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It was an exciting finish to the school year of 2015, as twenty
Mount St Benedict College students from Years 9 to 11 spent
a month at partner school – Elly-Heuss-Knapp Gymnasium
in Stuttgart, Germany. The girls were hosted by German
students and their families and were able to immerse
themselves in the German culture and way of life. As part
of this experience the MSB girls attended lessons with their
partners and helped in Years 5 and 6 English
classes. The partner school had also organised
an informative and entertaining program of
events and excursions with highlights including
a performance by the Stuttgart Ballet, a
chocolate making workshop at the Ritter Sport
chocolate factory, as well as a tour to the
medieval town of Rothenburg.
The German families were very welcoming and
the girls settled in quickly. Being an exchange
student allowed the girls to improve their
German speaking and listening skills. In addition
to this they were able to experience many
customs and traditions first-hand – such as
traditional regional dishes and celebrations
leading up to Christmas, including the
Christmas markets. Many girls were
fortunate to travel with their host families
to other areas of Germany, Switzerland or
Austria, and some were even able to try skiing.
In return, the German girls, accompanied by
their teachers – spent the month of Term Three
staying with their Australian partners. The MSB Languages
Faculty had organised an educational program to enable
the girls to learn more about Australian culture and history.
They particularly enjoyed an excursion to the Muru Mittagar
Cultural Centre, where they learned about Aboriginal culture
and tried boomerang throwing. Other highlights included a
tour of the Opera House and visits to Taronga
Zoo and Watson’s Bay. The boys from the
German school were hosted by Shore School,
and there were some combined excursions such
as a bowling evening.
While at school, the German girls
accompanied their partners to a variety of
lessons, and helped younger MSB students
practise their conversations skills in German.
They were also involved in workshops on
intercultural communication, discussing a
range of themes with Year 11 Society
and Culture.
The German exchange has now been running
for ten years, and the ties between Mount St
Benedict College and the partner school, Elly-
Heuss-Knapp Gymnasium have become strong.
Both schools greatly value the partnership and
the wonderful opportunities it offers students
to experience a different way of life and to
work on their language skills. Many strong
friendships and links between families have
been forged during these visits.
Language Exchange
Girls studying languages at Mount St Benedict College have access to rich learning
opportunities. The Australian / German exchange between Mount St Benedict College
and partner school, Elly-Heuss-Knapp Gymnasium is now in its tenth year.
More than just an international adventure
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