New venture for high school

2016-03-02 06:00
German students who are part of the visiting group are from left (standing) Frederik Pinkau, Svenja Cordes, Lea Heindorf,  Kira Vollenweider, Pauline Adam, Katharina Bogun, Mai Britt Berghöfer, Judith Hartwich and Pia Marie Georgieu. In front are German teachers Stefan Brandes and Markus Gerke.   Photo: SUPPLIED

German students who are part of the visiting group are from left (standing) Frederik Pinkau, Svenja Cordes, Lea Heindorf, Kira Vollenweider, Pauline Adam, Katharina Bogun, Mai Britt Berghöfer, Judith Hartwich and Pia Marie Georgieu. In front are German teachers Stefan Brandes and Markus Gerke. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A CONTACT made by a Victoria Park High School (VP) teacher, Angelique Jennings, during the World Cup has resulted in an exciting new venture for the school.

The school is about to enter into partnership with the Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium (THG) from Wolfenbüttel, northern Germany.

THG offers a similar extra-mural programme to VP, with emphasis on the arts and other cultural activities. The school curriculum, however, focuses on multilingualism, with English, French, Spanish and Latin being offered.

VP will be the German school’s third overseas partnership, the others being with schools in France and England.

Markus Gerke, who is leading the project, said,“Being a foreign language oriented school, we would like to continue our positive long-term exchange experience with another English-speaking country. South Africa sounds very promising to us. We would love to establish a new long-term exchange programme with a South African partner school. We are convinced that South Africa with its culture, history, and people has a lot to offer to our students.

To inaugurate this partnership, VP will host twelve students and teachers from THG on a visit to the Eastern Cape from March 24 to April 9.

The German students will stay with local families and attend some classes at Victoria Park High School. They will also visit the Addo Elephant Park and other tourist sites in and around Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route.

In return, the host students and teachers from VP will visit northern Germany later this year. They will stay with the families of their exchange partners and thus be introduced to the German way of life.

“We think it is important that a school exchange is not regarded as some extra holiday time. It is about learning about another culture, developing friendships and building character,” Gerke said.

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