Latymer welcomes German Exchange students to London

Since 1948 students from the Johanneum School in Hamburg have been coming to Latymer, in what is the longest-running student exchange scheme in the world. 

During summer half term Latymerians from Year 10 travelled to Hamburg and enjoyed a fabulous week with their exchange partners. They were keen to return the hospitality when they welcomed their exchange partners to London in June. 

The group of German students and their teachers arrived on the Monday to a gloriously sunny Hammersmith and after a walk along the river and lunch they met up with their partners at the end of the school day.  Having got on so well, they were very happy to be reunited.  

On Tuesday after a tour of the school they were taken to the British Museum by our Deputy Head, Mr Emerson, followed by a trip to Covent Garden.  

From Tuesday to Friday they got to go to the first lesson of the day with their partners and were interested to see something of school life here.  


Tuesday’s trip was to Greenwich by boat with Mrs Healy our Head of German, and on Wednesday they went on a  tour of the Globe with Ms Werrmann, German Assistent, before having lunch at Borough Market.  

The week was rounded off with a trip to The Tower on Friday with Mrs Temple, with all the fun of the slides at the Superbloom exhibition. 

In the evening, there was a reception evening to thank all the participants and families for making this exchange such a happy and successful one.  The Head, Mr Goodhew thanked everyone and reminded us all of the wonderful story behind this very special connection between the Johanneum and Latymer.

Saturday was a fun-filled day with their host families before the reluctant goodbye at Heathrow airport on Sunday afternoon. 

We look forward to meeting a new group of students from the Johanneum who will be coming over to Latymer in September for the 74th annual exchange. 

Author: carolineroberts

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