09. Oktober 2016

Update 3: Englandaustausch 2016 – Southam College

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Day 1

Right on time at seven in the morning the group of 19 students and their two teachers, Miss Barthelmes and Mr Holfelder, started their journey to Southam in Warwickshire, England. After a smooth trip we arrived safely at Southam Collage where the students were picked up and warmly welcomed by their partners and taken to lunch. A little later everyone met to have a little get-together with games before enjoying their first lessons. 

In the evening everone met at school again to have some snacks, games and conversations.


Day 2

Day 2 started with team building activities in the gym. The kids played badminton and basketball and had some fun time together. After another period in class all German students went to see the mayor of Southam, had some tea and biscuits and were shown around town to explore Southam.The evening everyone spent with their partners and their host families. 


Day 3

On the third day of their stay the German kids experienced another morning with various subjects in their different classes. After lunch German and English kids went with the bus to Warwick where they first enjoyed trampolining action at the Warwick Jump In before competing at bowling at the Ten Pin Bowling Center in Warwick. Back at Southam College the kids were picked up by their parents to do different activities with their host families on Saturday and Sunday. 

Day 4-6

The kids spend day 4 and 5 with their host families and did various things from going to Birmingham, to London, to a theme park or to relatives. They seemed to have enjoyed their time without their teachers :-)

On Monday morning everyone was really chatty and talked about their weekend experiences. At 9 o’clock the bus took them to see and explore Warwick Castle, an amazing building with loads of things to do and see: the trebuchet being fired, a bowman showing his skills, the birds of prey doing their rounds through the air, a guided tour about crime and punishment and all the rooms and exhibits in the main building of course. Some also found their way in and, thank God, out of a maze ;-) Everthing could be done in lovely sunshine even though it was a little bit chilly first.

The evening was meant to be spend with their host families in pleasant anticipation of Tuesdays visit to the Harry Potter Studios...

Day 7

An exciting day started with everyone meeting at school to get on the bus that would drive them to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden outside London. English as well as German kids wore Harry Potter shirts or scarfs or were provided with the remains of the unforgivable curse by Mrs Martin – no worries, instead of a wand, she used eyeliner for the scar on the kids’ foreheads :-) Even the bus driver was well prepared and so we could get in the mood by watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while sitting in the bus.

The tour was probably the highlight of the week for most of the kids, and teachers. Apart from many short video explanations and information boards about the making of the Harry Potter movies, you could see and actually step into the sets used for shooting the movies starting with the Great Hall where we entered through the original doors that were opened by our two birthday kids, Bella and Patrick. It’s been an amazing experience and everone will have loads to talk about when being home again.

The day ended with the goodbye party at Southam College. The parents came in and brought food and drinks. Everyone enjoyed having the evening together before heading home for the night.

Day 8

Time to say goodbye...

As always, it was very hard for the kids to say goodbye to each other during lunch time. The morning they had spend in lessons with their partners.


Another very nice, interesting, entertaining and educational exchange has come to an end. Thanks a lot to all teachers of the Modern Languages Department and especially of course to Mrs Lori Martin for organizing everything and making the exchange an awesome and unforgettable experience for everyone, once again :-) 


Christian Holfelder