German Immersion Day 2013

On Saturday 20th April some twenty current pupils, one past pupil, three members of staff and one German Assistant participated in the annual German Immersion experience, held in the grounds of the School and on the Newtownards Road. 

As a rule only German was spoken throughout the day, with the penalty for anyone speaking English being to sing and dance to the hilarious "Das rote Pferd" (The Red Horse).

The day began with ice-breaker games as well as "speed dating" on key topics for discussion in the A-Level oral examination. This was followed by the traditional  "Kaffee and Kuchen" (coffee and cake) with homemade cakes from both Frau Dorman and Upper 6th pupil Jordan Mannus!

Following this welcome break those present threw themselves eagerly into a German ‘Balloon Debate’ in which a famous footballer and a social worker were ejected from the balloon without a parachute.

After lunch the group continued with a session of "Meiner Meinung nach" (in my opinion...) as pupils worked in small groups and had to express their opinions on a variety of different topics. Finally pupils were divided into three groups and had to produce a political broadcast for three imaginary German political parties.

Perhaps exhausted after such a busy day of activities, the contingent then made their way off the school grounds and across to ‘Capers’ on the Newtownards Road, which provided the perfect venue for an enjoyable meal to conclude the day.

Many thanks to Head of German Mrs Dorman as well as fellow teachers Mr Alan Cowan and Miss Andrea Elwood and German Assistant Daniela Cevales for taking the time and effort to make the day so worthwhile, educational and enjoyable.  All of the pupils in attendance undoubtedly benefited from the experience and it will only serve to help them in their preparation for the upcoming AS and A2 Level examinations in May and June.

A number of Grosvenor's German AS and A Level students during participation in this year's Immersion Experience.