During the Christmas holidays, the German department took a group of Third Form (Year 9) German pupils on a tour of Germany that combined all aspects of German culture.
On the first morning, the pupils went to Wolfsburg, 'die Autostadt' where Volkswagen makes its cars. Everyone was amazed by the size and scale of the factory.
William Stairs (13) commented, “The tour around the Autostadt started with an exhibition about the different stages of car manufacturing, which was very interesting. After this we went to the pavilions of all the Volkswagen owned brands where we had a chance to sit in all the cars. The most amazing part was the car towers where new cars are stored before being picked up by the buyers.
The second part of the tour was around the factory itself on a very fun bendy bus. Everyone in the factory was hard at work doing their own tasks on each car.”
After all this excitement the group travelled back to Hanover for the 'Hanover is cool' tour, which ended near the magnificent town hall of Hanover. Following this they all had time in the Christmas market to buy some traditional food.
The next day they were ready for a new adventure on the tram system.
William added, “The teachers tasked us with talking to people in German to find out different things about German culture. Between us we found out a lot about the Germans and Hanover that we didn't know before.”
The second half of the day involved travelling to Hamelin where the group enjoyed an amazing tour around the old city lead by the Pied Piper himself. They wound in and out of all the narrow alleyways and lanes of Hamelin while the Piper played tunes and danced.
The remainder of the trip included an opportunity to visit a castle in Bückeburg, home to the Prince of Schaumburg's family, where pupils had the chance to see the decorations and the huge halls that were 500 years old; watching a horse show hosted by the castle owners and shopping in the Hannover Christmas market.
William concluded, “Our final meal in Germany was at an old brewery where we all had schnitzel or currywurst.”
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.