German exchange students come to Harrogate

German exchange students at Ashville College. (S)
German exchange students at Ashville College. (S)

German students have enjoyed an exchange visit to Ashville College, experiencing a slice of Harrogate and Yorkshire life.

During their week-long stay, the Year 9 and 10 students from Uberwald Gymnasium School in Wald-Michelbach sat in on a number of lessons with their host partners and had a tour of the town. In addition to exploring Harrogate, the German party ventured to York where they visited the Minster and walked the historic walls before being taken to Fountains Abbey near Ripon.

They also spent an hour in the company of the former Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Coun Jim Clark, where they learned about the role of the ‘first citizen’ and the duties he has undertaken over the last 12 months – including as part of the Tour de France.

Earlier this year, a party of students from Ashville spent a week in Wald-Michelbach, where they stayed with families and joined in with lessons at the German secondary school.

Ashville College German teacher and exchange trip organiser Sara Trentini said: “Our exchange programme with Uberwald Gymnasium School is now in its 16th year, and each is eagerly anticipated by both schools.

“Both sets of students – and their teachers – get a great deal from these reciprocal visits, where they get to experience a slice of each other’s lives, cultures and heritage.

“The hour spent with the former Mayor was highly enjoyable and I’m very grateful to Coun Clark, Coun Shirley Fawcett, and the Mace Bearer for sparing their valuable time.”