Stu­dents give Ger­man friends warm wel­come

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

AN in­ter­na­tional friend­ship forged 40 years ago was hon­oured by a visit from Ger­many ex­change stu­dents.

Teenagers from the Gym­na­sium Sal­va­torkol­leg in Bad Wurzach in South­ern Ger­many stayed with the fam­ily of King’s School stu­dents dur­ing a re­cent visit.

It was ar­ranged by King’s head of Ger­man Jes­sica Houghton and Karin Heine, a teacher from Ger­many, whose brother be­friended for­mer King’s Deputy Head David Pook through an ex­change pro­gramme.

As well as ex­plor­ing Mac­cles­field the lat­est batch of Ger­man stu­dents went to see the Bea­tles and slav­ery mu­se­ums in Liver­pool, the Mu­seum of Sci­ence and In­dus­try in Manch­ester and the Min­ster and Dun­geons in York. They also got to meet the Mayor of Mac­cles­field Coun­cil­lor Alift Hare­wood-Jones who said she was de­lighted the pro­gramme had en­abled both English and Ger­man stu­dents to prac­tise their lan­guage skills and “un­der­stand just how sim­i­lar they are de­spite na­tional bar­ri­ers”.

She said: “Peo­ple are peo­ple are peo­ple, but you can’t un­der­stand Mac­cles­field and Max­o­ni­ans with­out get­ting to know their own spe­cial lan­guage.

“The peo­ple have a close­ness and stead­fast pur­pose that comes from their in­dus­trial her­itage and the long tra­di­tion of so many es­tab­lished fam­i­lies and once you get into the spirit and mood of the town, you can be­come one of us.

“It also comes from the peaks and plains and sheer beauty that sur­rounds us and per­vades our spirit.”

The Ger­man stu­dents had nice things to say

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