We recently enjoyed a trip to Königsfeld im Schwarzwald, Germany, to visit our pen friends at their school.
Zinzendorfschulen is a Moravian school situated in the Black Forest region of Germany. Mrs Moses, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, has done a superb job developing a relationship between the two schools with the staff, students and parents.
She says: “I had an idea to set up pen friends between our students and a school in Germany to build on the relationships and immerse our students in the language and culture. The first trip went so well that we’re now looking at organising annual visits. We felt so warmly welcomed into their community; Zinzendorfschulen is a really special school with striking similarities to Ockbrook in terms of ethos and feeling.”
Year 10 student, Emily Lamont, was one of the students who enjoyed experiencing the German culture and visiting her pen friend. Reflecting on the visit, she says:
“The trip did more than improving our German; we made new friends and broke a language barrier, experiencing German food, festivals, architecture, people and general life. Friendships that already existed were strengthened and we made some amazing memories. Thank you, Mrs Moses, for arranging such a fantastic trip for us!”