Friday 26th July saw the start of the annual summer exchange between Wickersley and Sportsjugendkreis-Hohenlohe in Germany. 9 German students spent a week living with the Wickersley partners and their families and enjoyed a range of sporting and cultural activities, the weather was glorious and a good time was had by all!
Day 1 saw the first challenge of the exchange – ten pin bowling and ice skating! The bowling was won by Max Danner, exchange partner of Jake Thompson in 10G, however the top score came from none other than Miss Jacob despite some accusations of cheating!
Day 2 was a free day for the students and saw various trips to Whitby, Magna and Meadowhall with their exchange families.
Day 3 was a popular return to Alton Towers; this had been a favourite of the exchange two years ago and saw nearly all the English and German students queuing up for the latest ride ‘The Smiler’ or getting drenched on the Rapids!
Day 4 saw the first of our two trips to Ulley Activity Centre where the staff laid on an archery contest and kayaking challenges. The archery was won by Jan Böhringer, partner of 10G’s Martin Grzanka with a massive score of 58. There were some casualties however, one of the German exchange student’s glasses ended up at the bottom of Ulley Lake!
Day 5 was the long awaited trip to London, despite a very early start the students enjoyed a trip on the London Eye followed by a walking tour past the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Our final destination was the Natural History Museum but unfortunately the queue was too long however all the students enjoyed the experience as did the staff – trying to marshal 18 students on and off Tube trains is quite an experience!
Day 6 saw some more sporting prowess with climbing in the Sports Hall and then a return to Ulley for a raft building challenge. All 18 students were split into teams including Mr Mallory and Miss Jacob and were given 4 barrels, rope and two logs to build a raft with. Despite a shaky start the challenge was won by Adam Smith’s team however there was some sabotage at work!
The leaving party in the Main Hall on Thursday night proved a big hit with quizzes and games and lots of delicious food provided by the parents. We sadly said goodbye to our German friends on Friday afternoon but we are all looking forward to the return summer exchange next year in Öhringen, Germany.
WANTED! We are on the lookout for new students to join this longstanding and fantastic exchange programme. If you would like to have the chance to meet a new German friend and get the chance to live in Germany for a week sampling lots of sporting and cultural activities as we have done this time then please Miss Jacob in September.