Lumen Christi students from Yr 9 and Yr 10 - 17 in all - have enjoyed a trip to Germany.
They started their trip in Mnster, with their host families. This was a reciprocal visit. Students from Pascal Gymnasium were billeted with students from Lumen in April, last year.
Students experienced European life, the independence of travelling everywhere by bike, the rigour and challenges of German schooling and the beauty of Mnster with its stunning medieval buildings and vibrant culture.
They then travelled by train to Berlin and attended the Berlin Reunification Celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate.
They also visited Checkpoint Charlie, the Eastside Gallery, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Stasi Museum, Spy Museum, the Rittersport Chocolate Factory, Pergamon Museum and did an walking and graffiti tours.
There was of course time to sample the local cuisine including currywurst.
The students travelled by train to a UNESCO World Heritage site called Bamberg, a largely untouched medieval town and did a walking tour, tunnel tour, spaghettieis taste testing and also managed to get to a costume store to purchase their outfits for Oktoberfest. They had a day trip to Nuremberg where they saw the Nazi Rally Grounds and toured the old city and castle.
Next stop was Heidelberg, everyones favourite. The group were overwhelmed with its beauty, the mountains and the stunning castle gripping the side of the mountains. A highlight was a night out to the local Oktoberfest. All enjoyed the dancing and Apfelschorle (a mixture of apple juice and sparkling mineral water). Their tours included a solar boat trip on the Neckar river and a visit to the oldest university in Germany and its student prison.
The students celebrated their last night within the Heidelberg Castle with a three-course meal to end a very special cultural feast.
They were all inspired to continue with their travels and their German language studies. Many have made life-long friends and are dreaming and planning their next visit to Europe.
Teachers said the students came home with a renewed appreciation of the beauty of our own little corner of the world.
Teachers who attended were Sarah-Jane Morgan, Rodney Fish and Janine Watters.
Yr 10 students who attended were Emily Burton, Alex Haslam, Georgia Maratheftis, Paddy McKeown, Lochlann ODuibhir, Seana Osborne, Mia Palmer, Nicola Pascoe, Slevin Rajapakse and Liliana Watters.
Yr 9 students were Oliver Corcoran, Persia De Jong, Hugo Innes- Humberstone, Connor Laughton, Zali Lavender, Chelsea Parks and Jacob Shields.