Celebrating 75 Years of the Ludwigsburg Exchange

7 March 2024


On Wednesday 6 March, the school community came together to mark a significant milestone: the 75th Anniversary of the Ludwigsburg-NLCS German Exchange. It was a wonderful occasion that allowed us to reflect on the remarkable journey this exchange program has undertaken since its inception in 1949.

At its heart, the Ludwigsburg-NLCS German Exchange represents far more than just a cultural exchange program; it symbolises a profound commitment to fostering understanding and friendship between nations, particularly in the wake of the tumultuous aftermath of World War Two. The visionary efforts of Caroline Senator and Jenny Heimann, two pioneering educators from each school, laid the groundwork for what would become a transformative initiative that transcended borders and generations.

NLCS students mingled with their counterparts from Goethe-Gymnasium, and Old North Londoners (ONLs) who had participated in the exchange as early as 1963. Among the ONLs, was Diane Brown who graciously shared her poignant reflections on her experience from 1963. Her speech, delivered with eloquence and passion, served as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that the exchange had not only on her life but on countless others throughout the years.

The event was further enriched by speakers including Dr. Ralf Kellerman from Goethe-Gymnasium, Mrs. Bingham, and Frau Venter, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at NLCS. Each speaker offered valuable insights and reflections on the enduring significance of the Ludwigsburg-NLCS German Exchange, highlighting its role in fostering cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

Looking ahead, we eagerly anticipate the continuation of this remarkable journey, as we embark on the next chapter of the Ludwigsburg-NLCS German Exchange with renewed enthusiasm and optimism.



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