Teacher in­spires new links to Ger­man school

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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).

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