In the first week of the October half term, 26 Year 11 students went to Stuttgart for the return leg of our exchange with Hegel Gymnasium, with whom we have now been enjoying successful exchanges for over 30 years.

The students were excited to be reunited with their exchange partners after their visit to us in September and to meet the rest of their German host families. Our week together got off to an adrenaline-fuelled start as the Habs and Hegel students tackled the high ropes course at the Waldklettergarten together, helping each other to conquer some challenging obstacles.

The rest of the week included visits to the beautiful university towns of Heidelberg and Tübingen, an interactive talk at the Landtag regional parliament, a welcome reception at the Stuttgart town hall, and visits to the Porsche factory and Mercedes Benz Museum. A particular highlight was the visit to the Ritter Sport chocolate factory, where students created chocolate bars using their own choice of ingredients.

The week ended with a mixed football tournament at school, which was great fun. It was wonderful to see the students enjoying spending time with their new-found German friends and to see their confidence in their language skills develop as the week went on, as what they’ve learned in the classroom was brought to life.