Hillcrest pupils get a taste of Germany

2017-11-21 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedHeadmaster Mr Craig Girvin (back, left), Mrs Ilse Bothma (back, second right, teacher in charge) and participating programme pupils.

PHOTO: suppliedHeadmaster Mr Craig Girvin (back, left), Mrs Ilse Bothma (back, second right, teacher in charge) and participating programme pupils.

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HILLCREST High School is one of the only schools in the Highway area that offers German as a third additional language and are privileged to be acknowledged by German institutions.

German teachers and pupils are regularly invited to participate in competitions, summer camps, seminars and training courses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In German classes the school adds value to lessons by utilising the platform, “Moodle” that was introduced to HHS. By talking on a forum or chat regarding educational topics, HHS pupils not only communicate with each other about school work or project work from home, but also to pupils taking German as an additional language all over the world. The school also has the “The German Exchange Programme”, which is running for its 11th year. Although the regulations for visa applications have become very strict, the school was still able to visit its partner school in Lennestadt, Germany in April and October, and returned the hospitality.

Georgia Gifford in Grade 12, Mandy Pitchers in Grade 11 and Alex Louter in Grade 10 stayed with host families, visited the school, joined in activities and visited interesting places in Germany.

Lea Mathes and Maya Kuhlmann, from Lennestadt Gymnasium in Sauerland, in return, visited Hillcrest High from October 13 until November 5, to learn about the South African school system, the culture and the country. They lived with South African host families to experience SA hospitality.

Despite new regulations regarding the travelling of minors to and from South Africa, the school is still able to adapt and manage this wonderful learning experience for our pupils. - Supplied.

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