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.


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"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.

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