World Challenge Exhibition 2012 Seventeen members of year 9 accompanied by James Rostron (Head of Year 9) and Martin Lea (Head of Science) took on the challenge of the High Atlas Mountain range in Morocco at the end of July. In sweltering heat, the challengers completed a 4 day trek across beautiful mountain scenery to reach the Tizi n'Tacheddirt pass at an altitude of nearly 3500m. Students described the experience as ‘awesome, unforgettable, a truly wonderful experience and a great way to learn about Moroccan culture’
Following the BVGS visit to Lyon in March, our French counterparts from Lycée Louise Labé arrived in Birmingham on 29 June. The weekend began with a meal , followed by trips into town, a visit to Cadbury World and a barbecue organised and hosted by Mark Poniatowski and his family. Some French students even had a chance to see the Olympic Flame as it passed through the West Midlands. Many thanks to all students, staff and families who helped to support the exchange and contributed to making it such a great success, Thanks also to Soraya Adbelbaki, André Mathé and Julien Jacquelin for all their hard work as organisers of the trip. Here’s to a fantastic third year!
In May, accompanied by Rüdi Götschel, Mark Keeble, Laura King, 35 students embarked on a five day visit to the Rhineland, which included Cologne by night, a visit to the Lindt Chocolate Museum, the Sports and Olympic Museum, a visit to a TV studio, the Gothic splendour of Cologne cathedral, a Rhine cruise, a visit to the Marksburg, one of the most magnificent castles along the Rhine and a fabulous day out at the Phantasialand theme park! Students tried out their German, sampled the food and thoroughly enjoyed the whole Germany experience. Plans for Rhineland 2013 are already under way!
Russian Classes Last term Pupils and staff experienced some lunchtime taster sessions in Russian, run by Natalie Adcock, former deputy school captain at BVGS, who completed an eight week work experience at the school. The good news for September: Natalie will join our staff as a GTP trainee teacher of German and the Russian sessions will start up again! Charascho!
German Exchange to Bayreuth This June saw the fifteenth German Exchange to Bayreuth . Thirteen boys took part, and their German Exchange partners who had visited us before Easter, were accompanied by Victoria Sobczak and Rüdi Götschel on this trip. They participated in a guided tour of Bayreuth with an official reception at the Town Hall, a brewery visit (beer only for the adults!), a visit to the beautiful word heritage town of Bamberg with a very entertaining guide, Nürnberg with the Nazi Documentation Centre, its glorious imperial castle and some serious shopping and finally the border museum at Mödlareuth, aka Little Berlin. The highlight for many of our students, despite a 9 to 19 defeat, will nevertheless have been the football match against the Germans, who fielded a semi-professional! The German host families were very friendly and generous and really enjoyed our students’ company who in return proved very popular and keen to learn the language, sample the food and thoroughly experience the German or rather Franconian way of life.
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Sutton Coldfield - Headmaster's Summer Update Newsletter 2012