|infodate||30th June 2014|
|infowriting||Alex Bear, Year 10|
|This year has seen the celebration of 20 years of friendship between Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham and the Liebfrauenschule in Bensheim. The link was originally set up by the Town Councils of Bensheim and Amersham to support the twinning of the two towns and encourage friendship and learning between young people. Since its inception, hundreds of young people have had the opportunity to visit and host students, both improving their language skills and gaining a wider understanding of the world.|
The two weeks of the Amersham leg of the exchange this year saw several day trips to London and to Oxford. The German students also took part in some lessons in school, including trying out some traditional British cooking including making scones. In the evenings and at the weekend there was family time, and an opportunity to socialise with other exchange students, enjoying bowling, mini-golf and watching some of the German world cup matches. All the participants loved the trip and many memories were created and connections made.
To mark the anniversary of the exchange, students from both schools spent a day working together, tasked with coming up with a design which encapsulates the friendship between the two schools. In the evening, parents, students and staff all joined together to celebrate their work. We were delighted to welcome Deputy Mayor Councillor Amanda Lamont, together with Moira Walker and Tony Weedon from the Amersham Bensheim Twinning Association to judge the competition alongside DCGS Subject Leader for German, Mr Gareth Cadman. The winning designs were produced by Helen Schaab, Lisa Rainer, Henry Banfield & Nathan Leach.
Thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of DCGS, the winning designs will be made into clay tiles and presented to the Twinning Associations in both Amersham and Bensheim.
|Dr Fenton commented:|
*Exchanges form a vital part of language learning and are hugely enjoyed by our students. We are delighted to have been working with our colleagues from the Liebfraenschule in Bensheim and look forward to continuing the exchange for many years to come.*