For weeks our school was preparing for the first Outdoor School Event in April. Hawthorne Park in Surrey was chosen as the location which was perfectly located close to school and had all the amenities we needed. Days before we knew the weather would not cooperate and it would rain, so lots of tents were put up.

The day started with 90 minutes of Outdoor Classes which the teachers prepared accordingly with lots of German exercises involving speaking, listening and reading. The students were then mixed up and divided into nature groups: Baum(tree), Blume(flower) etc.

Now the real fun started! The new groups were given a punch card and they had to complete every station put up by the teachers. The first task was a treasure hunt where every group had to find certain things in nature. After that the race through the stations began:

  • Seilgarten (rope garden)
  • Soccer Station
  • Sackhüpfen (Bag hopping)
  • Eierlauf (Egg race)
  • Plumpsack Game
  • Bingo Questionnaire
  • Klammerspiel (Clip game)
  • Volleyballoon
  • Dreibeinlauf (Three legged race)

Wet and happy the students were then called for the Hot Dog Lunch which was prepared by the board members. There were Hot Dogs from the BBQ,  German cucumber salad, potato salad, veggie ans fruit platter and hot chocolate.

After the lunch the main attraction took place: the Easter Egg Hunt. Off they went to fill their little Easter baskets with chocolate eggs.

Despite the weather, everyone had a good time and the plans are to make this an annual event.

See more pictures of this event in our Facebook Album: Outdoor School Event Album /as

Due to severe weather conditions our annual Christmas Celebration had to be cancelled for the first time in school history. All the students were heavily involved in the preparation for this event and it was decided in January to have at least the younger students perform their acts for the parents and families.

The performances included:

G1/2 with the Christmas Theatre Performance “Traumstern”

E3/4 performing the Christmas song “In der Weihnachtsbäckerei”

Kindergarten reciting the poem “Advent, Advent ein Lichtlein brennt”

E1/2 singing “Alle Jahre wieder”

G3/4/5/6 performing the dance “Tanzalarm am Tannenbaum”

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Our November tradition continues as the younger students got involved again in the annual Lantern Parade. Or as we say in Germany the “St. Martin Umzug”. It is in memory of Martin von Tours, a Roman soldier who shared his winter coat on a cold winter’s day with a beggar.

Today the children are joining the St. Martin parade with their crafted lanterns while singing a lot of specific songs. The parade is accompanied by a man on a horse with a wide coat and the story is often re-inacted by children who gather around a large bonfire. /as

Last year 5 teachers left our school. So it was important throughout the summer to fill those vacant positions. Our Principal Axel Rechlin was busy interviewing new candidates and we can announce our new staff members:

G3/4  – Annabelle Devos

G5/6 – Vanessa Welsh

E1/2 – Stefanie Müller

E3/4 – Nadja Khadra

E5/6 – Sandra Milton

Ein herzliches Willkommen unserer neuen Lehrern! /as

After more than 30 years as a teacher Agnes Drissler is retiring as the E1/E2 teacher. For all those years Agnes was a very valuable source of knowledge. She was a teacher in the Canadian school system all her life and her experience was very precious to our school.

Also retiring is Eva Touzard who was the G7/G8 teacher for over 10 years. With her excellent German language knowledge, Eva was a valuable part of the teacher staff.

We wish both a happy German School retirement and hope to still see them once in a while at our school festivities. /as

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We are happy to announce that we will have an OPEN HOUSE again this year on May 14th. So please invite your family and friends and neighbours to check out our wonderful school!

At 11 am we will all move into the theatre where the kids will show some performances and we will say Good Bye to four of our teachers, one of them has been with us for over 30 years!

We will have a BBQ going (Hot Dogs are free for all students, they will receive a ticket from their teacher) and German Vendors are there to sell their goodies! Please make sure to bring some cash.

We are also preparing some games for the kids, like “Sackhüpfen”, “Tauziehen” and we will have the “Torwand” (soccer wall) for our kids to play, as well as a craft table for the little ones.

Pre-Registration will also be open between 9am and 10.30 am. Please fill out your registration form prior (see attached) and bring it to the “office” (room D204) together with your $100 placement fee (per student, cash or cheque).

We are still in need of volunteers for the set up. If you can spare some time, please find one of us to ask what you can help with or contact/see me in the office. Please get in touch, if you can help!

We have some great silent auction item (one of it is an “Audi Weekend Experience” which is valued at $500), so please make sure to put your bids on the bidding sheets and pick up your winnings at the end!

