We are the Planckers!

Projekt Planck is Wollaston School’s exchange programme with the Max-Planck-Gymnasium (Bremen, Germany) promoting the value of Languages and the close link between German and the Sciences.

Following their German partners’ visit to Wollaston in September, 38 Year 9, 10 and 13 students made the return trip to Bremen before half term.

During the week they were treated to a tour of Bremen’s beautiful city centre, some hands-on science experiments at the Universum, a day in a German school and a trip around the World’s different climate zones at the Klimahaus. There was plenty of time inbetween to socialise, speak lots of German, shop, go bowling and even watched Bohemian Rhapsody German. This inspired Mr Rockingham to rewrite one of Queen’s songs as an ode to the exchange program, which we all performed at the end of the trip. We held a quiz at the end of the week, to see what we had learned! The winners all chose prizes to help them remember their experience.

Though sad to say farewell to our German friends, all felt proud of their achievement and were buzzing about their many experiences. Languages are all about bringing people together and require a willingness to go out of one’s comfort zone, a quality shown in great measure by all who took part. With a national decline in language learning at GCSE and A-Level it is always really positive to see our students throwing themselves at these opportunities and becoming citizens of the world.