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The 2019 German Exchange Trip Preparations are Underway




Somerset Times Edition

Week 8, Term Two, 2019

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The 2019 Somerset College German Trip is vastly approaching and our students are beyond excited to embark on the learning experience of a lifetime. We have 17 Somerset students from Years 11 and 12 leaving 22 June to spend their holidays undertaking a three week German language and cultural exchange trip, consisting of an 11-day homestay and an 11-day coach tour of Germany.

Students will spend the first half of the trip with host families and attend our sister school, Comenius Gymnasium in Düsseldorf. They will gain full immersion into the German school system, attending classes every day and live the life of local alongside their hosts. Comenius Gymnasium has organised day trips to Cologne, Aachen and even an indoor skiing experience at the Skihalle, in Neuss. The coach tour will provide further insight into the culture and history of Germany, as students will travel as a group from Düsseldorf to Hamburg, Berlin, Rothenburg, Nuremberg and Munich.

In preparation for the trip, at their first lunch time meeting together as a group, students were given a pre-departure gift bag containing a German phrase book, a notebook (for school), and of course, some German sweets. It has been a pleasure to see that our students have been practising their German by communicating with their German host partners for months in the lead up to this trip. It is safe to say they are bursting with excitement to meet and spend time with them in Düsseldorf.

I wholeheartedly congratulate our students for taking up the opportunity to challenge themselves beyond the classroom and gain a real-world learning experience in what will be Somerset College’s largest ever German Trip. It was been a pleasure to teach them and it will be an even greater joy to see them apply their language skills, whilst making lifelong friendships in Germany. We wish them the best of luck!

If you would like to see the German Trip in action, simply follow @somersetcollegeglobal on Instagram.

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