German Department Achievements
The German department would like to congratulate its students on some excellent results this year. A2 students all achieved A*-C grades and the essay marks were especially impressive, with George Borthwick achieving an amazing 38/40. AS students performed especially well in the speaking test, with both Kyle Bennett and Liam Hyland-Knight being awarded 48/50. Nearly 85% of our GCSE students achieved A*-C grades with some exceptional performances in individual papers by some students, especially those who attended extra sessions.
Sixth form trip to Berlin
The German department offers a three day visit to Berlin. Such an experience has shown to be of enormous benefit, not only in terms of language, motivation and social interaction in German, but also by offering an insight into and awareness of the German culture and way of life. The current A-Level specification features the cultural, historical and social life in Berlin as being a key topic in the course and this trip offers a great opportunity for students to gather first hand impressions of this interesting city. Visits include the Berlin Wall museum, the Sony Centre, the film museum and a historical tour of the city. (Miss N. Crossley)
The German exchange goes from strength to strength. Here are a couple of views of students, who took part this year.
"Late on Saturday night, the German pupils arrived in England and were welcomed by their exchange partners into their homes for the first time. The fact that the English students had already visited Günzburg in Germany and developed an insight into German culture, helped the English students further develop friendships with their German partners.
The following day, the Germans spent time with their partner and families to relax, settle into life in England and enjoy various activities organised by their English partners.
Throughout the course of the week, the German students visited Redborne alongside their partners to experience school in a new country with a different system. Trips to London, Cambridge and Harry Potter World were held for the visitors with opportunities to visit landmark tourist attractions, with guided tours alongside the occasional free time to visit the shops.
However, after a long week the we had to say farewell to each other following an extremely popular and successful exchange for everyone.
It was a unique experience to improve your language skills enormously, and also develop a friendship with someone of a different nationality.
It was a great success for both schools and an opportunity that was too good to miss."
Will Murray (Year 11)
"My German Exchange partner, Frieder was nothing but a pleasure to host on the exchange. I would really love to take part in the exchange again as I also gained many other benefits from simply staying with Frieder's family, such as more confidence in speaking German all the way down to feeling great ordering food in another language (and actually being understood!)."
Jamie Cox (Year 10)