German exchange 2022!Posted on: 09/07/2022
The 2022 German exchange was once again a resounding success. 21 GCSE German students in Years 10 and 11 travelled to Munich in late June to enjoy five days with their German host families.
The program was action-packed for all and included a tour of Munich, a visit to a traditional beer garden, the Munich Olympic Park and a morning following lessons at our Partner School, Feodor Lynen Gymnasium in Planegg, south of Munich.
During the weekend, DGS students spent time with their German exchange partners and host families, making the most of the beautiful weather and surroundings. Activities included mountain hikes, paddle boarding, visiting historic castles and museums, visiting summer Festivals, and even seeing the latest Minions film – in German!
Another highlight for most was the German food on offer, with Kaiserschmarm (a sweet Bavarian breakfast dish), Pretzels and of course German sausages among the favourites!
Keira M in Year 10 said: ‘We went to Linderhof Castle which was so beautiful and in the mountains, which were stunning - we did lots walking that day too!
I also loved being with my Exchange family, speaking and listening to lots of German, and experiencing the culture. It was amazing to feel like I got more confident speaking in German during the exchange.
I think that the exchange was important for practising lots of German, appreciating the culture and getting to know our exchange partners (and having lots of fun!)’
We were overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity of our German hosts. After such an unforgettable experience, we cannot wait to welcome our partner school to Didcot when they come for their return visit in late November 2022.