German Exchange Twentieth Anniversary - return leg!

For a period of one week, from Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th March, Grosvenor’s industrious German department was busy staging the return leg of the School’s annual exchange with its German partner School, ‘Evangelisches Gymnasuim’, Lippstadt, which this year is celebrating its twentieth anniversary – an incredible feat which reflects the incredibly close bond that has developed between the two schools since the inception of the initiative in 1998.

Having visited Germany on a week-long trip during September it was Grosvenor’s turn to host its partners this time around, whose delegation this year comprised twenty-five pupils, accompanied by teachers Svenja Gabriel and Michael Kassner. 

This year’s packed itinerary included a visit to the Titanic Centre and tour of Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Monday 12th, a day of activity at Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, on Tuesday 13th, a trip to the Giant’s Causeway following by an evening excursion to ‘We Are Vertigo’ on Thursday 15th before the pupils spent a final day in classes on Friday 16th, prior to the departure of the visiting delegation on Saturday 17th.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the week came on the evening of Monday 12th March, however, when Grosvenor’s hosting pupils, along with their German counterparts, were met with an official welcome from the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, at Belfast’s City Hall - in recognition of the exchange’s twentieth anniversary. So too the event was followed by a tour of the City Hall itself, for pupils, which proved highly engaging, informative and memorable.

As always this year’s exchange offered a superb opportunity for the pupils of both schools to develop their language skills, as well as broaden their horizons by exploring new cultures and experiences. Many thanks go to all members of the German Department, led by Mrs Dorman and also including Mr Cowan and Miss Elwood, who both made the trip to Germany on the first leg of the exchange in September.

We are delighted that Grosvenor’s longstanding and popular exchange with ‘Evangelisches Gymnasuim’ continues to thrive and hope that this will remain the case for many years to come.