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Stamford Endowed Schools and Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium in Bonn, Germany, celebrate 60 years of their exchange programme

What is thought to be the longest-running German exchange programmes in Britain has celebrated a landmark anniversary.

Students, staff and alumni at Stamford Endowed Schools celebrated the 60th anniversary of their annual German exchange with Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium in Bonn which took place between Tuesday last week and Monday this week.

The exchange involves a dozen pupils each year with those from Germany visiting each November and Stamford pupils returning to Germany in March.

The exchange pupils enjoying their trip to Burghley House
The exchange pupils enjoying their trip to Burghley House

Annette Chauvaux, head of German at Stamford School and coordinator of the exchange, said: ”It was fantastic to host the 60th annual German exchange, commemorating the two schools’ remarkable relationship.

"The trip not only helps develop the visiting students’ understanding of the English language and culture, but enhances the students’ strong friendships further.

"A particular highlight this year was that the exchange coincided with Stamford Endowed Schools’ charity rock concert, where current pupils and staff demonstrated their musical talents in an evening of fundraising.

"We can’t wait for our return trip to visit Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium in the Spring!”

German guests enjoyed trips to London and Cambridge, participated in school lessons, attended Stamford’s Charity Rock Concert and explored Burghley House.

The Burghley House tour kicked off the celebrations on Wednesday last week.

The outgoing and new principals of Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium, Ernst-Martin Heel and Nicolas Heel, alongside the partner schools headmaster, Dr Ulrich Drescher and his wife, the co-ordinator of the exchange, Kerstin Krüsselmann, joined the group for the afternoon.

Refreshments were enjoyed by the group in the Orangery restaurant.

That evening, Will Phelan, principal of Stamford Endowed Schools, hosted a dinner for all involved in the exchange.

The German guests received Katie Cardew commissioned prints of both Stamford School and Stamford High School, while the schools received a statue of the composer Beethoven from the guests, who was also from Bonn.

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