At the weekend the MFL department took 40 students (yr 8-11) on the annual Christmas markets trip to Cologne, Germany.

Students had an amazing time practicing their German at the traditional markets and sampling authentic German food and drink.  Many bought fabulous, hand-crafted gifts for family and friends and enjoyed interacting with the friendly stall holders.

It wasn’t all about food and shopping! Some students climbed 533 steps to enjoy the views from the top of Cologne cathedral whilst others went ice-skating in the magical “Heinzel’s Wintermaerchen” market.

On the way home we stopped off in beautiful Bruges for more festive fun and a chance encounter with a couple of celebrities!

The atmosphere throughout the trip was truly magical and the students were an absolute credit to themselves and the school throughout.

” I really enjoyed the trip because I learned about a different culture”.

“The ice-skating was great and the atmosphere was amazing…The stalls were so beautiful”.

“I loved the atmosphere and the smell of food”.

“I really liked the German food – it was delicious”.

“es war wunderbar in Koeln”.

“The lights in Cologne are beautiful at night”.