Germany trip

We began our journey to Germany on the 23rd of June. After packing the bus full of our bulging suitcases and instruments we were ready to set off. Arriving in the idyllic town of Boppard, we were greeted by our hotel owner Peter and tour guide Sue, who informed us of the great things Boppard had to offer. Heaving our suitcases up several flights of stairs we were ready for dinner, a wander around the town and bed, ready for our early awakening the next morning.

We began with a trip to one of Germanys many castles. Markburg Castle, which is the only castle not to have been invaded. We toured the castle from the kitchen to the torture chambers and descended back on to the bus. After a quick change into school uniform and a systematic set up of equipment, and we were ready for the afternoon concert in Rudesheim which was a great success! After our dinner back at the hotel we headed to a leisure centre for a swim. This was great fun and went with almost no hiccups until one pupil forgot to bring a change of clothes for the bus ride home!
The second day began with a relaxing ferry ride down the Rhine River, this presented us with several photo opportunities especially on the big red slide which I think the teachers enjoyed just as much as the pupils. Following the fun, the band and choir performed another open air concert to a very appreciative audience. In the evening we had a party at a cute little ice cream parlour for two of our pupils celebrating birthdays whilst on our trip.
The third day and another early rise led us on to the iconic theme park that is Phantasialand. Many hours of excitement, damp clothes and windswept hairstyles later, we were back on the bus travelling back to Boppard for the very emotional final concert of the tour. This concert was the greatest success, with the generous crowd loving every song sung and tune played. Our night concluded in many tears as this was the final ever performance for many of the 6th years that have been in the band for all their school years, which to them this was not just a band and choir but a family.
We said our goodbyes, bought our souvenirs, and after a drive home which felt like a lifetime, we arrived back in Kirkintilloch. Huge thanks to all our teachers for taking us on the trip of a lifetime, especially Mr Leadbeater and Mrs Dunlop for their entire organisation and to Miss Clark, Mr Stevenson and Mrs Robertson for all their help.
Article by Hanna Brown