On Wednesday the 4th of December a number of transition year students travelled to Germany for an exchange with St. Nathy’s partner school Gymnasium Leoninium Handrup. The trip began with a bus journey to Dublin airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This was then followed by a two hour flight to Bremen. Once we arrived at the school, we met our exchange partners and travelled home with them with for the evening. The following day school was cancelled due to stormy weather, much to the disappointment to the students!
On Thursday we attended class and got a guided tour of the modern school and its amazing facilities. The group then travelled to the historic city of Munster and visited the traditional German Christmas Market. The students then spent the weekend with their exchange families taking part in a variety of activities. On Monday, the group travelled to two cities, Bremen and Bremerhaven. We got a tour of the city of Bremen and visited historic parts of such as the statues of Roland and the Musicians of Bremen. We then visited a famine museum, learning about emigration and migration in Germany.
On Tuesday, the group travelled to Meyer Werft, a massive and truly amazing ship factory located in Papenburg. The group returned early to attend a farewell party in the school. The Irish stole the show providing entertainment such as singing, Irish dancing and playing of tin whistle and flute, while the Germans remained reserved. Some German cuisine was then provided for all in attendance. On Wednesday, the group returned back to Ballaghaderreen at seven o’clock following a very enjoyable yet tiresome trip.
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The group would like to thank all involved in organising the trip, especially Mrs. Finan, Mr. Ronayne and Mr. O’Suilleabhain who accompanied is to Germany.