Canvey Island Welcomes Aachen Students

PUPILS from Geschwister Scholl Guymnasium, Aachen, have just returned to Germany from their week long annual visit to Canvey Island, which included a basic programme of school and social visits.

Kai Lehnigher, a teacher accompanying the students, said that this was his tenth year of visiting, and the children had had as much enjoyment this year as in the past.

Aachen students at the island's Transport Museum

The programme began last Monday with a visit to the Castle Point Transport museum in Point Road where both the mayor (Councillor Cliff Brunt) and representatives from the museum met the children and took them for a tour of the island on the open deck bus.

Tuesday saw them in Castle View School where they were welcomed by the new head teacher (Ms. Gill Thomas) and spent the day split into various class group lessons.

On Wednesday, the party, including Furtherwick teachers and students, went to London for sight seeing. They visited Tower Bridge, which opened to allow a sailing barge through; The Tower itself; the Monument; the Palace of Westminster; St. James Park; Buckingham Palace; Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

Thursday saw Furtherwick Park pupils writing-up their London visit and presenting it in English – as well as performing some amusing tasks with newspapers (dressing up as super heros!). This was followed by a BBQ at the school, with visiting teachers from Winter Gardens Primary School, St Katherine’s Church of England School and Castle View School.

St Katherine's Gemma Doo in class with students

On Friday morning, the group visited St. Katherine’s where Ms Gemma Doo and Mrs D. Bryant are establishing German lessons; and Winter Gardens, where they were welcomed by Stephen Harris, the head teacher, and took part in classroom art activity organised by Miss Esther Brand.

The whole group met up for school lunch at Winter Gardens Primary School before departure.

Ms Gill Thomas said how she intended to establish new links with European schools, as well as continuing this long established link with GSG Aachen, when the Furtherwick and Castle View Schools merge in 2011.

The Island School Consortium, consisting of the island’s eight primary schools, is supported by Ms Gemma Doo, of St Katherine’s, and Heather Manning, of Winter Gardens Primary School – whom are currently planning a Bastille Day for 14th July.