Mounts Bay is partnered with Hermann Wesselink College, a school near Amsterdam. In March our students went to visit and had an amazing action packed week, experiencing school life in a Dutch school alongside many other trips and activities throughout the week. Recently the Dutch students visited Cornwall and got to experience our way of life. The sun was out for their arrival and the start of a busy week began with cream teas and an afternoon with their English host family. Monday involved the Dutch students attending an assembly and wearing school uniform, two competently new experiences for them! They also visited a number of lessons to see how the two schools compared.
The theme for this exchange was ‘H2O – Friend or Foe?’. In Holland the Mounts Bay students visited Amsterdam, Kinderdijk and Rotterdam Harbour to see how the Sea and water influences their culture, industry and how the potential threats of the sea have been reduced by using Dykes and Windmills. Whist in Cornwall, the exchange group visited Penzance, St Ives, The Eden Project, Lands’ End and Sennen, to see how the Sea has influenced our local industries of Fishing and Tourism, and how new businesses such as water sports companies have grown. As part of this the students had a surf lesson delivered by Global Boarders.
Both sides of the exchange was action packed providing lots of new experiences and the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships; many of the students involved within our exchange continue to remind in contact and make plans to visit each other during holidays.
Mounts Bay Academy and our Dutch partner school Hermann Wesselink College, will be taking part in a cultural exchange in 2017 and we are looking for students moving from Year 8 into year 9 and Year 9 into year 10 to join us.
Hermann Wesselink College is a Bilingual school and the students who take part in this exchange have 60% of their lessons in English. They have a strong emphasis on students experiencing internationalism and exchange trips being part of this. Our students will be exchanging with students in class 3, who are aged between 14-15years old.
This exchange trip has been running for two years and both groups of Mounts Bay students have thoroughly enjoyed the exchange, many of the students involved have made lasting friendships. The exchange trip will involve staying with your exchange partner and family in Holland and then hosting your exchange partner for 6 nights on their return visit.
The dates of the exchange trip are yet to be confirmed and the cost will be approximately £300, the vast majority of this is to cover the flights. If you have any questions or would like to be part of the exchange please see or email Mr Strong or Mrs Trevail.