Teacher inspires new links to German school
THE King’s School’s German Department has established an exchange programme with a school from southern Germany in honour of former Deputy Headmaster David Pook.
More than 40 teenagers from the Salvator Kolleg in Bad Wurzach stayed with King’s families as they enjoyed a tour of the North West.
The exchange was the brain-child of King’s Head of German Jessica Houghton and Karin Heine, a teacher from Germany, who met Mr Pook through an exchange programme 40 years ago and remained lifelong friends until his death two years ago.
The young Germans were unified in their love of Macclesfield and its people.
Ida Schmidt, 17, said: “Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming, though the weather is well how do you say ‘different’.”
Daniel Oehmann, 17, added: “I love the countryside. This place is so beautiful.”
Miriam Reuther, 16, said: “I would not say King’s was anymore strict than our school, but is a bit strange to see all the children in uniform, we just don’t do that in Germany.”
As well as tours of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, the Germans had an audience with the Mayor of Macclesfield and visited the Paradise Mill and Heritage Centre.
Karin Heine said: “We want to promote greater cross-cultural understanding and immerse our pupils in the English language. Learning English to as a high a standard as possible is automatic for German children. In fact, it is more important now
●● German and English teachers and students outside the King’s Sixth Form Centre.
● Back row from left: Sam Whalley (17), Will Gale (17), Harry Bailey (17), Ryan Jennings (18). Front row from left: Niki Kovacova (17), Carly Curwen (18), Elle Haworth (17), Mitchel Loftus (17).