Exchange program Vol. 2
As in previous years the exchange programme took place at the beginning of the school year. Our partner school from Pallazollo (Italy) visited us from the 27th September until 3rd October 2015. Following students were hosting our friends from Italy during their stay: Firuze, Kamilla, Ninorte, Britta, Viktoria, Justin, Cassandra, Emanuel, Cedric, Tobias and Silvio. At this point we would also like to thank the teachers Mrs. Belzner, Mr. Höfer, Mr. Depner,and our headmaster Mr. Hertner for their engagement through out the exchange programme. The whole week we were able to enjoy the activities which Mr. Depner had organized for us, with still enough spare time for the exchange partners to spend together.
They arrived after a long journey on Sunday afternoon. We prepared the music room for a warm welcome. The teachers bought some snacks and drinks. The most of us knew each other from last year or from the last exchange project. Immediately we felt comfortable and started talking to each other. The exchange students, who visited us this year were Emilia, Sara, Andrea, Allesandro, Allesandro, Marco L., Alberto and Marco C. This time they were accompanied by their German teacher Luciana and Franka. After the meeting we all went home and started preparing for the next day.
Every morning we woke up early, so that we could spend as much time as possible together. When we arrived at school the rock band performed for us their self-composed music. They were very nice and entertaining compositions. Mr. Depner and Mr. Hertner spoke some words of welcome and gave us further information for the following days. After that we had some spare time before the football tournament started. A lot of students from the DRS and all exchange students took part. The games were very exciting and interesting. The same team that won last year managed to defend their title. After the tournament we came together and discussed about the further course of the day. We decided to meet at “Pressuti” in the evening. Before that some of us went to the city centre for something to eat or went home.
On the schedule for the next day we had six school lessons. Afterwards we went home, had something to eat and prepared the canoeing with the “dragon boat”. The school has its own dragon boat called the “DRS Drache”. It’s huge and looks just awesome. All the exchange students as well as the SMV-team went for a rowing tour down the Neckar with the “DRS Drache”! We were so many that we went twice. The teamwork was perfect and it was very funny with the teachers. However, rowing is such hard work. I bet that many pupils could feel an aching the next day. To celebrate our rowing experience we ate Pizza together. The best part was that the teachers paid for us. We enjoyed the food and of course had a lot of fun.
The next morning we met at the main station, because we were going to visit Stuttgart. There we got a guided tour. The guide showed us the important sights at the Königstraße. After that she gave every group a street quiz to fill out. After all groups had finished their tasks the Italian students were supposed read out the answers in German. They managed to read out the text very well. Then we had some spare time. Almost the whole group went to Milaneo. In Milaneo we had lunch and then we all went shopping. We enjoyed shopping for clothes and comparing our tastes in fashion but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to look through all shops. On the way home everybody was feeling tired but we still decided to go to Presutti in the evening, after we had rested at home.
On the fifth day we went to school for two lessons. After that we went climbing. So we drove with the bus to the climbing arena in Heilbronn. There we got some instructions about the security, after that we climbed for about three hours. At first it wasn’t a problem to climb but after about one hour you didn’t even have enough power to get up on the wall. But this was extremely cool and it was fun for everyone. Afterwards we had spare time and we used it to rest after this exhausting day. But we still went out all together in the evening.
The last day of our exchange we spent in Heidelberg, where we drove with the Heidelberg Mountain Railway to the top of the mountain. There we visited the falconry. They showed us different kinds of hawks and owls and how the hawks hunt. The eagle owl was the most impressive. It was so gorgeous, the feathers so soft and inaudible while hunting. It flew between our heads and left the wind behind. After that we looked at the Heidelberg castle and took a group picture. When we were finished with the visit we had time to walk through the city. We ate something, visited shops and brought souvenirs. After that we walked to the station and went home. The funniest moment of this day was that two students missed the train and they had to wait one hour. In the evening the teachers organised a barbecue and everyone came with their host families. The barbecue was fantastic, some families brought salads along and we ate them all. After the dinner the teachers said their last words and their opinion about the week. The exchange students and their teachers prepared a short presentation where they spoke words of acknowledgment for the time they spent in Heilbronn. At the end of the day we went for the last time to Presutti together.
The next morning we met at school to say goodbye. We hugged each other and promised to come to Italy.
So the part of the project “from Italy to Germany” was finished. The students were so friendly and communicative we could talk about everything. The week was exhausting but it was worth it. We had a lot of fun. We are proud to be a part of this project. Now we are looking forward to take part in the next step “from Germany to Italy”.
24. November 2015