The English Department organises its first ‚English Afternoon‘ at Gymnasium Gars
“Would you like to hear the real Glaswegian accent?” “When you go south it gets cooler!” “Dumplings and roast pork aren’t exactly a healthy diet either, are they?” “There are no school buses – all the pupils are driven to school by their parents!”
The senior students of Gymnasium Gars could hear sentences like these on the afternoon of 17 January 2023 during an event celebrating the 50th school anniversary. For the first time in the school’s history, the students had the opportunity to talk directly to native English speakers during several guest lectures. In addition, they learned a lot of new things about the culture and way of life in Australia, Scotland and the USA.
With former Australian top athlete Rebecca Thoresen, the students learned many details about Down Under as well as interesting facts about basketball. The student father, business consultant and mental coach Ian Smith probably inspired some of the students to take a trip to Scotland with his talk about his home city of Glasgow. Hannah Metzger, who spent her childhood in the USA, took the students on a journey through everyday life in America. And Carolin Parnitzke, a former pupil of the grammar school, just like Hannah, certainly contributed to the fact that even more people will soon apply for the job as an au pair in Australia.
After the first lecture, the catering team of the grammar school took care of everyone’s well-being with delicious cakes so that everyone was invigorated for the second round of lectures. The students and the English department were not only happy about the food, but about an all-round successful event.
Christoph Nitschke and Judith Haas, the heads of the English department, say thank you to the speakers and everyone who contributed to the success of the premiere of the ‚English Afternoon‘.
The presenters Hannah Metzger, Carolin Parnitzke, Rebecca Thoresen and Ian Smith are introduced to the students.