A group twenty six students and their teachers from the Realschȕle, Bad Rappenau – Llandindod Wells’s twin town in Germany – were welcomed to Llandrindod Wells by the Mayor Councillor Elaine Worgan on their arrival at Highland Moors Guest House for a four-day stay.

Arrival group

Students from the Realschȕle, Bad Rappenau on their arrival in Llandrindod Wells, June 2014

A full programme of events had been organised by the Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning  Association that enabled the German students to meet and make friends with young people in the area. Ms. Jane Asplin, Headteacher of Llandindod High School, invited the German students to spend a day in the High School where they were given an opportunity to make key-rings with the aid of computer technology and take part in music, drama and sporting activities with Llandrindod students. Tino Lauber, one of the teachers accompanying the German pupils, said how pleased he was at the way the pupils from both schools had interacted through the medium of English. It was good to see how well they had mixed and he thanked Ms. Asplin for inviting them and giving them the opportunity to make new friends and links with students at the High School.  After the school activities the pupils walked to Llandrindod Wells Golf Club where they learnt golfing skills on the golf range and putting course. Thanks were given to the High School and Golf Club for making the young guests so welcome. In the evening students from both schools enjoyed a barbecue together organised by the Twinning Association.

Exploring the beach a

Exploring the beach at Borth

On the other days the young visitors spent a sunny day site seeing in Aberystwyth where they enjoyed a fish and chip lunch followed by a walk along the beach and around the nature reserve at Ynys Las. The students were particularly interested to see ancient oaks and pines from a 5,000-year-old forest that was exposed on the beach following the winter storms earlier in the year.

On their last day a trip was made to Cardiff where the young visitors explored Cardiff Bay and Castle before spending an afternoon shopping in the city centre.

Bad Rappenau students at Highland Moors prior to their journey home

Bad Rappenau students at Highland Moors prior to their journey home

Before their trip home Llandrindod’s Mayor, Councillor Elaine Worgan, thanked the group for making the long journey to Wales and hoped that they had enjoyed their stay. She pointed out that a group of twenty scouts from Llandrindod will be making an exchange visit to Bad Rappenau in July and fifteen young people will go to Contrexéville France in an exchange involving young people from Bad Rappenau and Contrexéville strengthening contacts between young people from all three towns.

County Times School report June 20140001