Pupils’ exchange trip ist wunderbar!

German visitors to St Aidan's (back, from left) Alex Graham, Jennifer Smith and Matthew Pritchard with (front, from left) Sina N�hlau, Katharina Thomas, Marisa Rudersdorf, Mrs Kelly Parkinson, Sophie Parr
German visitors to St Aidan's (back, from left) Alex Graham, Jennifer Smith and Matthew Pritchard with (front, from left) Sina N�hlau, Katharina Thomas, Marisa Rudersdorf, Mrs Kelly Parkinson, Sophie Parr

YOUNG visitors from Germany have been finding out what life is like in an English high school.

Three German students spent a week of Saint Aidan’s Church of England Technology College in Preesall. The girls, Katharina Thomas, Sina Nöhlau and Marisa Rudersdorf, all 17, are students at Elsa-Brandstrüm Gymnasium Oberhausen, in Nordrhein, Westphalen.

During their time at the school they stayed with the families of Saint Aidan’s students and saw how the Preesall students spent their days.

The visitors spent time in classes on food technology, travel and tourism as well as languages.

When asked how schools in Germany differ from those on England, Marisa said: “We don’t have school uniform, we can wear what we like and the rules are different.”

Katharina added: “English students seem to have lots of technology in the classrooms.

“We don’t have as many computers or interactive whiteboards, we still use chalk and blackboards.

“Also we don’t learn some subjects like travel and tourism.”

The girls have managed to spend some time in Blackpool, walking along the promenade and seeing the sights.

However, the Germans felt that the famous English weather was very changeable compared to the more settled climate in their native land.

Katharina commented: “One minute you have sun and the next, rain.”

On their final full day at the school, the visitors went to Liverpool to visit the shops.

A school spokeswoman said: “Exchange visits are very good for mutual learning.

“Our visitors learned quite a lot about how some things are done in England, but we have all found out a great deal too.

“The exchange visit was a great success.”

Meanwhile, as part of their Business Enterprise Unit, a group of Year 11 students from St Aidan’s had to create a business plan to make and sell a product in school. 

They decided on a stall to sell tasty treats to their fellow students.

Students donated a variety of produce which they transformed into delicious cakes and treats. 

They made posters to advertise the event, then worked in teams melting chocolate to make chocolate coated apples, marshmallow kebabs, rice crispy and cornflake cakes. 

Biscuits were iced and decorated, ‘lucky dip’ sweets were bagged and cup cakes and chocolate cakes were made and decorated.  All the produce sold out within 10 minutes and the group made a profit of £83.00 which will be sent to their chosen charity for this year ‘Breast Cancer Research’. 

Teacher Mrs Tem Vaselli said: “It was great to see this year 11 class come together and work so hard.”