Cologne becomes a school classroom


Foreign language students from Bognor Regis have taken their studies to Europe.

A total of 38 students from The Regis School spent three days in Cologne to bolster their learning of German.

They visited the Bayer-Leverkusen football stadium, walked around the old quarter of the city and went on a cruise along the River Rhine to learn more about the city’s history and admire its architecture.

These were followed by a quick visit to the Bruhl Palace before the highlight of 
the trip – a visit to Phantasialand.

Next came a climb up the 533 steps of the Cologne Cathedral Tower to admire the view from the top of the cathedral before some shopping time ahead of the journey home.

George Hume, 14, said: “It was fun and interesting going to another country and trying to communicate with the people there.

“I especially liked climbing the Cologne Cathedral and going to Phantasialand. It was a very exciting experience.”

Fellow 14-year-old pupil Jasmine Small said: “I really enjoyed the German trip to Cologne because it was a new experience for me.

“My favourite part of the visit was Phantasialand where all the rides were thrilling. I learned even more things about the language in Germany, like words and phrases and how the culture is different from here.”

The visit also included a competitive game of bowling won by Erica Stone, 14.

Teacher Ute Bretschneider went with the students. She said: “Cologne is a fantastic city to visit.”