Hawley Place visit to partner school in Oberursel

On Thursday 28th November 2013, 23 very excited Year 9 pupils set off on their journey to Oberursel, near Frankfurt in Germany, to visit the penfriends who had come to Hawley Place last April.

On arrival at the Freie Waldorfschule Vordertaunus, the girls were greeted with a traditionally German snack and then they spent the evening with their host families.

The next morning, we arrived for the start of school at 8am and were given a musical welcome by the whole school, followed by an official 'welcome' speech by the English teacher, Annett Röthig. The girls then attended lessons in Eurythmie, Werken and Handarbeit

The 7km hike through the woods to Saalburg was quite a challenge to some (!), but a good opportunity for bonding, and the Roman Fort an interesting sightseeing opportunity. The girls were pleased to have a ride home on the bus!

Saturday was spent with the host family until the evening concert in the Hospitalkirche. Here, we joined forces with HPUK and Cactus Brass who were performing at different venues in the town during the weekend of the Christmas Market. The pupils in both schools had practised one carol in English and another in German. They performed beautifully.

After the concert, the band played 'Happy Birthday' to Abi, while the girls munched birthday biscuits, and then many went off with their families to soak up the atmosphere of the Christmas Market by night.

Sunday was another family day, finishing with a party at the school in the evening. It took a little while before the pupils overcame their shyness and began to dance, but generally a good time was had by all.

Our last day began with a lesson in Handball at the school. Then, after fond farewells in the playground, we all departed for a tram ride on the Ebbelwei Express round Frankfurt (a party tram, as the girls called it, with local apple juice provided for refreshment).

A last chance for shopping in the Frankfurt Christmas Market, and then we were off to the airport for the homeward journey……worn out, but happy!