Lord Bills’ German friendship firmly rooted in the ground

Lord Williams's Bonn tree planting celebration
Lord Williams's Bonn tree planting celebration

A Thame school marked the 30th anniversary of its German exchange programme last week.

Celebrations took place at Lord Williams’s School to mark its friendship with Friedrich-Ebert Gymnasium in Bonn. A tree was planted and a time capsule was buried.

Over the years more than 600 students from each school have participated in the exchange. Year 12 pupils have also previously taken part in German work experience schemes.

Twenty-eight students took part in this year’s exchange which ran from June 25 to July 5. The exchange partners visited various landmarks in Oxford and London.

The friendship was born in 1982 after the German school took over from another in Marktoberdorf.

After 30 students successfully visisted Thame that year, with an English contingent enjoying a visit later on, an agreement was reached to make the arrangement permanent.