We would like to thank our Sponsors of this OPEN HOUSE:

  • Cowell Auto Group
  • Triple Tree Nursery, Maple Ridge
  • Armada Mortgage Corporation
  • Hansel and Gretel Bakery, Maple Ridge
  • The Firehall Bistro, Pitt Meadows
  • Von Hardenberg Candles
  • The Fast Family
  • Sew Many Threads

We are looking forward to seeing you all and pay a proper good bye to this fantastic school year! /as

Just 3 days before the Queen of England our Queen turned 90 as well! All the best wishes to Luise Roloff, a former teacher of our school, who is still involved with the Surrey German School. Luise Roloff organizes the Kaffeeklatsch with her homemade cakes and still spoils the teachers with home baked bread, cold cuts, cheeses and cake during their meetings. She is always helping out where help is needed and never misses a day of school! Thank you, Luise! /as

As you all know, the Surrey German Language School is a non-profit society and run by the Board of Directors which is comprised of parent volunteers.

The current Board consists of 8 members, most of them have been with us for quiet some time. We are expecting a significant turn over in the new school year (starting September 2016) and therefore would like to ask you to consider becoming a Board Member starting in September 2016. With us starting the search for new Board Members this early, we can make sure that there will be a smooth transition which the current Board Members are happy to assist with.

As many of you might not even know what this volunteer position entails, we would like to invite you to an Information Session for people who might be interested in learning a little bit more about it. This will be on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 9.30 am in our “office” (which is room D 204 upstairs). We will have it coinciding with our monthly “Kaffeeklatsch”, so there will be complimentary coffee and home baked goods! Who doesn’t want yummy cake and coffee? This is the perfect place to learn a little about the positions, commitment (it’s way less than you would expect) and the fun! You won’t have to commit to anything at this time, this is purely informational!

If you can spare one Saturday per month (while school is in session) and are interested in shaping this Language School, please consider stepping up. We are a great team to work with!
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Welcome to a new School Year at the Surrey German Language School!

Our first day of school will be Saturday, September 12th. We will start at 9 am gathering in the big entrance hall of the school (Kwantlen Park Secondary) with introductions by our President, Christiane Clark and our Principal, Axel Rechlin.

The teachers will be introduced and the students will then be taken into their respective class rooms to start the first day of school.

At 9.15 am the official Annual General Meeting will start. Please find attached the official invitation, agenda and a proposed bylaw change that needs to be voted on.

We are asking all parents to stay for the AGM! It is important for our parents to know what’s going on in our school, what our financial position is and what is needed in order to keep this school going for many more years.

A couple of Director positions on our Board will become vacant, so we are asking you at this time to consider becoming a board member. The Board of Directors is needed in order for this school to exist. All members are volunteers and the time commitment is the first Saturday of each month for the Board Meeting (held during school hours). If you are interested, please feel free to contact me or let us know during the AGM.

Some of you might be receiving this email twice, as I have used all emails from last year’s parents/students as well as the ones from this years registration (so far). If you are planning on registering, you can still do so on the first day of school. Please see me or any other Board Member on the first day of school. We will either have a registration table set up in the hall downstairs, or you can come and see me at the “office” (first room to your right when you come up the stairs). Please remember, that the remaining tuition is due at the beginning of the school year. We accept cash or cheque.

As for school supplies: Every teacher has different needs, so please wait for your teacher to be contacting you after the first day of school. For the first day, pen and paper will be sufficient.

We will be having a concession stand again, thanks to our wonderful volunteers! Each Saturday we will have a recess during which the students (and parents, of course) can purchase buns, pretzels, treats, drinks etc.

If you pack a snack/lunch, please make sure that it is nut free, as we have some severe allergies amongst our students.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you all on September 12th!!! Let’s make this a fantastic school year for everyone!

Best Regards, Nathalie Currie Administrator /nc

The school year 2014/15 came to an end on May 30 with an Open House and BBQ.

First students and family members gathered in the theater for another stellar performance by the children.

Also the Language Diploma 2 Certificates were given to Kyla Hanschke, Max Huebner, Amelie Lerner and Alisia Oster.

Several vendors set up their tables to offer their products and services. Delicious Bratwurst was available from the BBQ and afterwards the children enjoyed some traditional German games like Sackhüpfen, Eierlaufen and Tauziehen.

To see the pictures of this event please click here: Fotoalbum

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Nach Sichtung der zahlreichen Einsendungen hat sich die Jury des Goethe Insitutes in Toronto für dieses Bild von Oleksandra N. entschieden:

Oleksandra besucht die Ecole Moscrop Secondary School in Burnaby. Zusätzlich lernt sie Deutsch an der Surrey German Language School in Vancouver. Das Team des Goethe-Instituts Toronto gratuliert Oleksandra sehr herzlich.
Die Gewinnerin wird diesen Sommer an einem dreiwöchigen Sprachkurs am Goethe-Institut Berlin teilnehmen. Ihr Bild wird nun außerdem auf einen Turnbeutel gedruckt, der in Serie geht.

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