By Maria Pepper
The Loreto and CBS secondary schools in Wexford hosted teenage students from Villingen-Schwenningen in the Black Forest region of Germany as part of a cultural and educational exchange.
A total of 57 students came to the Loreto, the biggest number ever since the exchange programme was started six years ago while seven students linked up with the CBS. They were joined by four teachers.
The 15 and 16 year olds from St. Ursula school in Villingen-Schwenningen stayed in the family homes of Wexford students and spent a week attending classes in the Loreto and CSB while enjoying excursions to areas such as Hook Head and Dublin where they were taken to see the Book of Kells in Trinity College.
Wexford students who are studying German for Leaving Cert also get the opportunity to visit Villingent-Schwenningen annually to experience what school life is like there. Last year, 57 fourth year students from the Loreto travelled to Germany on an educational exchange and had already met many of the students who came to Wexford.