German Exchange

On Wednesday 29th March, we welcomed forty-six German students and their two teachers from Wolfhelmschule Olfen to Icknield as part of our German Exchange programme. The German students arrived into school at 8.30am after a long 9 hour journey by coach and ferry before being greeted in the dining hall by our very excited year 10 and 11 students. A tasty continental breakfast was provided by the canteen staff and enjoyed by all students and staff involved, including the Mayor of Luton, who officially welcomed our visitors to the town. The canteen was buzzing with excitement as the students were paired together and the details of the day were unfolded.

After breakfast, the German students joined their partners in normal timetabled lessons, allowing them to experience a typical day at an English school. During German lessons, all students participated in a ‘Speed Dating’ session where they were able to move around the classroom and meet one another whilst talking in the language. At the end of the school day, the Red and Green Ties said their goodbyes and our German visitors expressed their sincere gratitude for experiencing such a fantastic day at Icknield.

After the visit, Curriculum leader for Languages Mrs Morey said:“A huge amount of credit needs to be given to all those students who were involved in the exchange. Their behaviour was exceptional throughout the day whilst looking after their partners and they were great ambassadors for the school. A great big thank you to the canteen staff who provided delicious food for the occasion and to everyone who helped make the day run so smoothly. The German students and teachers were made to feel very welcome, resulting in a worthwhile day for all involved.”