Once again for the third year running Mrs Constantine and Mr Fanchi took 9 students from Year 9 to Year 13 to stay with German families in Aschaffenburg in Germany. It was a very valuable experience as students were there not only to improve their German language, but also immerse themselves into the family lives of their exchange partners. As a result the students grew in their confidence and I congratulate them on taking on such a challenge!
The group visited the towns Aschaffenburg and Miltenberg. Each family arranged individual activities with their exchange partners so that every one of them has a different story to tell. Students also visited the school and took part in the lessons.
A particular focus of this year’s trip was the Jewish history of the town Aschaffenburg including its dark period under the Nazi regime. The Jewish museum was very kind in giving us a guided tour visiting the places, where Jews used to lived, before they were deported to the concentration camps. We paid our respect by cleaning some the Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) which have been placed into the ground in front of their houses. It was very moving and the students impressed with their compassion and respect for these lost lives.