2014 Newsletter 5


Our Open Day is behind us and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Now we turn our attention to the two exciting events that remain on the 2014 calendar while staying focused on academics.

Excursions on November 22
The school will split into three to visit two different sites according to the ages of our children. The sites are within easy reach of one another which should make the day manageable for families with children in different groups. Drop-off times are indicated below. All children should be picked up at noon. Note that storage space at the venues is limited so please travel light.

Consent forms will be handed out in class and will also be available on this page shortly. The forms are mandatory.

The children of Francesca’s, Meghan’s and Magdalena’s classes will enjoy a guided tour at the Immigration Museum. Tamara will assist. Students should be dropped off at 9:30 at the schools and groups entry in Market St just off Flinders Street. We will then enter the museum together via the Museum courtyard.

Magdalena has ordered learning kits from the Goethe Institute for our teachers to prepare materials for that day for the students. Students should avoid bringing bags.

All other students will tour the NGV International on St Kilda Road. Please bring your children to the North Foyer’s school groups entrance on the north side of the building, adjacent to the Arts Centre. Meet there between 9:30 and 9:45 for the 10am opening of the museum. Pick up time is noon at the same place. The NGV requests no bags, please.

The youngest primary students in Louisa’s, Anna’s, Stephanie’s, Antonia’s, Lisa-Marie’s, Kirsten’s, Brigitte’s and Annelie’s classes will be accompanied by Rita and assistants Saskia and Kieran. They will visit ‘Carsten Holler: Golden Mirror Carousel’, ‘Romance was Born’ and exhibitions in the Great Hall.

For the oldest students, in Angela’s, Jill’s and Joerg’s classes with assistant Karina, there will be a tour of German works of art and/or activities in the German Kit developed by the Goethe Institute. The collection includes artworks by Albrecht Dürer, Johan Zoffany and Gerhard Richter.

Weihnachten
Remember to save the date–13th December–for the annual Christmas party! We’ll be meeting that day at the Austrian Club as usual, from 9am until noon. Details to follow.

Enrolments are now officially open. All students who are currently attending can re-enrol without going on the waiting list. Please visit the Enrolments page to download the enrolment form or come in person on 8. and 15. November to our enrolments table.

The cost per student for 2015 will be $750 and we anticipate that the State will once again offer us a $100/student rebate, bringing the cost down to $650 per student.

Classes won’t stop for Election Day
Students who normally have classes on the ground floor will have to go to the Organ Factory on November 29, the day of the state election. These are the classes of Louisa, Antonia, Annelie, Brigitte, Lisa-Marie, Jill and Kirsten. Students who normally have classes on the first floor will meet in their usual rooms.

Fit in Deutsch a Big Success!
FiD certificates have arrived and we received fantastic results. All twenty-three students who sat the exam passed. You can read more about Fit in Deutsch 1 and Fit in Deutsch 2.

German School Film Festival
Francesca’s and Meghan’s students made four movies recently and one has been selected for screening at the German School Film Festival! The event will be held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square on Thursday, 30th October 2014, with the official opening at 2pm. Is the next Werner Herzog among us?

Staff Development
Our principal, Magdalena, attended the Annual Conference for Teachers of German in September. And she will not be idle in the near future! Magdalena plans to attend

  • the Department of Education training “Blended Learning” this Friday
  • the Community Languages Australia launch of their new Love of Language website on Monday October 27 at Parliament House
  • the AGM of the Association of German Teachers of Victoria on November 11
  • a Netzwerktreffen for German schools in Sydney next March
  • and possibly the German Lutheran Trinity Church’s Annual Reformation Celebration

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Enrolments

Enrolments for all year levels are open for 2018. Students currently attending are guaranteed a spot; please contact us if you haven't already told us your intentions for next year.
New families, please send us an expression of interest via our Contact form if you'd like to visit the school and classes prior to enrolling your children. Or download a 2018 enrolment form here and email it to enrol@germansaturdayschool.org.au, post it to GSS, PO Box 291, Clifton Hill LPO, Clifton Hill VIC 3068, or hand-deliver it to the school.

Fees for 2018 will remain unchanged from 2017. Details are available on our Fee Payments Policy Page.