Saturday, 1 October 2011

PASCH launch event

Willkommen! Bienvenue! ¡Bienvenidos! Welcome!

After a little break, the blog is back with fantastic news:

Tomlinscote has become an official partner school of the German Foreign Office!

We are only the fourth school in the UK to join the initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future" (PASCH) which aims to promote interest and enthusiasm for modern Germany, its society and the German language. Tomlinscote has been recognised and will be supported as a centre of competence for the German language and will work within an international network of 1500 PASCH partner schools.

It is a great honour and a welcome recognition of the fantastic language learning already taking place in our school - and of Mrs Brown's tireless promotion of the German language and culture.

The initiative will open up great new opportunities for international links, not only with German schools, but also with other PASCH partner schools worldwide. We will be working closely with the Goethe-Institut and other German institutions who will grant us additional funding for resources and courses and help us with projects.

Through their support, three of our students have already been given the opportunity to take part in a three week residential German course in Schwäbisch-Hall in Germany, where they improved their language skills, learned more about German culture and history and made friends from all over the world. The three girls will now work as German language ambassadors for the school.

On the 22nd of September we celebrated the launch of the new partnership between our school and the German Foreign Office initiative "Schulen:Partner der Zukunft" with speeches, music and cakes from the German embassy bakery!
The Head of Culture and Education from the German Embassy, Stefano Weinberger, and Sabine Hentzsch, Director of the Goethe-Institut London,
officially launched our partnership.

Our language ambassadors told us about their experience in Germany, and 7R sang a German song beautifully (they had to learn the German lyrics of 'Lieder, die wir Brücken sind' (songs which are like bridges and did a marvellous job!) and Rebecca Wileman (year 11) played a lovely flute concerto, before Ms Burford and Ms Clutterbuck sang the 'Ode to Joy' by Ludwig van Beethoven -to some better known as the Tomlinscote school bell (!).

It was a fantastic event, thanks to Mrs Brown and Mrs Elliott who organised it.

Mr Daniel, Mrs Brown, Mrs Elliott and Ms Soylucicek from the Goethe-Institut

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