In May, the Comenius Project “Cook Alive” ended with our partner schools from Germany and Poland visiting our school.
A busy programme was written to ensure that our visitors could immerse themselves in English culture.
On Sunday, we started off with a visit to the Fishing Heritage Museum in Grimsby so that our guests could see how fishing had been an important industry in the area. From there it was a short journey to Cleethorpes to eat fish and chips for lunch followed by a walk along the beach. Luckily the weather was fine but the tide was out so it was a long walk to dip toes in the water. In the evening English, German and Polish students got into teams and showed off their bowling skills; bumpers were needed on some lanes and even then, not all scores were very high.
On Monday, the day began with a walk through Sherwood Forest. Then it was on to Colwick for a boat cruise on the river Trent; lunch was included and enjoyed by all. Before our return to Lincoln, everyone had the opportunity to shop in Nottingham. Primark was certainly the most popular store and our visitors were laden down with bags of clothes to take home for themselves and their family members.
Tuesday was mainly spent in Lincoln itself, visiting the historic uphill area including a tour of the cathedral. At lunchtime pupils did critiques of some of the restaurants and then it was a bus trip to the school. A barbecue was organised for tea and then some pupils performed some of the songs from the last school show. The evening ended with disco music and then pupils and staff joined together for a conga. The final words from each of the representatives of the different partner schools brought tears to everyone’s eyes.
Wednesday was departure day and our German and Polish visitors went home with many stories to tell.
If you would like to read more about our project, please visit our website www.cook-alive.eu.
Saturday, 16th October saw 10 pupils with Mrs Bromley and Mrs Hardy on the school bus park at 4am ready to embark on a trip to Haar, Germany for the next stage of the Comenius project.
At Stansted airport, pupils had to run very quickly to ensure that everyone managed to get on the flight. Once on board we could all relax until we arrived at our destination, Munich. Our hotel was in the town of Vatersteeten, a short train journey away. Once unpacked, we returned to Munich to spend the afternoon eating our first German meal and looking at the shops. The evening was spent at the school meeting our German hosts and our Polish partners. Pupils were a little shy to begin with but by the end of the visit all were comfortable conversing with their new friends.
Sunday morning began with a trip to the Deutsches Museum followed by a guided tour round Munich. The weather was very wet and some of our girls realised that their footwear was perhaps not suitable for the conditions.
On Monday we visited Herrmansdorfer Food Factory and then went by boat on the Heerenchiemsee.
Tuesday began with a tour of the school in Haar, followed by another trip to Munich to buy food items to cook in the afternoon. For some the evening entertainment, a disco for all of the partner schools, was a great highlight. Luckily for the staff, pupils were very tired by the end of the evening and were soon fast asleep once back at the hotel.
Overall the visit was a great success. Rebecca experienced her first flight and Adam realised that he can always be an entertainer if all else fails. All of the pupils from SWRHS found out something about German culture and tasted various foods that they had never eaten before.
We now look forward to the visit by the Polish and German partners in May.