Seit dem Schuljahr 1999/2000 besitzt die Peter-Vischer-Schule eine Partnerschule in den USA, die  Pennridge High School .

Austausch 2015/16

Der USA-Austausch vom 29.10.2015 bis zum 19.11.2015 ermöglichte 15 Schülerinnen und Schülern, gemeinsam mit Herrn Glaßl und Frau Wichmann, einen Aufenthalt in den USA. Die Gastfamilien wohnen in Perkasie im Bundesstaat Pennsylvania, das ist eine kleine Stadt ca. eineinhalb Stunden von Philadelphia entfernt. Seit vielen Jahren schon läuft das erforlgreiche Austauschprogramm zwischen der Peter-Vischer Schule in Nürnberg und der Pennridge High School in Perkasie.

Die Gruppe besuchte verschiedene Städte wie zum Beispiel New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia oder Baltimore. Bei den verschiedenen Ausflügen haben jeweils 1 bis 3 Schüler die Aufgabe bekommen, Tagesberichte auf Englisch zu verfassen.

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On the 5th of November 2015, the German exchange students had a field trip to the city of brotherly love: Philadelphia. The school bus took us to Lansdale train station where we boarded the train to downtown Philadelphia. At first we visited Independence Hall where America was founded. After that we went to see the Liberty Bell. As everybody was hungry, the next thing we did was go to Market East where everybody had a big meal. After that we had some free time and some of the students decided to go to South Street where you can do some shopping. After that we all met at the train station and headed back to the train station where our host parents picked us up.


If you think about steel made in the USA, probably Bethlehem will come to your mind first.
Today we took a trip to Bethlehem and it was very exciting, we saw a lot of different things and learned something about the historical background of the small town in the northeast of the USA. At first, we visited "Bethlehem Steel", where we learned that the city is also known for the "Christkindlmarkt" which takes place every year around Christmas. After that we met Bruce. He used to be an employee at Bethlehem Steel when it still produced steel. Since 2007 he has worked at the Bethlehem Steel museum. It is visited by around 1 million people per year because it was the second most important place to produce steel in the USA. Bethlehem Steel closed many times before but it has always reopened.
When the tour was over, we drove to "Fegley's Brewworks" to have lunch. Then, after lunch, we had an hour to ourselves, which was very enjoyable. We went to shops on Main Street and went into a very popular and old book store in the city. Finally we went to Moravian College, where we met Christina. She guided us through the college and gave us a lot of useful information about college life in the U.S. For example, the differences between the USA and Germany are that you have to pay money to attend college if you do not receive a scholarship. We also learned about different kinds of sports you can practice when you go to Moravian, which was very interesting as well.
Overall, I would say that the best part of our trip to Bethlehem was the stop we did on our way back. We stopped at "O wow cow" which is one of the most popular ice cream places around Perkasie and honestly, the ice cream was really good!
After all, I can say that Bethlehem was a great experience. It is a cute, small town in Pennsylvania and everybody who has not been there yet has to go there soon!


On Tuesday of our second week in the US we visited Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania. Our first stop in Harrisburg was the Capitol building.
After we had arrived in the visitors’ center with our exchange partners and some other students from Pennridge High School, we had a few minutes to explore the place on our own.
After our guide had arrived, we started with the tour. First we went to the main rotunda and took a group photo there. Then the guide gave us some basic information about the building and the history of it.
After that we went to the Senate Chamber and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. The two eye-catchers were definitely the front wall, which was full of paintings, and the six giant chandeliers which hung in the room. Our next stop was the House of Representatives: We looked down into the room from a balcony. It was a much bigger room than the Senate chamber but also had a giant painting in the front room and some big chandeliers. Our next and last stop in the Capitol building was the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Here we could see lots of interesting eye-catchers as well.
After our Capitol tour we crossed a huge bridge and walked to a little island in the middle of the river of Harrisburg and spent some time there. After that we went back to the bus to go to the next highlight of our trip that day. All in all, I have to say that the trip to the Capitol in Harrisburg was really nice because I have never seen a building before which was so magnificent.


After this tour we went to the Hershey’s factory, which is located near Harrisburg.
When we came in, everywhere was chocolate and it smelled delicious. We could take a little tour for free that showed us the entire production process of Hershey’s, Reese’s and Kitkat chocolate. There was also a little house just made of chocolate and other sweets. It reminded me of the house of the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. It looked so great and colorful and they were still working on it.
We bought lots of different things and among these was the world’s largest Hershey’s chocolate bar. It was enormous!
Near the factory there is also the Milton Hershey High School. It is for children that need help or come from a broken home. Next to the special school is the high end hotel “Hershey”. In this wonderful building you can get an exclusive bath in chocolate! This sounds like a dream.
In the big amusement park near the factory, shows and concerts take place and it looked really inviting with all its rollercoasters.
At the end of the day we went home with a lot of bags with Hershey chocolate in it.


New York
On Monday, the 16th of November for most of the student a dream came true: We went to New York City! Our field trip started very early at 5:25 a.m. First we went straight into the subway  and boarded a ferry afterwards. Then we started our tour through the water and past the Statue of Liberty, which was really exciting to look at. After that we went past Broadway, the World Trade Center Memorial and ended up in China Town. This was when we split up into small groups of at least four students in order to explore New York City on our own. We had seven hours to roam the city, see popular attractions and go shopping. The most popular places in New York City were the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge and last but not least 5th Avenue. At 9 p.m. we left and took a ride back to our host families. This was an exciting and successful trip which everyone will remember

Laura, Anna

On Tuesday, November 17th 2015, we had a field trip to Baltimore. After a few rainy days it was finally sunny again. What a good start for the day! After a three-hour ride in the coach, we arrived at Baltimore, the city of the National Anthem and the flag of the United States of America. But first we visited the National Aquarium with lots of different beautiful fish. We were even allowed to touch jellyfish. Everyone was taking lots of pictures and having lots of fun. After we had seen everything, we went to Kona Grill for lunch, which was only five minutes away. When we were finished with our meals, our teachers told us that we had 30 minutes to do whatever we wanted and then meet at our coach again. There was a mall and a Hard Rock Café nearby, so most of us went shopping. Half an hour later we drove to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine where we could learn a lot about the war in Baltimore and about how the American Anthem and the American flag came into existence. After we had discovered the place, everyone was very tired and we decided to leave earlier. On our way back, we stopped for dinner and after a few hours we arrived at the school and everyone just wanted to go to sleep. So that´s how the field trip ended. It does not sound like much but it was a very long day.

By Simona and Andrea