Earlier this year pupils from Dromore High School welcomed their counterparts from Lenningen Realschule in Germany, who were visiting as part of an exchange trip. What follows is their report on the visit.
Monday - We started off by getting up at 7.30am to get dressed and to eat breakfast. After breakfast we had to go and get waterproofs and warm clothes on. Once we were ready, we did outreach activities such as; zip line, climbing wall, the leap of faith, archery and group games. The rain started to come on so we all went into the canteen and played lots of games and relaxed. All of our clothes were wet so we had to go and get changed because after lunch we had to walk into Newcastle.
In Newcastle we walked round shops and we went into the Amusements. It was very fun. The weather was not good at all, it was raining very heavy! As soon as we got back and dried off we had dinner. For dinner we had chips, chicken and gravy.
After dinner we were allowed to just relax and play more games.
Monday was a good day but if the weather was a bit better it would have been much better.
Tuesday - We got up and we ate breakfast before the Northern Irish pupils packed their gear to leave Greenhill to go home to their families. When we were back in school Lauren and I took our German Friends (Juliene and Lisa) for a tour of the school before sitting in Mrs Best’s Year nine Science class. The German Students were surprised to see our interactive white boards and met Frankie!
We then went to Geography with Mr Teggarty. Lauren and myself looked at Lenningen, the town where our German visitors live, on the map, and compared it to Dromore. Mr Taggarty was very funny and we enjoyed ourselves a lot. We then said our goodbyes to the Germans.
Wednesday – Giants Causeway Today the Germans set off at 8 o’clock and headed for Dromore where they picked us up at 9-10am.
We sat on the bus for about 1 1/2 and then finally arrived at the Giants Causeway. It was extremely windy there so we were not able to go too far, but we still got a good look at all the rocks.
After lunch we headed to Portstewart, we were given one hour free time to do some shopping.
We headed back to Dromore and our German visitors went back to Greenhill for the night. It was a very exciting and tiring day as most of the pupils fell asleep on the bus on the way home!
Thursday- We visited the Northern Ireland Parliament in the morning which was very informative. All of us took part in a mock election.
In the afternoon we had some free time for shopping in Belfast. Later on we visited the Titanic Museum, which was great fun.
We finished the day with tea in the school canteen and the Halloween disco in the School Youth Club. All ended with tears at 10pm when we had to say Good bye to our German friends.