Ralph Thoresby School seeks to provide exceptional opportunities for students to learn about the world in which they live. This week’s visit to Cologne for some 36 Y8 students has encouraged an increased awareness of German life and culture during the transition to KS4 language study.

The week is structured to encourage students to ‘learn as they do’ in a series of real-life cultural and social activities. On Tuesday, students learned more about the history and architecture of the incredible Cologne Cathedral. The students learned the history of Europe’s most famous chocolatier at the Lindt factory, before enjoying an altogether different vantage point from one of Europe’s longest cable cars. Last night's bowling trip provided the expected high level of competition. Students had a great time at PhantasiaLand, home of the world's steepest log flume and the coach was full of lively chatter about which was the best ride...and just which staff member screamed the most! The Wednesday night disco will see students putting on dancing shoes and enjoying both German and international music.

Boppard will provide the location for an altogether different cultural experience on Thursday. The town, famed for its traditional buildings, falls in the bank of the Rhine, from where students will enjoy a scenic river cruise.

Let’s hope they have been listening carefully, because Thursday evening will see the students pitted against one another in our annual quiz.

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, notes, ‘Giving young people exposure to the broader global environment is incredibly important to Ralph Thoresby School. Students are increasingly feeling confident to use their German speaking language skills and are really flying the flag for RTS across the continent.’