The College of North East London (CONEL) was proud to play host to a group of sixth form students from Germany last Tuesday.

When given a choice between Rome and London, the group of 17 and 18 year olds from a school in Eisenhuettenstadt in East Germany decided they would like to spend a few days in our capital for their annual educational excursion.

Dagmar Theil, the English and Drama teacher who coordinated the trip, set up the visit to CONEL as she wanted the students to see how and where their English counterparts study.

Both teacher and students alike were bowled over by the facilities and range of courses at the College, "There are so many more opportunities here" exclaimed Pierre Kohl, who is studying advanced English at home. Dagmar explained that the education system in East Germany currently suffers from a lack of funding, and is playing catch up with schooling in the west of the country.

Also in contrast to their homeland, the visitors had a chance to experience the melting pot of different colours, faiths and cultures in Tottenham, "It is so amazing to see people from different countries and cultures living and studying side by side," said Dagmar.

The German youngsters also had the opportunity to integrate with CONEL's A Level students during the day and set up plans to meet in Leicester Square that evening!

After the success of the day, CONEL is now hoping to set up an exchange visit with the German school in the near future.

Photograph caption: the happy German students and teachers with Cathy Walsh, Vice Principal at CONEL.


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