German Exchange Twentieth Anniversary

The week of Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd September 2017 saw some eighteen pupils from throughout the School, accompanied by staff members Mrs Dorman and Mr Cowan, commence the academic year by participating in its annual exchange with long-established German partner School, ‘Evangelisches Gymnasium’ in Lippstadt, which this year celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

During the course of the week the Grosvenor contingent, who were each hosted by separate German families for the duration of their stay, were afforded the opportunity to participate in a plethora of worthwhile activities, such as: a day trip to Dortmund, including a tour of Borussia Dortmund’s stadium as well as shopping in the town on Monday 18th, an official welcome at the mayor’s office to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the exchange on Tuesday 19th, a trip to ‘Teuto-Kletterpark’ climbing park in Detmold on Wednesday 20th, a farewell barbeque on Thursday 21st and a day trip to the Movie Park Theme Park in Bottrop on the final full day, Friday 22nd.

As alluded to above, this year marked the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the exchange, during which time hundreds of pupils from both schools have benefitted from the excellent opportunities which it provides for them to improve their language skills whilst in a real-life environment.

Many thanks to Mrs Dorman who not only participated in the trip but also put a huge deal of effort into diligently organising it, as well as fellow German teacher Mr Cowan, without whose attendance the trip would not have been able to run.

The second leg of the German Exchange will take place in March 2018, when pupils from ‘Evangelisches Gymnasium’ are scheduled to visit to Northern Ireland, during which time they will be hosted by the families of those Grosvenor pupils participating in the exchange – we look forward to welcoming our German partners to the School during this week and continuing the successful and long-established link between the two Schools.

Grosvenor's German Exchange delegation pictured with the mayor of Lippstadt following a reception held in their honour at the town hall, in celebration of the twentieth year of its exchange with partner school 'Evangelisches Gymnasium'.