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Yesterday morning the exchange students experienced life in a German grammar school, attending lessons with their host partners. The group then visited the town hall, where they were met with a warm welcome, as ever, by highly popular mayor Klaus Besser, who had purchased a Union Jack and had it raised outside the town hall building in our honour.

Year 13 students Georgia and Rosina had prepared a translation of a speech by German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, addressing the issues surrounding Brexit and the future of Anglo-German relations. Year 11 students also put questions to the mayor in German, witnessed by Bundestag politician Frau Korkmaz, who was visiting from Berlin, and was so impressed that she has invited next year's exchange group to the German parliament for a personal reception.

Photos were taken for two local newspapers, in which has already featured an article about all of the Year 13 work placement participants.