This week Sedbergh welcomed our German Exchange partner students and teachers from Graf-Münster-Gymnasium in Bayreuth, Bavaria.

The group of 15 pupils arrived on Wednesday 9th March and stayed for a week in Sedbergh Houses, hosted by their partners.

For all of these pupils it was their first experience of boarding and a superb insight into British boarding school life.

The pupils enjoyed a diverse range of activities in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Park, including a visit to Hawes Creamery to a cheese making demonstration, a cruise on Lake Windermere and to coincide with Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary, they visited her house, Hilltop, near Estwaite Water.

A highlight of the week for many was the day visit to Liverpool – many of the German pupils were big Beatles fans and enjoyed the ‘Beatles Story’. Pupils also visited the Metropolitan Cathedral and relished the chance for some shopping in Liverpool One!

The ‘Alice in Wonkaland’ social on Saturday night was very popular and pupils had an official welcome from Kendal’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Steve Coleman. 

Andrew Loughe, Head of MFL, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the pupils and their teachers, Jörg Gerdes and Andrea Johannes. Everyone is safely back home now but our pupils have built friendships that we hope will develop over time.

Friendships like this are so important, as are links with Europe as we stand on the brink of the UK referendum on EU membership. We now have a strong link between Sedbergh and the Graf Münster Gynamsium and will soon be able to publish details about next year’s German exchange.”

For further details about the German exchange or Graf-Münster-Gymnasium, please contact Andrew Loughe by email ajl@sedberghschool.org

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