High School Upper Sixth student Fiona Campbell recently returned
from an exciting two week stay in Meckenheim, Germany organised
by UK/Germany Connections, an organisation aimed at improving
relations between the two countries.
Seventeen year old Fiona was one of 13 teenagers from across the
UK selected to take part in the cultural trip from hundreds of
Fiona, who is studying German, French, English
Literature and Geography at A Level explained:
"I first heard
about the trip last spring and thought it would be an excellent
way of immersing myself in German culture and developing my
language skills. "I lived with a lovely German family and
enjoyed experiencing the real way of life in the country, not
simply being there as a tourist. I did however enjoy several
great day trips, including visits to Bonn and Cologne. I also
had the opportunity of attending a German school for two weeks
and saw many differences between the two education systems.
"I definitely prefer going to school here in Northern Ireland
— in Germany, teenagers simply attend classes at school — there
seems to be little sense of a school community. I am lucky to be
part of Wallace with its Sixth Form centre, prefect system and
clubs and societies — I think German teenagers really miss out
on all the opportunities British schools offer.
"My trip did
however really inspire me to study languages at university I
hope to go to St Andrew's next year. I'd like to thank my German
teachers Miss Ferguson and Mrs Logan for encouraging me to apply
and I would encourage other Sixth year linguists to take part in
such a wonderful scheme."