German students visit Amelia in the first trip to twin town since pandemic

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The students from Wiesbaden’s Hermann-Ehlers-Schule were on a school trip to North Kent and made side trips to London, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells.

“Their timing this year was perfect, as we were able to base it around our fantastic new cultural centre, The Amelia Scott,” Tunbridge Wells Twinning & Friendship Association vice chairman Mike McGeary told the Times.

“This was the Amelia’s first organised school visit, so as a Twinning Association we were particularly proud of the fact that it was a school from our partnership city, Wiesbaden.”

The students spent the morning enjoying a conducted tour of The Amelia, said Mike, adding: “As you might expect of a group of 14-year-olds, the interactive features of many of the displays held a particular attraction. The ‘augmented reality’ of the Georgian Spa room, where students ‘dress up’ in period costume (digitally), was a firm favourite.”

At lunch time, the Mayor and the Mayoress (Councillor Chris Woodward and his wife) joined the group, along with some students and teachers from the Bennett Memorial Diocesan School.

Teachers from both schools discussed the possibility of students undertaking some joint project work, said Mike.

The Wiesbaden students had a guided tour of the town in the afternoon.

“Overall, we judged it as a really good balance of education and entertainment and very much hope that it will encourage the students to want to return to their twin town on many more occasions,” said Mike.

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