November 2014: Exchange trips form lasting friendships


FRIENDSHIPS have been forged between exchange students from Germany and their English counterparts following a trip to Bavaria.

In June the German students visited host families from Haslingden High School and now 31 Haslingden students from Years 9 and 10 have cemented the links by spending time in Germany.

They went to Bad Aibling and as well as joining the students in school they explored Germany and Austria during a number of excursions.

Top of the trips was a visit to an outdoor heated spa and during their time with families students got to explore the BMW Museum in Munich while others took a cable car to the top of the picturesque mountains.

Olivia Kidds, 13, said: “I really enjoyed it when we went on a boat on the Königssee Lake. It went through the mountains and the guide blew a trumpet that echoed back.

“We already knew the German students because they had been here to visit and we all got on really well with their families.”

Rachel Schofield, 14, said: “I found the salt mine we went to was really interesting and inside there were slides to go down.”

The party also took a day trip to Kufstein in Austria and got the chance to visit palaces and castles.

They now keep in regular contact with each other by messaging in a group chat on WhatsApp.