Chipping Norton School celebrates 50 years of German exchange

Chipping Norton School students with their German exchange partners. Photo: Kieran McPhillips NNL-180910-094453001
Chipping Norton School students with their German exchange partners. Photo: Kieran McPhillips NNL-180910-094453001

Chipping Norton School celebrated the 50th anniversary of its German exchange programme last month.

The event was enjoyed by students, teachers, the mayor and visitors from Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium in Nördlingen on September 19.

Chipping Norton School head teacher Barry Doherty and Herr Aunkofer from Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium. Photo: Kieran McPhillips NNL-180910-094432001

Chipping Norton School head teacher Barry Doherty and Herr Aunkofer from Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium. Photo: Kieran McPhillips NNL-180910-094432001

Mayor Don Davidson presented the German teachers with a glass engraved with the coat of arms of Chipping Norton. As well as music from the school’s concert band, the highlight of the evening was a shadow puppet play performed in German by some of the Chipping Norton School students telling the story of the saving of Nördlingen in 1440 by a pig.

Headteacher Barry Doherty said: “Chipping Norton School is incredibly proud that it has maintained such strong links with their German partner school for such a long time.

“In a time when many schools no longer offer the exchange experience to students, the school is looking forward to keeping this friendship going for many more years to come.”

Chipping Norton mayor Don Davidson presents a commemorative glass to Herr Aunkofer. Photo: Kieran McPhillips NNL-180910-094443001

Chipping Norton mayor Don Davidson presents a commemorative glass to Herr Aunkofer. Photo: Kieran McPhillips NNL-180910-094443001