The German exchange is an annual program that has been a highlight to every year since 2003. On the 25th of March ten German exchange students flew to Australia. They stayed here for one month and at the end of August, eight students from the year 10 German class, accompanied by our school principle, Karen Lanyon, flew to Germany on exchange.
Although it was not my first trip over seas my first impressions were still not as I had expected. We stayed in Germany for 4 weeks, 2 of which we had summer holidays and 2 weeks at our sister school, Alfred-Amann-Gymnasium. Even though their school was strict it still surprised me that it was also fairly laid back because they are expected to do the right thing and most of the time they do.
The first week involved a lot of bonding with all of the students again and we did many activities together including visiting the fun park Tripsdrill, German festival Pferdemarkt, the local pool and best of all the well known Bönnigheim ice cream parlour. Now these were not just your ordinary ice creams or one scoop cones, they were huge bowls piled with ice cream, frozen yoghurt, fruit, chocolate, toppings, wafers and pretty much anything you could think of.
During our stay we visited many different towns and attractions and some of us were even lucky enough to visit other countries! My host family were amazing and took me to Switzerland and Strassbourg, which were massive highlights for me.
Overall the exchange was an extremely eye-opening experience for all those who participated. Everyone enjoyed their stay and we have all made life long friendships and memories that will never be forgotten. I will definitely be heading back as soon as possible.
By Arli Wilkins