AGM of the School Committee is tomorrow!
We hope you can make the time to attend the school’s Annual General Meeting tomorrow. Before school starts we’ll be selling pretzels once again. The cost this year is $3 per pretzel or 4 for $10.
Once the students have settled into their classes, our Annual General Meeting will begin promptly at 9:30. Please come along, listen to the principal’s and treasurer’s reports and then consider raising your hand to join the committee. All positions will be vacated during the meeting which means there’s an opportunity for you to help run the school as a general committee member. For those with special skills or interests we have a number of positions with specific tasks as detailed in the previous newsletter. Meetings are conducted in English and take place about once a month during GSS hours. It’s understandable that members can’t attend every meeting — we’re all busy.
This year we hope that some students will take part in Language Perfect again. It’s an online website through which those students who have enrolled can test their German knowledge in competition with other students around the world. Stay tuned for details about how to enrol your children through GSS.
We are now a DSD and PASCH school
After long preparations and checking that we have met all the stringent requirements, in winter 2014 we gained the accreditation from the German Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt) and we are now an accredited DSD-school. DSD stands for Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Certificate) and is an internationally-recognized examination for German language. Our school can now offer our students to sit the exam at the A2/B1 level. The exam is free of charge.
Only schools that place great value in teaching German and where it has been a long tradition, with a high quality instruction, can be given a DSD-accreditation. That’s why we are very proud that we have now joined the club!
At the same time, we joined a global network of more than 1,500 schools worldwide where German language is valued highly: PASCH-network. PASCH stands for “Schools: Partners for the Future” or, in German, “Schulen: Partner für die Zukunft”.
According to its website, PASCH is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut (GI), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (PAD).
PASCH schools are entitled to receive staff and equipment support, advice and qualification, networking as well as language and study scholarships for their students and teachers.
See you at the AGM!