German - Term 2, 2021

Talkfest Dunedin 2021

T – Tirohanga Camp
A – April 12-13th 2021
L – Learning more German and meeting other students who learn German
K – Kaffee & Kuchen 
F – Friendship making through dancing and singing German songs
E – Eating and making German dishes, exchanging ideas, establishing more networks  
S – Students of Ashburton College, Bayfield High School, Columba College, John McGlashan College,  
      Otago Boys High School
T – Teachers of German of the schools above

This is how Talkfest Dunedin 2021 could be introduced in a nutshell. But let’s have a closer look:

Around 80 Year 11 to Year 13 students of German along with their teachers celebrated their German learning experience at Tirohanga Camp near Dunedin from April 12th - 13th 2021. The Dunedin Talkfest has been celebrated for many years – and had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

The camp started with a very German custom: “Kaffee und Kuchen”, where students had to apply their German for the first time – ordering what they would like to eat. They then started creating their own decoration around the topic of Germany – which was put up in the camp hall.  Apart from the learning and making of German food, German music used for singing and dancing was another vital element of this camp.  Students learnt a contemporary German song which was sung together and became even better by the minute – and is very likely to be still stuck in some minds. Students made their own German dishes – strictly following all recipes in German.  The endless indulgence in German food lead to a bake-off when students shared their German cakes and German potato salads. The superbly decorated cakes made it really hard for the jury to come up with a decision – as all the cakes simply looked amazing and tasted equally delicious. 

On Tuesday, the whole camp performed the Jerusalema Dance challenge – in “Koelsch” (a German dialect spoken in the Cologne area) with the help of a German choreographer – who was zoomed in from Frankfurt. In between all these activities there was still time for a quiz night and some lightbulb moments about German language learning. All the activities revolved around a core idea:  the sensation of learning a foreign language - learning German, learning about the German culture and having opportunities to apply the language in a purposeful and meaningful way. 

When asked what the take-aways were from the Talkfest – the students often responded with “It was too short!”.
Thanks to the effort, work and passion of the teachers being involved in this project, Talkfest 2021 was a great success.  A huge thank you to all the schools, teachers, students and parents who were involved in this event and helped to make it happen. 


Vergabe der Pasch Plaketten für Columba College and
John McGlashan College in Dunedin

Am 15. April 2021 hat die feierliche Vergabe der Pasch Plaketten an Columba College und John McGlashan College in Dunedin stattgefunden. Schulleitungen, Lehrer*innen und Schüler*innen beider Schulen gestalteten eine feierliche, kurzweilige Zeremonie mit viel Herz und sorgten mit ihren Darbietungen und ihrem Enthusiasmus für Gänsehautmomente bei den Zuschauern. Der Deutsche Botschafter Herr Stefan Krawielicke, Judith Geare (Goethe-Institut Neuseeland, Head of Languages) und Alexandra Töniges (German national advisor) wohnten der feierlichen Zeremonie bei, deren Höhepunkt die Übergabe der Pasch Plakette durch den Deutschen Botschafter Herr Krawielicki war. Die Auszeichung würdigt das besondere Engagement der Schulen. 

Die Initiative „Schulen: Partner der Zukunft“ (PASCH) vernetzt Schulen, an denen Deutsch einen besonders hohen Stellenwert hat. Es gibt sechs Paschschulen in Neuseeland, die eine besondere Anbindung des Deutschunterrichts auszeichnet. 

Herzlichen Dank für diese wunderbare Feier.   


First German-Handball Club kicks off at Green Bay Primary School in Auckland

Perhaps you are wondering what a German-Handball Club has to do with Auckland? Let me explain!

Twenty students (Years 5 - 7) started their journey learning German through playing Handball. May 4th, 2021 was the kick off day of the first German-Handball Club at Green Bay Primary School in Auckland.  Anton Vera leads the first German-Handball Club and is extremely excited about this new project. There was a lot of German to be heard during this first hour by students who had not spoken any German before. According to Anton, registrations were booked out within a day. Anton has found a playful and engaging way of integrating German into their warm-up games.

