After a very successful week of hosting German exchange partners at the end of April, 17 Fourth Form students accompanied by Mr Drozdov and Ms Brookes embarked on a return trip to Detmold on 23 June. Our group spent the weekend in families and enjoyed a variety of cultural activities in the area. Westphalian hospitality was appreciated by everyone on Sunday afternoon when one of the German families invited all 33 students participating in the exchange for a barbecue and a garden party.
In the morning there were lessons at the Leopoldinum Gymnasium, where Lancing students had an insight into the German educational system. A visit to Detmold castle was followed by a hike to the Hermann Monument and a picnic with breathtaking views of the Teutoburger Forest. A tour of Paderborn with an ice cream stop, a visit to the Gummibärchen store and exploring the rides at the Heide Park theme park were the highlights of the week.
Our Fourth Formers had a fantastic week in North Rhine-Westphalia, practising their German and learning about the culture, and it was hard to say goodbye to their German friends on the last day. SD