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School group from Offenburg experience best of Borehamwood
German students were treated to a taste of what is best about Borehamwood during a visit to the town.
A group of 15 and 16 year olds from the Kaufmännischen Schulen in Borehamwood’s twin town of Offenburg spent today experiencing what the town has to offer.
As well as being treated to a historical tour by David Armitage of Borehamwood and Elstree Museum, the children were surprised to learn from Nick Male about how many of their favourite films were produced at Elstree Studios.
The students also visited Hertswood Academy in Cowley Hill where they learned about life in the school and were given a guided tour by Sixth Form students.
Teacher Susanne Schilb was very impressed by what Borehamwood has to offer.
She said: “It’s fantastic to come to the town, especially as we have such close links to it.
“The children have very much enjoyed learning about schools here and about the town’s film history.
“This is our first visit, and we didn’t know what to expect, although it certainly won’t be the last.”
Student Marcus Duffner said he thought Borehamwood was a lively and interesting place to visit.
He said: “Offenburg does not have so many little shops selling such a variety of things.
“I had no idea Star Wars was filmed here, I thought it was from the USA.”
Tim Schnepf, 15, said his favourite part of the day had been the visit to Hertswood Academy.
He commented: “It is a really nice school. I found it very bright and colourful, and there was a far better choice of courses on offer than at my own school.”
Vice chairman of the Borehamwood and Elstree Twin Town Association Andrew Grady helped organise the visit.
He said the day had been “hectic” but congratulated the children on their excellent behaviour, which had been a credit to the town.
He added: “We have been trying to carry something like this out for a long time.
“I hope this visit will serve as an olive branch in strengthening relations between our schools and those in Borehamwood.”
Five of the children and their teachers will also be present at tonight’s international evening, organised by the twin town association at Fairway Hall in Brook Close.
During the evening, there will be food from France and Germany, as well as delicacies from its new partner China.
People will also perform songs from all four countries.
Mr Grady added: “We’re already nearly fully booked. The atmosphere will be wonderful and we expect it to be a very enjoyable celebration of all four cultures.”
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