News Year 8 German students spend the week in Hellenthal 15.06.2023

Last week the German department travelled with 22 Year 8 students to the beautiful Eifel region in the west of Germany. Departing bright and early on the Monday morning, they travelled in an executive coach to the town of Hellenthal, where they stayed in a popular Jugendherberge (youth hostel).

Students embarked on an exciting itinerary of cultural trips, visiting the birthplace of Beethoven at the Beethoven house museum, the altes Rathaus (old town hall) in Bonn, former capital of West Germany, the original Haribo factory store, and the Lindt chocolate museum in Cologne. Students had their first taste of German Currywurst (curried sausage) or sampled the popular delight of Spaghettieis (spaghetti-themed ice cream), which they had learned about in their lessons on food and drink.

The next day saw students demonstrating their teamwork and resilience in the Hochseilgarten (high ropes course). After a physically challenging day of activity, they enjoyed practising their German ordering skills and relaxing at nearby Café Luchs with a well-deserved piece of traditional Käsekuchen (cheesecake) or Apfel-Streuselkuchen (apple streusel cake).

An action-packed final day was enjoyed at Phantasialand, an award-winning theme park, which saw students braving some of the steepest roller coasters and water rides in the world. The German department were very impressed by the maturity and enthusiasm of the Year 8 students and can’t wait to return next year!