Vienenburg Pupils’ Visit
In early June – a group of school pupils arrived from Vienenburg. They stayed at the hostel in Findhorn. They spent a couple of mornings in Forres Academy where they shadowed some local pupils and observed how things were done here.
Their school is much smaller than ours with only about 350 pupils. While here, the group – seven girls and one boy – climbed Nelson’s Tower, visited the Tolbooth with its courtroom and old jail, and enjoyed Findhorn beach where some of them (hardy lassies!) swam. Vienenburg is, of course, at least 150 miles from the sea.
They cruised on Loch Ness, visited Urquhart Castle and went shopping in Inverness. They also took part in their first ceilidh – organised by Ms Harris, head of modern languages at the academy – and participated in some of our more energetic dances accompanied by a live ceilidh band.
They all spent an evening in the homes of local pupils which they found particularly interesting, and they were amazed at how much better their English was than they had thought. They were transported to and from their various destinations by members of the local twinning association.
Their accompanying teachers – Herr Guido Igelbrink and Frau Nicole Vopel – both declared the visit a great success and have already begun preparations for a return visit by Forres Academy pupils next year.