Children please share with us your experiences of Schuttorf
Your Report should include
1. 3 favourite bits of the trip with explanations
2. A new experience e.g. flying – what was it like?
3. What was it like being away from home? Was it the first time?
4. We’re there any funny embarrassing moments?
5. Any thank you’s and for what?
I thoroughly enjoyed last week. The group of children were always polite and well mannered and endeared themselves to everyone. They truly demonstrated they understand the values they are taught at home and in school and importantly they were a credit to themselves .
The two flights were testing for adults let alone children , They listened to us, held each other’s hands and demonstrated true grit and resilience .
As a mum I understand the challenge in allowing a child to travel so far with “ strange” adults but the German team ensured a great few days of fun and education, they all enjoyed mixing with the Hungarian and German children – creating friends is a life skill- I saw genuine tears of sadness yesterday morning as “our “ children understood the Hungarian children were leaving . I’m sure we will try and ensure some contact. In short I saw children enjoying themselves and leaning – I too have learnt from this weeks experiences ( no one is ever too old to learn ! )
Thank you again. I have missed seeing them today . 😘
What an amazing experience in the sleepy German cities of Schuttorf and Bad Bentheim.
From the moment we left Cardiff under the guise of Storm Ceira, until our return journey under the cloud of Storm Dennis, the children were a credit to themselves, their school and most certainly their parents.
Impeccable manners wherever they went, was complemented by a high standard of behaviour on the trips out and when in the German school.
Friendships were forged between the Welsh and the Hungarian children, who spoke little English, this highlighting that language isn’t a barrier to friendship.
It was extremely pleasing to see that by the end of the week, the children had become quite proficient at ‘buffet style’ eating, with a little help from the staff. It was great to see clear plates and tables and their kind words to the kitchen staff brought a tear to their eyes, and ours.
Living in a dormitory brings with it lots of skills including, respecting each other’s space, ensure your area is tidy, deciding on rules you can all agree on and getting on with each other. Listening to other’s opinions or giving allowing time for them to indicate theirs. This often involves compromise. Overall the children coped extremely well, especially when they were given detailed directions of where the shower block was. Bedtimes were well respected, not that is was anything to do with sheer exhaustion.
To give this a personal touch, the children were awesome and definitely added to our enjoyment of the trip. Early mornings smiles and a great sense of humour made every day special and enjoyable. It was a great privilege to experience a wonderful country with such wonderful children. I hope you all enjoyed the week and write lovely Blog reports about it.
Report written by MR. G