German pupils experience Moray's 'jewel'
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A MOBILE shepherd's hut provided the location for a storytelling session which brought together Lossiemouth students and their peers from the community's German twin town.
The travelling Welcome Hut is touring Europe as part of PhD student Christian Hanser's drive to install tiny spaces in the grounds of schools, campuses and other places to enable meaningful conversations.
Experiencing the 'classroom beyond walls' were 14 students from the Paul Pfinzing Gymnasium in Hersbruck, which is Lossiemouth's twin town.
The last exchange visit by secondary pupils and teachers from Hersbruck to Lossie took place two decades ago and Councillor James Allan, chairman of the Lossiemouth Hersbruck Twin Town Association, said the return had been a huge success.
As well as spending time in classes at Lossiemouth High – both inside and in the Welcome Hut – the young visitors enjoyed a ceilidh, pizza night, Burns Supper and visits to Covesea Lighthouse, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Inverness.
In addition, a special party was held for one of the group whose 18th birthday took place during the visit.
Cllr Allan said: "The young visitors really enjoyed their time here and we are now planning our return visit."
It has been a busy year for the twin town association, which has already hosted a group of German hotel and brewery owners, a group of 38 mayors and a group of 70 residents from Hersbruck.