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Berlin-Odiham Exchange Celebration

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Berlin-Odiham Exchange Celebration for all

Robert May's School in Odiham and its German partner school, Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium in Berlin recently celebrated their 5th anniversary and held a very traditional English celebration on the school field with almost 200 guests. Thanks to the generosity of a grant awarded to the schools by the UK-German Connection, guests were treated to a sumptuous hog roast meal and were entertained with Maypole dancing a performance of folk songs from the German choir as well as games of rounders (lessons were given to the German pupils) and football.

The 30 pupils currently on the 2009 exchange to Odiham, were honorary guests at the celebration as well as their partners and partner families. Also invited were local junior school children who have attended German club and have corresponded with Gerrnan primary children and previous work-experience students.

The exchange started 5 years ago from a simple exchange of emails between Susan Marsh, Euglish co-ordinator and Karl Schwarz, German co-ordinator. Since then the exchange programme has gone from strength to strength with more ard more pupils applying each Year for the limited number of places.





Work-experience links have also developed between year 11 pupils and links between our local primary schools and those attached to Werner-von-Siemens.

Sue Marsh explained, 'The work-experience placements give pupils invaluable insight into the European world of work and during their 2-week stay in Berlin, their German and their confidence improve dramaticaliy.' The pupils work in local primary schools and help in all classes and particularly with English lessons. They also work in a Sports Studio and Kindergarten since these types of placement are not too challenging for their German but at the same time they can do a very useful and worthwhile job. Sue Marsh added, 'the whole German experience has given our pupils so much and it has certainly raised the profile of languages ard particularly German. Most people do not realise that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and it is extremely important given that Germany is a major economic force within the European Union. Learning a language without an exchange is like studying Food Technology without ever cooking.'