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Zum 6. Mal: Der Hollandaustausch

Our buddies

At the beginning, our buddies and we were not best friends but that feeling changed quickly over the week. We got to know each other very fast because of cool activities we did together. Staying with them was an amazing experience because talking English the whole time helped us to get more self-confident and it also was a lot of fun making new friends from a different country. We are looking forward to seeing them again in May 2020.

(Konstantin 9d & Lou Maximilian 9b)

The Over-Betuwe College

The Over-Betuwe College was very special for us because of all the differences we noticed. It already started with the way to school, where the students cycled in a group of at least four, without even causing an accident! They always cycled next to each other, so we had to get used to that first. After the 40-minute ride, we arrived at school. School-life is very relaxed in the colourful building, with nice teachers and the opportunities they have to learn. For example, they could use their phones, whenever they had to research something. Also, teachers create their lessons with a lot of digital material, which is really nice in our opinion.

(Ish 9b)

On our first day of visiting our exchange buddies in the Netherlands we took a look at their school and participated in a Delftware workshop. First we designed our plate on a piece of paper. Then we started to paint Delft Blue on the plates. I (Patricia) decided to draw a windmill next to a river.

(Emilija 9e & Patricia 9d)

The Hague (Den Haag)

One day we spent in The Hague. It is an amazing city, because it has narrow streets with old houses in a nice building style. We saw famous buildings like the International Court of Justice or the Royal Palace. The city is full of life and much more beautiful than Berlin. We took very many pictures, because we liked the old architecture and it was our first visit there. Last but not least, there are good shopping oppportunities for clothes, postcards or presents or for other things. We liked The Hague very much.

(Costa & Merle 9b)

Openlucht Museum in Arnhem

On Friday the 13th we visited an outdoor museum, which shows how people lived in the Netherlands in the past. Together with our exchange partners we had to solve multiple crime cases with the help of hints in different locations. This task was a real life mediation task for which we had to communicate in English in our groups to be able to give the correct answers. (The app was in Dutch only.) We enjoyed the games we could play in the exhibition centre the most and hope to do it again sometime.

(Alessia & Minh 9b)

Our cycling tour in the Betuwe

We also did a cycling tour from the school in Bemmel to Doornenburg Castle. We got assignments for which we had to take pictures of certain places. We cycled on the dykes and saw a lot of cattle in the polders and the river Waal. After a while it started to rain and it was pretty cold but altogether it was a wonderful cycling tour.

(Tina 9e & Finja 9a)

When we arrived at Doornenburg Castle, we had a picnic. The food our hosts brought was nice and everyone got a hot chocolate from the café because of the cold and rainy weather. The castle was already built in the 13th century and it’s located in the east of the Betuwe.

(Paulina & Tom 9b)

What surprised us

The first thing that was very surprising was that the English skills of the exchange partners were not as different from ours as Ms Scheyhing wanted to make us believe.

In the bilingual course of the OBC Bemmel, every single subject is taught in English – except for the languages of course. They also have a different system of grades. They have numbers one to ten, ten being the best. When we went to our buddies’ homes, we noticed that the houses in the region are rather small, but also very colorful and often different from each other in their architecture. In the cities the houses were often quite big with huge back yards, trampolines, pets and other forms of entertainment. The home furnishing wasn´t that special compared to Germany.

(Ivo 9a, Lena & Izabella 9d)

Hollandaustausch in Berlin 2019

Erstellt am 6. Juni 2019 von Henriette Hess.
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Im Mai war es wieder soweit: Zum fünften Mal besuchten uns Schülerinnen und Schüler vom Over Betuwe College in Bemmel im Rahmen des inzwischen fest etablierten Schüleraustauschs mit dem bilingualen Gymnasium.

Wir waren dieses Mal eine Gruppe von insgesamt 42 deutschen und holländischen Neuntklässlern, die vom 13. bis zum 18.05.2019 ein buntes Programm in Berlin und Potsdam absolvierten. Die Gäste lernten zunächst unsere Schule kennen, dann die historische Berliner Innenstadt. Im Tränenpalast wurde uns nahe gebracht, wie man hier die deutsche Teilung erlebte. Das Museum Urban Nation organisierte für uns eine Themenführung zur Street Art im Bülowkiez und einen Tape Art Workshop, bei dem jeder sein einzigartiges Berlin-Souvenir selbst gestaltete.

Zum ersten Mal führten wir unsere Gäste auch nach Potsdam. Schloss Sanssouci erstrahlte vor blauem Himmel und machte mächtig Eindruck. Der Besuch im Matrix-Club blieb unangefochtener Höhepunkt, was das fröhliche Miteinander betrifft. Das Science Center Spectrum mit anschließendem Ausklang im Park am Gleisdreieck rundeten das Programm ab.

Und wieder gab es beim Abschied auf dem Hauptbahnhof Tränen, was beweist, wie intensiv ein Schüleraustausch sein kann!

Wir freuen uns, dass der Hollandaustausch im nächsten Schuljahr in die sechste Runde geht. Die vielen Anmeldungen zeigen das große Interesse am Projekt.

Exchange between year-9-students from OBC Bemmel (NL) and SCG Berlin (DE)

Erstellt am 8. Oktober 2018 von Henriette Hess.
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Monday, 24.09. (Darya, Maria)

The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the really clean train station Arnhem Centraal. On our bus trip to Bemmel we were even more surprised when we saw a real cow on a rooftop!
We were really excited to meet our exchange partners for the first time in front of the school. At our host families’ houses we found out that the Dutch do not take their shoes off at home. Differ-ent habits!

Tuesday, 25.09. (Vici, Louisa, Julia)
Cycling is VERY popular in the Netherlands, which we saw with our own eyes on the first day of school. Almost everyone came to school by bike. We met many other cycling students and rode as a large group. The school has a very large shed for all the bikes. We had never seen so many bikes in one place and they were all different (electric, regular, mountain …) It was a nice change to cycle every day in the beautiful rural area, but generally prefer to go by bus.

Wednesday, 26.09. (Alisha, Anneliese, Annemieke, Fabrizio)
On Wednesday we went to the Openlucht Museum in Arnhem. It’s an open-air museum where we saw for example how old Dutch houses were built and learnt a lot about life in the country.
After that our group of six Dutch and seven German girls went bowling and had much fun. I think we really liked each other even though the Dutch girls won!

Thursday, 27.09. (Caroline, Deborah, Iliana)
Out eagerly anticipated trip to Amsterdam! We started with a “selfie-tour”. We had to take photos of famous sights like the Oude Kerk (Old Church) or the Anne Frank Huis and send them to the teacher.
After that we went to the Rijksmuseum where we could see pictures like “The Nightwatch” by Rem-brandt as well as Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait.
In our free time we enjoyed the beautiful old buildings and the canals. We also went to the famous flower market. It was very unusual for us to see so many cyclists in such a big city! We wished we had had more time to see more of this great city. This day has clearly encouraged us to come to Amsterdam again.

Friday, 28.09. (Fabrizio)
First we assembled at the OBC with our bikes where we were split into groups and got a worksheet to fill in on the bike tour.
Then we all met at Doornenburg (a castle) before starting the canoeing tour. One boat capsized – and I suspect the Dutch boys even liked it.
A fabulous way to finish the trip was the farewell party at Fort Lent. It is a national monument and party venue run by Pepijn’s father. So we were really lucky to be able to party there.

Saturday, 29.09. (Lara, Yael)
Saying farewell turned out to be a very emotional and sad moment, even though we were looking forward to coming home at the same time. Now we can’t wait to see the Dutch class in Berlin in May 2019!