Working in Partnership
When the Goethe Institu asked if Winston would host two German students for a month, I delighted to provide the opportunity. We welcomed Cosima and Susann to Winston on Monday and they are very keen to get involved with our school and to learn as much as possible about the British education system.
This is their impressions so far:
Spending our internship at Winston Churchill School was probably the best decision we could have made. We were welcomed by a great staff (special thanks to Ms Finney for helping us with everything!), a huge and modern school, an extremely wide range of very interesting subjects and by really awesome students. It’s an honour to be here and we get more impressed every day by all the things we are able to do and able to see. But enough of this eulogy. We are just really happy to be part of this school for one month and we are thankful that you are having us and that you are taking such a good care of us.
However, our original roots - as some people already know - lie in Germany. Susann’s in Wittenberg, Cosima’s in Berlin, but we both go to the University of Leipzig where we study English and Biology to become teachers one day. That’s basically why we are here. To see how the British / English school system works and to - as a useful side effect - improve our English and broaden our horizons. And we are also here to help out wherever we can. Of course, in the German department but we don’t want to hide our personal talents like cooking, being creative and supportive, cheerleading (Susann only) and we are also really enthusiastic, which definitively should be mentioned as a talent!
Hopefully, we can get involved with most of you. Right now we are part of the BBC school report team, which is absolutely awesome! We are super happy to join them and get inspired by there work. It’s such a great opportunity for the students! Besides this project, you might see us in your after school clubs, during your lessons and in the hallway. Wherever it is - don’t hesitate to say hello or ask us everything you are interested in. We will answer your questions as good as we can - maybe in a funny accent..
So see you soon or as we say in German: Bis bald.
Cosima and Susann
Poetry By Heart
On the evening of Wednesday 10th February, Woking Library hosted a competition entitled 'Poetry By Heart' during which students who had won regional contests, battled for the title of county champion. The participants recited 2 poems by heart, a pre-1914 poem from the Poetry By Heart timeline anthology plus either a post-1914 poem from the timeline anthology or a poem from the Poetry By Heart First World War Showcase. The judging panel included poets Adrienne Dines and Greg Freeman.
During the evening Winston students Adam Grainger, Benjamin Moore and Philip Norman performed instrumental pieces to welcome guests to the event and enhance the atmosphere throughout. Their performance was well received and the organiser has already hinted at a return concert next year!
Thank you from Pond Meadow
The students of Pond Meadow School sent the following thank you letters to Mr Drake and our students. Clearly everyone gained a great deal from the experience.