England1Hey future 8th graders, do you want to travel to England? Then you are very lucky-because you can do so soon! This year, we – the pupils of year 8 - took the chance and we don´t regret it. And here is how it went:It was 6 o’clock in the morning when we started our journey. All of us were very excited. We went by bus and ferry. After 18 hours we finally arrived at Culford School and went straight to our rooms. Those were quiet, clean and pretty comfortable.

From the next morning on, we went to the school cantine 3 times a day - for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cantine staff was very friendly and the meals were really tasty. We had e.g. Italian, British and American food: pancakes, burgers or typical English breakfast.

On the first, day we went on a tour around the school campus. It is very big with a great park-like outdoor area that can be used for many activities; e.g jogging or just taking a walk. Culford school also has its own library, a church, many sports fields and much more.

In the afternoons and evenings, we did different activities: baking, art, songwriting and many different sports like tennis, netball, rugby, benchball… We did these activities with our very sympathetic teachers, who also taught us in the lessons.

For these lessons, we were divided into four classes based on our prior knowledge of English. The topics of the lessons were interesting and very varying, we did e. g. history, grammar and had many speaking lessons. In the lessons we could collect points for our houses: there were four of them, they were called Cherry, Oak, Ash and Willow and it was pretty much like in Harry Potter.

We also did a lot of excursions. We went to London, Norwich, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge and also into Thetford Forest, where we did a mountainbike tour. In London, we had a lot of shopping time, we flew with the London Eye and did a lot of sightseeing. We went; for example, to Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. In Norwich, we visited one of the famous Norwich Cathedral and did a quiz about it. Those who got it right even won a prize! In Cambridge we had a lot of fun doing punting- that`s a boat trip on flat boats, just like those in Venice. We also learned a lot about the different colleges in Cambridge. The 4th trip was to Bury St. Edmunds, where we also did a quiz about the town.

Our opinion: All in all, we had a lot of fun, the food was good, the teachers were understanding and supportive, our house was clean and it was all rather awesome.

We would definitely recommend it to everyone, who likes the English language and culture.

written by Smilla and Anne

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