Schwarzwald schwap!

The Stonyhurst College and St Blasien German Exchange partners at Stonyhurst
The Stonyhurst College and St Blasien German Exchange partners at Stonyhurst

SIXTEEN students from St Blasien Jesuit School in the Black Forest visited the Ribble Valley as part of Stonyhurst College’s German exchange programme.

They stayed with their exchange partners, either in the college’s boarding accommodation or with local families, which gave them plenty of opportunity to practise their English and learn about English culture.

In April next year their Stonyhurst exchange partners, who are all in Year 10, will make a reciprocal visit to St Blasien, to immerse themselves in the German language and culture.

As well as following their hosts’ daily routine of lessons, assemblies, sport and extra-curricular activities, the St Blasien group enjoyed a tour of Stonyhurst and its historic collections, visited Liverpool and York and watched the new “Johnny English” film at the cinema! Their accompanying teacher, Herr Frank Wegerhoff, said: “We all greatly enjoyed our visit to Stonyhurst and are deeply impressed by its history, educational excellence and the warm welcome we received. Our respective pupils will benefit hugely from this exchange.”

Their one reservation was the Ribble Valley weather, which they found to be much wetter than their own; the Black Forest is known as “the German California”, having more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country!