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Last Thursday, fifteen Primary 7 pupils invited their families to Drumley Hall to share their experiences of their first overseas trip – to Dortmund. The children told their parents and grandparents how they particularly enjoyed going to the Christmas market, making new friends, experiencing a different school and life with a German family. They then invited questions from parents and finished the afternoon with Black Forest Gateau.

Both Mrs Coontz and Mrs Clachan said that their presentations were excellent, with no one reading from notes.

Food was very high on everyone’s agenda and the Christmas Market, the biggest in Europe no less, was one of the places where the children had the opportunity to sample some typical German fayre. From liebkuchen to pork sausage rolls, toasted almonds to Wiener Schnitzel, the children were enthusiastic about German cuisine and surprisingly, everyone was open to trying new things – and asking for them in German!

A parent asked how the children got on speaking the language and one pupil answered ‘the German children’s English is much better than our German but we did try – we even watched German Peppa Pig!’ Mrs Coontz said that everyone did indeed try and that this went down extremely well wherever the group went. She also told parents that she was extremely impressed with the children’s facility in making friends and how open minded they all were.

Wellington has a well-established International Programme offering foreign exchanges, the opportunity to host and lots of extra-curricular activities in school to allow our young people to develop their language skills and embrace other cultures. This exchange was funded by Uk German-Connection and in the words of one pupil – it just wasn’t long enough!

For more on this trip, please turn to page 42 of the last edition of The Turret.