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In July 2015, Miss Billing and Mrs Westwood successfully led Programme OL WE  from the High Arcal School to Oldenburg. Five students, Chloe Walker, Grace Malpass, Fallon Kemp, Chloe Baugh and Rebecca Bullas, were hosted by five families across Oldenburg who gave them insights into German home life, including visiting a ball and doing a range of sporting activities with their respective families.

Catering for their future career aspirations, each of the five students worked in a different German work setting, gaining valuable international work experience: Chloe Walker worked as an Assistant to the Director of Studies at the Academy of English, even participating in an educational trade fair and delivering English classes to German students. Grace Malpass worked in multiple medical settings, even observing orthopedic operations at her placement at the Klinikum Oldenburg. Interested in computing and programming, Fallon Kemp worked at a local software company ise, helping to programme home automation software, whilst Chloe Baugh worked in a nearby media agency called Topdogs, making films and doing questionnaires. Wanting to pursue a career and establish her own hotel business after school, Rebecca Bullas worked in the local hotel chain B&B in a variety of capacities from catering to housekeeping.

In 2015, the students were treated to a special surprise. Thanks to its contact at the Motorfluggruppe Wilhelmshaven, the Academy of English hired three light aircraft and flew the students to the North Frisian island of Wangerooge with some of the students got a feel for the controls of the aircraft. On the island, students were treated to a so-called “Betriebsausflug”, a motivational-style business trip, and took part in activities on the North Sea coast and enjoyed a fish dinner, a specialty on the island.

To get a sense of the trip, please watch this film made by the students.

NWZ 2015: Schüler steigen auf