Northampton High hosts students as part of the German Exchange programme

We were delighted to welcome students and staff from the the Dr. Johanna-Decker-Gymnasium in Amberg, Bavaria to Northampton High.

From Tuesday 26 March to Tuesday 2 April, we were delighted to host the third visit from our German exchange school, the Dr. Johanna-Decker-Gymnasium in Amberg, Bavaria.

The German students were hosted by our Upper Fourth and Lower Fifth German students and their families, and enjoyed excursions to Cambridge, the National Space Centre in Leicester, and London, as well as spending time with their partners in lessons. It was a great opportunity for our German guests to experience school and family life, and they have returned to Germany with wonderful memories of their visit. We are already excited about our return trip to Amberg this July.

Below is a report from Hannah in U4, and to view some photos from the exchange, please click here


The German exchange trip has proved to be an amazing opportunity.

— Hannah, U4

Initially I was apprehensive about how I would get on with my German partner; we had built a relationship through messaging and writing, but I was still nervous. Would we get on? Would she enjoy being with my family? However, I needn’t have worried. At first, we were both a little shy but once we got to know each other we became very good friends – it helped that Madeleine spoke superb English and that she was very patient with my attempts at communicating in German.

My family organised a range of activities in the week to give her a good experience of living in England. Some of the highlights were when we met up with my friends and their exchange partners, because we were able to listen to their very fast conversations in German! It made me want to understand more and join in!

This trip has definitely improved my German and inspired me to work hard to become fluent. I wish we had more time to accompany them on their excursions so that we could have had more exposure to the language. Participating in this exchange has made me push myself as I was always thinking of things I could say. I’m really glad the students came here first and I can’t wait to see them in Amberg in July for what will be a really fun trip!

Mrs Hill would like to thank all the girls who participated in the exchange and their families, and also Mrs Gates who dealt with the paperwork necessary to make this kind of visit possible.


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