Fünf in down under
... aus der Schulzeitung der Modbury High School in Adelaide
Front: Ann-Kathrin Falchi, Louisa Woller, Julia Skoluda, Claudia Kurz and Daniel Lauer.
Back: April Hammond, Lilly Farrell-Hill, Emily Thoday-Kennedy, Meg Gibbons and David Shields.
We are delighted to welcome five new exchange students to the school; Ann-Kathrin Falchi, Louisa Woller, Daniel Lauer, Julia Skoluda and Claudia Kurz. These students come from our sister school, the Graf-von-Staufenberg-Gymnasium in Florsheim, Germany, and will be our guests until early August.
During their stay, these young adventurers are being hosted by families from our school community. All five will attend Year 10 subject lessons and home group with their MHS host brothers and sisters to experience life as an Australian school student. The exchange students are looking forward to getting the most out of this experience as possible, and are enjoying meeting our friendly staff and students.
Already, the differences between the school experience in Germany and Australia are clear; in a discussion with MHS German students, Kathrin remarked that whilst wearing a uniform to school is a first-time experience for all of them, it does make getting dressed for school easier, and Claudia explained that the school day in Germany ends by 1pm on most days. But, before you start considering a move to a German school and the plans you could make with your extra free time, be warned; German students are expected to spend their afternoons completing homework for a weighty load of twelve different subjects!
On the subject of free time, however, it is unsurprising that both our guests and MHS students have similar pastimes; Daniel enjoys bike riding, Claudia plays the guitar and sings, Julia plays both volleyball and piano, Ann-Kathrin trains in both gymnastics and ballet, and Louisa likes to dance and read. Of course, like all teenagers, they each enjoy catching up with friends!
Thank you to staff and our MHS host families for their ongoing support without which the success of this exchange would not possible.
Tessa Kowaliw and Maria Cooke (Deutschlehrerinnen MHS)