Year 11 German students James Parker, Pieter Britz, Andrew Ee, Vincent Wuenstel, Louisa Mengling (our very own exchange student from Munich, Germany) and LOTE Teacher Mrs Harrington visited the German International School in Terrey Hills. The group were made very welcome by the librarian, Frau Burkart, who also helped us to choose the books for us to take back to Covie. Frau Ezel, a teacher from Germany, organised for other students to join us and all of us spoke in German.
Our Covie students were very brave and very scared at first: “Frau Harrington, I don’t ever want to do this again” and “This is so scary”, especially when we visited a Year 12 classroom with only native German speakers. Everyone, and that includes our students, introduced themselves and little by little the tension eased. By the time we had to go back to Covie students were saying: “When are we going back?", "That was so cool!” and "I learnt so much."
I met a little 5 year old German boy who was so excited to see students from another school, especially students that learn German. I had to promise
him that we are coming back and that our students will chat to him next time. Back at Covie our students said to me: “Frau Harrington, that was
the best excursion I have ever been on.” As the teacher I am so grateful to have a German school so close to Covie that we can build a relationship
with and reach out to, especially as this school is smaller than ours and feels at times isolated.
Later on this year in September, our school together with the German International School (GIS), will be offering a one night ‘Sport und Spass’ (Sport and Fun) camp for the Year 8 and 9 classes at Camp Kedron. Further information will follow closer to the date. It is also planned that GIS will come and visit Covie regularly, which will culturally enrich our school and help our students widen their horizon and to reach out.
Vielen Dank, many thank yous, Frau Ezel, Frau Burkart and Herr Christ and my students that are such fantastic young men and women growing in their faith.
Mrs Selene Harrington