Hameln and Hannover Fairy Tale Trip
2nd February 2015

At the start of the Christmas holidays, fifteen Third Form (Year 13) pupils from Oundle School visited Hameln and Hannover on the Fairy Tale trip.

On the first morning, the group headed into Hameln to meet the Rattenfänger (The Pied Piper) for the start of their fairy tale tour. They weaved through the streets, skipping to the sound of his pipe, taking in the stories and mysteries surrounding his past.

The pupils were all keen to explore the Christmas Market and enjoyed sampling the culinary delights, both sweet and savoury, that the stalls had to offer. The afternoon’s programme included climbing (a lot of stairs) to the top of the Marktkirche, from where the group gained amazing views of the town and area. It was no surprise that after this, a hot chocolate with cream and sprinkles was on everybody’s agenda and the day finished with a visit to the Museum – which added further mystery and curiosity to the Pied Piper story.

On the Sunday the group rose early to make their way to Bückeburg, enjoying a tour of the Castle, Riding School and Museum, before wandering around the local Christmas Market, again sampling the wonderful roasted nuts, pancakes and famous German sausages. The afternoon’s programme was a surprise for all when they got to see ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, performed by horses and riders and all set to music! They weren’t expecting to see a camel or an unseated rider, or a loose Jack Russell, but it added to the magic and a fun day was had by all!

On Monday the pupils enjoyed a superb tour of the city, where they learned about the development and changes that Hannover has seen during various times in history as well as about the Royal Family and how their roots stem from Hannover. Christmas Markets were in abundance and they had an enchanted lunch stop, sitting under large firs, on blocks of wood, in a forest-like creation, listening to German music! The afternoon saw them head out to the Zoo, to the Winter Wonderland Experience, where the pupils went ice skating, sampled German sausages, Kinderpunsch and other festive delicacies, as well as take the plunge on the tobogganing track!

Head of German, Emily Wagstaffe commented, “On the last day, we had a tour of the Palace and Gardens, where it was bitterly cold but fascinating nonetheless. The pupils never failed to impress with their range and breadth of questions and curiosity. From there we headed back into town for a German Stammtisch at the Ernst August Brewery Restaurant, where pupils sampled a range of traditional, meaty dishes!”

Pupil, Ruben Sector (13) commented, “As well as all the exciting things we did, I personally enjoyed the food. You can never have too many bratwursts! I learnt a lot on the trip including many useful German phrases.”

Pupil, Alexander Lee (14) commented, “This was a very interesting trip and provided an opportunity to improve our German, sample the local food, and learn some history and even some engineering and physics on our travels!”


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 due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 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. 

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