Crossing the language barriers

2015-12-01 06:00
Hillcrest High pupils in Germany. Photo: supplied

Hillcrest High pupils in Germany. Photo: supplied

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HILLCREST High (HHS) is the only school in the Highway area that offers German as a third additional language and has been acknowledged by the German goverment's department of Education and Die Goethe Institut for offering the language.

The school’s German teachers and pupils are constantly invited to seminars and training courses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For 2015 Hillcrest High’s Siya Ntuli was one of six South Africans who were awarded bursaries to attend a Summer Youth Conference in Germany.

The Conference took place in München, Bavaria, from the 12 June till 29 June. The conference allowed break away excursions to places such as Neuschwanstein Castle, the Alianz-Arena, BMW-factory and museum and the Bavaria Filmhouse. A weekend trip that included a visit to the German Parlement in Berlin, rounded off with a boat trip and sunset supper on the Spree River in Berlin, remained part of unforgettable memories

Nicky Kidgell, public relations officer, of Hillcrest High said, “The new Moodle Plattform that was introduced to HHS, added value to the German class Interaction with the three main German speaking countries: Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

By talking on a forum or chat regarding educational topics HHS pupils can not only communicate to each other about school work / project work from home, but also to pupils taking German as an additional language all over the world. Great international projects can be done in future,” she said.

During April 2015 four of the Grade 11 pupils: Courtney Lauter, Joanne Pitchers, Derryn Duvel and Chante de Bod participated in the annual Interational Exchange Programme with Lennestadt Gymnasium in Sauerland, Germany.

“They attended school and stayed with host families. They were taken on excursions to Cologne, Bonn and even taught how to ski at an Austrian Ski Resort. All four came back full of inspiration and knowledge.

“HHS were also fortunate to be one of five South African schools to host the “Autobahn Spiel”. Approximately 120 German pupils participated in a day of fun and games, celebrating Founders Day in a German way.

To find out more contact HHS on 031 765 1215.

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