Visiting French and German pupils spent a week experiencing life at the Royal Hospital School and improving their language skills.
Last October half term RHS pupils visited the French-German international senior high school, DFG/LFA Freiburg (French: Lycée Franco-Allemand de Fribourg; German: Deutsch-Französisches Gymnasium Freiburg im Breisgau). They lived with host families and experienced the local culture while immersing themselves in the language they were studying. Last week saw the Royal Hospital School return the favour by welcoming pupils from DFG/LFA Freiburg and giving them a glimpse of what life is like at RHS and in England.
The visiting pupils took part in lessons, watched school matches, took a walk around Alton Water and went to co-curricular activity sessions. Some of the more adventurous took on the school climbing wall and to relax there was a cinema screening of Aquaman on Saturday night. Of course it wouldn't be a true RHS experience without a little bit of time on the Parade Ground. They were put through their paces by peers with a 'marching masterclass' and they got involved with some fun team building challenges provided by the CCF Contingent.
There was plenty of social time in the houses where the visitors were able to get to know RHS pupils and put their language skills to the test in casual conversation. Mr Mower, Teacher of French commented, "The pupils grow in confidence and independence through taking part in exchanges. It is very pleasing to see the satisfaction that they derive from being able to have a conversation with their buddies. I know that some Year 11 and 12 pupils are still in contact with their friends a year or two down the line."
The pupils said their fond farewells on Tuesday morning as they waved off their new friends.