On September 27, the Fisher & Paykel Appliances auditorium at Auckland University was again packed with students, parents, friends, families and teachers to attend the prize-giving celebrations of the 2017 Auckland Goethe Society German examinations. Over 400 people joined in, 170 of them language students. Nicola Gaston, associate professor at the University of Auckland, was guest speaker. She talked about the value of arts & languages and how she enriched her life as a natural scientist. The students showed wonderful levels of proficiency in German, as well as an understanding that a different language may be one of the best career development tools with a competitive advantage.
Around 40 guests joined us at the Auckland University on Thursday, 21st of September, to listen to Matthew Fitzpatrick. The associate professor from Flinders University in Adelaide talked about the German past of Samoa and the ‘liberal version of imperial power’. Fitzpatrick was examining elements of the German colonialism in Samoa, suggesting that to reduce the time between 1871 and 1914 to the pre-history of the Holocaust is a poor one for understanding liberal forms of imperialism, but to rehabilitate it naively as Germany’s ‘good colony’ isn’t the right approach either. Citing newspapers of the time and other sources he painted a lively picture of the time when the Germans lived on the island in the South Pacific, and showed how imperialism, even if it is liberal, could be a history of dispossession and of structural inequality. The question and answer session following the speech showed that there was a vivid interest in the topic.
With 60 participants, this year's edition of the annual Goethe Society German Quiz Evening was again a great success.
Game masters this year were Johnson Zhuang and Olivia Trigg-Simpson, and they led the crowd through a string of task.
Teams from Auckland high-schools, university students, Goethe Society members and teachers answered questions in a pub quiz format. Participants were tested on their general knowledge, identified German music and important cultural figures from the German speaking world.
"Pakuranga 1" took out the school prize. The student group "Ins Kino gehen" won in their category, and the native speaker/teacher prize went to "Die Zoowärter". Herzlichen Glückwunsch an die Gewinner!
In the 3rd week of the semester, the Auckland Goethe Society teamed up with UoA's German programme to put on a free lunch for students of German. Our invitation drew about 40 students, who were delighted to find some German classics at the buffet: mouthwatering Brezeln and Zwiebelbrot from Bread & Butter Bakery, and yummy Franzbrötchen and Pflaumenkuchen from the newly founded MoinMoin Bakery.
Around 40 people joined us at our 'Weihnachtsfeier' on the 14 December 2016 at University of Auckland's Epsom Campus.
Four gifted young string players entertained us with musical interludes. The celebration was in the German tradition with Stollen, Plätzchen and other seasonal goodies as well as juice, wine, tea. Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions. It was an enjoyable evening and a pleasant way to wrap up the year.
2016 German Examinations Prize-giving
On September 22, the Fisher & Paykel Appliances auditorium at Auckland University was packed with students, parents, friends, families and teachers to attend the prize-giving celebrations of the 2016 Auckland Goethe Society German examinations. This year over 530 students from Years 7 to 13 participated in these competitive tests. 127 of them were invited to the speaking examinations held at the university in August 20, and 83 attended them.“It looks like the demand for German in schools is on the rise,” said Heike Papenthin, National Adviser for German in schools.
130 students more than last year attended this year’s exams, which is fantastic. “The students showed wonderful levels of proficiency in German, some of them outstanding,” added Anna Bauer, Acting Head of German at the University of Auckland. We're all hugely appreciative of the wonderful work being done by the teachers of German at the Auckland schools.
The examinations would not be possible without a team of people willing to be involved, in particular Steffi Glowinski, Malin Messmer, Nicole Perry, Pia Schneider, Patrick Flamm, Janelle Wood, Heike Zimmer, Janet Welch, Michael Kandlbinder as well as committee members of the Auckland Goethe Society.
Special thanks goes to Gretchen Badenhorst, who coordinated the examinations. Gretchen has been the lead committee member organising the examinations and the prize-giving for the last four years.
Wednesday 27 July saw another very successful instalment of our annual German Quiz Night at University of Auckland. Over 35 secondary and tertiary students and their teachers joined UoA German Studies in the Arts 1 Common Room for ten rounds of tricky questions about German and the German speaking area.
Having prepared the quiz together with new lecturer Dr Nicole Perry, UoA students of German Rebecca Reilly and Adam Koifman moderated the quiz with grace and aplomb, managing to mark the questions in record time later.
School students made use of their chance to explore German at uni, asking both the uni students and the lecturers many questions about study options. At UoA, we look forward to seeing many of them and perhaps even more during our "explore German at UoA" weeks 26 Sept – 7 Oct this year.
The UoA German Quiz Night 2016 was made possible through a project grant from the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. Anna Bauer
Around 14 interested people joined us on Monday, July 18, to listen to writer and journalist Ingrid Kölle, who was presenting her new book 'Neuseeland - ein Länderporträt'.
Ingrid shared the experience she enjoyed while working on this book and talked about the process of writing. She then read passages from her book, which gives an insight into nature, culture, politics and economy of Aotearoa, but also points to the danger of this unique environment. The fluid style of her writing and her experience as a broadcaster, made listening to her very enjoyable.
Ingrid has worked for the German Broadcasting Corporation (ARD) for over 30 years. She has travelled the world and taught German in Great Britain, Sweden and New Zealand. In 2003 she returned to Wellington, New Zealand, where she has studied art and creativity, teaches free form dance and continues writing documentaries for German Radio. Doris Evans