This is a great way to create a pathway for language learning – as German is one of the languages being offered at nearby Green Bay High School. We cannot wait to hear more about how students develop their skills on this exciting journey. 

    
Photo 1 (Left) Students at Green Bay Primary School learning how to play hand ball, Photo 2 (Right) Anton Vera (standing) with students from Green Bay Primary School.


#Who else speaks German in New Zealand?
Connecting with other German Learners Nationwide

#Jutebeutelprojekt#WhoelsespeaksGermaninNZ hat begonnen! 

Über 15 Schulen in Neuseeland sind Teil des #Jutebeutelprojekt#WhoelsespeaksGermaninNZ?

In diesem Projekt stellen die Deutsch Lernenden entweder ihr Lieblingswort - oder ein gängiges deutsches Sprichwort auf den Jutebeuteln dar – der Kreativität und Phantasie sind da keine Grenzen gesetzt. Gefüllt werden die Jutebeutel mit Briefen an potentielle Austauschpartner*innen, in denen sich die Schüler*innen kurz vorstellen und von sich berichten – selbstverständlich auf Deutsch. Beides wird auf die Reise zu anderen Deutsch Lernenden in Neuseeland geschickt. 

Jutebeutel sind aus dem Alltag in Deutschland kaum noch wegzudenken. Sie sind preiswert und praktisch und können mehrfach verwendet werden. Sie eignen sich perfekt nicht nur fürs Einkaufen, sondern sie dienen auch als schicke Accessoires. Auch in Neuseeland werden sie immer beliebter. In diesem Projekt dienen sie als Bindeglied zwischen den Deutsch Lernenden in Neuseeland. 

Die ersten Jutebeutel wurden bereits im Deutschunterricht mit viel Kreativität, Humor und Liebe zum Detail & - der deutschen Sprache fertig gestellt. Sie machen sich nun auf die Suche nach neuen Besitzer*innen. Ziel ist eine Vernetzung der Deutsch Lernenden in Neuseelands, da Austauschprogramme mit Deutschland aufgrund der Covid-19 Pandemie zur Zeit nicht stattfinden können.  Im Vordergrund steht, authentische Sprachanlässe innerhalb Neuseelands für die Deutsch Lernenden - und eine noch bessere Vernetzung zu erschaffen. 

Wir erwarten mit Spannung die nächsten Schritte des Projekts und freuen uns darauf, hier von den ersten Verbindungen berichten zu können. 

         

Photo 1(Left) One of the bags made by a student, Photo 2(Right) Beate Stark (L) and Nicole Polke (R) from Green Bay High School, Auckland


The Joys and Trials of a German-Kiwi Exchange

The Final Premiere of the last Lifeswap Episodes ever!

Education New Zealand and the German Embassy were delighted to invite Lifeswap fans to the New Zealand premiere of the final two episodes in the series to a fully booked Embassy Theatre in Wellington on Wednesday, 24 March, 2021.

Lifeswap is a much-loved series of short animations that illustrate the adventures and misadventures of two 27 year old men, Jörg from Germany and Duncan from New Zealand. The story is told via their regular video calls and depicts their journey into intercultural pitfalls. The series began in 2013 when the creators decided to challenge themselves to apply their skills in language, animation, illustration and cultural talents to explain their own intercultural differences.  

Clearly, the series highlights the longstanding friendship between New Zealand and Germany. It is a great example of the relationships built through international education and how those relationships contribute to keeping New Zealand connected to the world while travel is difficult.

Click on this link to learn more: https://www.goethe.de/ins/nz/en/kul/sup/lsw.html

  
Photo 1 (Left) Alexandra Töniges, German National Language Adviser and Photo 2 (Right) The Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand.