Potters Bar school marks three decades of foreign exchanges
A SCHOOL in Potters Bar has celebrated 30 years of successful foreign exchange programmes with a school in Germany. Dame Alice Owen s School welcomed 37 students from Viernheim to mark the continued partnership. The exchange programme linking the school
A SCHOOL in Potters Bar has celebrated 30 years of successful foreign exchange programmes with a school in Germany.
Dame Alice Owen's School welcomed 37 students from Viernheim to mark the continued partnership.
The exchange programme linking the school to Albertus-Magnus-Schule focuses on the language development of year nine pupils, aged 14 to 15.
Jonathan Robinson, co-ordinator of the exchange programme, said: "It's a really good way for the children to make new friends and break down the barriers between our two countries.
"Usually people do not think of Germany as a beautiful country but it really is and the children get the opportunity to explore this."
Since December, the children have been emailing and contacting their counterpart in Germany.
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The German youngsters became tourists for their week, heading to Madame Tussauds, the Natural History Museum, and Cambridge.
They returned home on Thursday.
A second celebration will be held in July, when pupils from the Dugdale Hill Lane school visit Viernheim.
Headteacher Dr Alan Davison said: "I am delighted with the strong and lasting link between the Albertus-Magnus-Schule and Dame Alice Owen's School.
"I firmly believe in the positive value of our cultural and linguistic exchanges over the years and I am looking forward to going to Viernheim in July with our chair of governors, Peter Martin, to join in the celebrations of this 30th anniversary.