It was a doubly historic day for Boston Grammar School last Thursday when the school celebrated its 460th charter day - and made an historic link to a German school.
Representatives from Rotenbühl Gymnasium school in Saarland, Germany, paid a special visit to Boston for the formal contract signing to twin the schools.
Boston Grammar’s Christine Abrams said: “We first connected with the school about four-and-a-half years ago and have had three exchanges with a sports focus and they have been highly successful. The pupils who have come back from them have been very motivated and their grasp of German has improved. So on the back of that we we decided to start a proper partnership. It shows that languages, especially German, play an important part at Boston Grammar School.”
Rotenbühl Gymnasium teaches some subjects bi-ligually - with history, geography and biology being also being taught in English. It has a strong focus on sports - having seen three of its athletes compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Their head teacher Jutta Bost said she had spoken with some of the Boston pupils earlier that day, adding: “We very much liked them not being shy and they asked lots of questions in German. It shows they are fluent already and there’s a good standard of education here.”
It was a flying visit for the Germans, who all had to be back at their school the following morning.
Headmaster John McHenry said: “We thank you all for coming, it means a great deal to the staff and students. I can only hope it goes on to strengthen many things between the schools, now and for future generations.”
Following the formal signing, the exchanging of gifts from each school, and lunch, the group was joined by all 600-plus students as they walked from the Rowley Road school to the Stump for the charter service - which celebrates the royal founding of the sixteenth century school by Queen Mary I and her husband Philip.