is a real treat for them as Remchingen is some 800km from the sea in Northern Germany! Tuesday was spent in London. They saw Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Leicester Square and enjoyed the views from the London Eye. Their final visit was Cambridge on Wednesday. They had a tour of the city, lunch and went punting.

“Although the weather was a bit mixed, they had a great experience here. Some friendships have been established and we are all looking forward to next year already.”

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