During the Easter Holidays, Students from Hessle High School and Sixth Form College were given the opportunity to try out their German speaking skills and experience German culture first hand, on a 6 day trip to the Rhine area of Germany.
The main aim of the trip, which has been running for five years, is to provide students with the opportunity to discover and experience new cultures and languages whilst at the same time helping them to develop their social skills and independence away from the home environment.
The itinerary for the trip was crammed full of activities which combined education with fun. The students learned about the history of Germany, through visits to the historic landmark Cochem Castle and Cologne Cathedral as well as the music museum in Ruedesheim which holds one of the largest collections of mechanical music boxes in the World.
The students also spent time taking in the picturesque scenery, with a cruise down the Rhine and a walk through Boppard and Koblenz to see where the two rivers – Rhine and Mosel – meet.
As well as learning about the history of the area, the students were able to practice their linguistic skills and were encouraged to speak German whenever they got the opportunity to interact with local people.
The itinerary also set aside some time for the students to enjoy themselves with a trip to Phantasialand, renowned to be one of Germany’s best theme parks, and to the local swimming pool. They also had a couple of evening treats and got the chance to visit an ice-cream cafe as well as join a disco night the hotel was holding.
Rebecca Marshall, Teacher, commented, “The trip was highly successful and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We find that encouraging students to discover new cultures and languages helps build their confidence and motivates them in their learning when back in the classroom. The interpersonal skills they learn through social interaction with their peers and being independent is also invaluable. We believe this helps students attain higher grades which benefits them and the School.”