A group of students and teachers from Germany were given a warm welcome by Brighouse High School.
The nine German students were accompanied by their headteacher Herr Michael Lohr, Ralph David, the exchange organiser in Germany and Frau Astrid Ebnicher all from the Adolf Reichwein Gesamtschule in Ludenscheid, Brighouse’s twin town, who enjoyed a tour of the area.
During their visit they went to the National Coal Mining Museum at Barnsley, a trip to York to visit the York Minster, Jorvik, Fudge Kitchen and a walk on the walls.
They spent time at the school in Finkil Street with their hosts and went to a Civic Reception at Halifax Town Hall with the Mayor of Calderdale Ann Martin followed by a guided tour of the Piece Hall. They were joined by some members of the Brighouse-Ludenscheid Society who were delighted that some young people from Brighouse were extending the links between the two towns which have existed for more than 50 years.
Alison Sinfield, advanced skills teacher in modern foreign languages at the school, helped to organise the trip.
She and Paul Shingler, the head of the department, took nine students over to Ludenscheid in March and the three German teachers are being hosted by Mrs Sinfield, Mr Shingler and headteacher Liz Cresswell. Mrs Sinfield said they were pleased with how well it went. “The Germans went back saying what a fantastic time they had had and everything planned went to schedule. The beautiful weather we had really enhanced the itinerary too.
“When we went over in March our children were petrified but because they had stayed with them in Germany when they came over here it was slightly less daunting.
“We all got something out of the visit. They spent some time in lessons and were quite surprised by the difference between them. Over in Germany they have less reliance on technology whereas we have quite a number of computers and white boards which was a surprise to them - but to us the size of their corridors and how they don’t have a uniform surprised us. But equally we both get good results.”
She said they enjoyed the visit so much that she is in the process of arranging a further visit in March.
“Some of them got on so well that they have arranged a visit out there in the summer holidays. It is just interesting when you stay with the host families to see what they eat and what they watch on TV and the differences they spot,” she said.