At King’s, German is taught from Reception to year 12, with students in year 5 studying Japanese and German for one semester each to enable them to choose which language they wish to continue with from year 6 onwards.

An important and exciting opportunity exists within our programme to take part in the exchange we have with Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Gymnasium (D.B.G.) in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne. This exchange was initiated by our dear colleague and friend, the late Michael Parfitt. King’s students visit D.B.G. every two years whilst in the alternate year students from D.B.G. visit King’s. It is always an exciting and busy time for the teachers and students as they plan each and every exchange trip to Germany. In addition to renewing recently made friendships in Bergisch Gladbach, they also visit Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Dachau, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Neuschwanstein - the fairytale castle, and then Salzburg in Austria, thus experiencing a whole new culture before heading home. Students who have taken part in past exchanges have said how valuable such exchanges are and how their trip will remain a wonderful memory long after they leave King’s.

Overview of Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Gymnasium and Bergisch Gladbach

Bergisch Gladbach is a town which is situated about a half an hour’s train ride from Cologne in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in the west of Germany. The population of Bergisch Gladbach is 105,000. Despite its proximity to the large city of Cologne, it remains a friendly town not far away from the beautiful hills of the Bergisch countryside.

The school itself is a year 5-13 academic “grammar” school with a very good English programme through all year levels.

Isabelle Glauner working with some students


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