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Norwegian Students Experience Life at SES

Norwegian exchange, stamfordThe annual Norwegian exchange programme took place last week with students from Norway visiting Stamford Endowed Schools and staying at their designated host families for the duration of their visit from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th November.

This year celebrated the eleventh anniversary of the programme that has been running between Stamford Endowed Schools and the Røyken Videregående Skole, situated in southern Norway. During their visit, the ten Norwegian students were given a tour of Stamford, taken on a trip to LaserForce in Peterborough, had a day outing to Cambridge and attended lessons at Stamford High School.

The Norwegian students prepared and rehearsed their own cultural presentation on the evening of Thursday 5th which gave an enlightening and humorous insight into life in Norway. During the evening the students also performed a play and sang traditional songs, before thanking their hosts for their hospitality.

Lead Norwegian teachers Lars Brente and Margaret Macarthur, who have been present on all eleven trips, are due to retire this year and our sincere thanks must go out to them for all their help in making these past exchanges possible. Both schools plan to continue this successful exchange partnership in the future with SES pupils due to visit the Røyken Videregående Skole early next year.

Chris Hawkins, Head of Sixth Form at Stamford High School, said; “By the end of a busy week of activities, including a competitive and close encounter at Laser Force, as well as an introduction to Norwegian culture, lasting friendships have been formed which bodes well for the return visit to Oslo in April.”