Ready, Steady, Go
Thanks to another successful ERASMUS+ bid between Meadowhead School and our partner schools in Germany and Spain, we were able to welcome 16 excited Y9 students and their two teachers, Frau Caesar and Frau Poertzgen from the Gymnasium auf der Karthause for a week long exchange programme (26/2-4/3/2020)
READY STEADY GO – Bridging languages through sports, is a 2 year, European funded project between our school and our long established partner schools in Zaragoza, (Spain), and Koblenz (Germany), comprising 3 core aims:
1 : To improve language skills of students aged 13-18, and to encourage uptake of MFL study at Further/Higher Education level.
2 : To allow disadvantaged students to participate in exchanges and travel abroad
Abroad in this fully funded project,
3 : To enrich foreign language teaching and learning, and intercultural education through a new collaborative project focused on European sports.
In line with our project theme, we started our sports activities straight away on the first evening, when first friendships were formed while ice skating at ICE Sheffield.
On the second day, our German visitors were welcomed into the school, where they went to lessons and were introduced to the rules and insights of a variety of sports loved by their exchange partners.
After a successful trial run under the fantastic coaching from Alex W. and Eve, we were able to play several rounds of netball outside. This is a very unknown sport in Germany and the students did very well learning some of the basic rules so quickly.
On Friday, the German students explored Sheffield town centre with the cathedral and Weston Park museum.
In the evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday, the host families provided a varied programme of activities including climbing, trampoline jumping, board games, walking, and excursions to York, the Butterfly House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park or London. On Saturday evening, we all attended the ice hockey match between Sheffield Steelers and Fife Flyers. Everyone loved the experience and the amazing atmosphere, not least because the Steelers won 8:2!
Monday continued in the name of sport as we enjoyed a joint trip to Manchester, where we explored the football museum. Students and teachers got involved in the many interactive activities and were amazed by the many items on display.
We also enjoyed time in the Science Museum and the beautiful John Rylands library.
Tuesday came too soon, and after lessons for our students and an adventurous walk from Bakewell to Chatsworth for the German students, we all welcomed the afternoon tea at the Double Tree Hilton, which served as a great opportunity to thank everyone for the fantastic week, hand out certificates and watch a few dance moves.
A few tears were shed on Wednesday morning before our visitors had to make their journey back.
It was, once again, a fantastic opportunity for our students and their families to experience this intercultural exchange funded by ERASMUS+ and we are looking forward to our return visit in the future.