Annual German School Campus Lantern Fest & St. Martin’s Parade in the village of Old World.
Public invited (click map)
Please print pdf flyer Sankt Martin 2017 Old World
Saturday November 18th, 2017 – 4pm to 8:00 pm
Today is October 3rd. A very important date in German history as we are about to learn this month at German class at our school. And there is a lot more history to cover this October.
German-American Heritage Month is also in October with the German American Heritage Day being observed on October 6. We take this as an opportunity here at German School Campus to make our students familiar with some of the important events in German history.
October 3rd commemorates the reunification of Germany. Since World War II had ended the idea of reunification has been on the minds of German politicians and the German people alike.
When the construction of the wall started in August 1961 many Germans saw their hope for a united Germany vanish for good. The wall should divide the city of Berlin permanently, replacing the less effective wire fence that had been used until then.
It caught Berliners, Germans and the world all the more by surprise when on November 9th of 1989 the East German government declared that it would allow its citizen to freely cross the border to visit West Berlin and West Germany. It was a historical moment and dramatic pictures of that time when East and West Germans met again after so many years of separation, keep captivating people from all around the globe.
October 3rd is just one date this month that carries a lot of importance in German history. Another date deems just as important in terms of the changes it brought along that affected not only the Germans but many countries around the world.
October 31. This was the day when Martin Luther, a German priest and theologian from Eisleben (a city in Saxony-Anhalt), nailed his famous 95 theses onto the doors of the castle church in Wittenberg.
Meant initially to simply draw attention to certain practices and teachings of the Catholic Church that he didn’t agree with, this bold action soon started a whole movement that initiated the Protestant Reformation. Today Lutheranism is among the largest branches of Protestantism. Other branches include Calvinism, Baptist churches, Methodism, Anglicanism among many others.
2017, often called the ‘Luther Year’ in Germany, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that had been started by this significant event at the castle church in Wittenberg.
But Luther is not only known for his breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church and creating a new religious structure within Christendom, the Lutheran Protestantism.
Martin Luther is also the man, who made religion accessible to everyone in his country by translating the Bible from Latin into ‘colloquial’ German. Now even laymen were able to understand the Bible’s teachings. This event however had a much bigger impact, not only on the religious understanding of a whole society but also on German culture as a whole. By translating the Bible into one ‘common German language’, Luther united Germans through their language. In a sense Luther can be seen as the father of ‘standardized’ German, since until then no single German language existed but a variety of dialects.
Luther was a born reformer. He changed religious believes, created one German language and also revolutionized the educational system. At his time, education was a privilege, accessible only to the elite and future priests. As the visionary he was, he realized the importance in having the next generation be educated in order to preserve knowledge and cultural heritage. He wanted education be available to everyone including girls! “By the late 16th century, rural German schools were gender balanced” according to an article by Jay Mathews in the Washington Post.
That education needs to be free for everyone, is still a motto that’s driving Germany’s education model even today!
A new school year started at GermanSchool campus last week
with a beloved German tradition: the “Schultüte”, a school-cone!
Are you familiar with the tradition of the Schultüte? It’s an
oversized cone-shaped goodie bag that is generally filled with
candy, small school supply items and other surprises. It marks the
first day of school of every first-grader in Germany, and it’s his
most anticipated accessory aside of the ‘Schulranzen’, the book
Dating back to the 18th century, this tradition of the “Schultüte”
meant to indicate and celebrate a turning point in a child’s life,
who leaves her carefree life for a 12-year academic adventure
ahead. It’s a symbol for a new beginning.
Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchool campus’ founder still has fond
memories of her own first day of school in Germany in the 60’s.
“It’s just such a nice tradition to start out the seriousness of life. It
certainly left a positive impression on me!” she laughs, “I want to
replicate the positive impact this tradition had on me with my own
students. With the gesture of presenting my students with a
school cone I want to send them off onto their new journey of
learning German the right and fun way.”
While all her new students of different age groups received the
traditional “Schultüte” today, Ms. Schoeneich is especially excited
about her new group of Kindergarteners joining the school’s
language program. This year will be the first year that she offers a
‘Vorschul-Klasse’, a class that will cater to the youngest learners
within the preschool to Kindergarten age (4-6 years old). This
particular class will playfully engage the children with the
concepts of the German language through music, songs, rhythm
Registration for the new school year 2017/18 has already started
in early August, but the school’s open enrollment policy allows
sign-ups throughout the year.
Online registration please go to:
Or call the school at (949) 285 0829
Knowing how important it is for our children to be introduced to a new language as early as possible, we realized the significance of designing a special class for our youngest German language learners. We listened to our parents, and created German School campus’ brand new ‘Voschul-Klasse’ (4-6 years old)!
Learning German at our school right on the Newport Beach Bay has always been an exciting adventure but this year marks the first year, where we make it possible for students to join us at German School campus already at four years of age!
Here is what you need to know: We are expanding our course offering for the upcoming academic school year by adding two new programs:
We will continue having our traditional Beginner Class that prepares students for the AATG 1 exam in their first year, and we will have our popular Intermediate Class, which culminates in taking the A2 Exam according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), (The A2 Exam is a necessary step towards the B1, and finally B2 /C1 exams). Our Intermediate class takes also the AATG 2 exam in spring 2018, which can count towards credits for foreign language studies at a high school.
Countless studies show how beneficial it is for children to start learning a foreign language as early as possible. Not only is learning a foreign language happening more naturally and playfully then, but research demonstrates that language learning has also many cognitive benefits. It enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills, and provides our children with greater mental flexibility and makes them better multi-taskers.
Our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ program for our youngest learners is taught by Livia Wielath, a gifted educator, who has a BA in Education and a Masters Certification in the Dalcroze-Method for Music & Movement from the Conservatory in Stuttgart. Livia has been teaching young children in Germany and Orange County for the past 27 years. She currently teaches Orff Music classes and also German Language Circles at a school in Laguna Beach.
At German School campus she’ll use her experience with the Dalcroze-Method and teach our 4-6 year olds the German language through songs and rhythm. Children will learn numbers, the days of the week, the calendar, seasons and much more through fun songs and plays. As it is tradition in our school, also our youngest members will learn how to introduce themselves and will be able to hold up a small and simple conversation by the end of the year. You’ll be surprised by their success!
Our engaging teaching method benefits all 4-6 year olds in our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’. While we focus more on the spoken word with our youngest ones in class, we start introducing simple writing and reading in German to our 5-6 year olds. Working on art projects and doing crafts further enhances the German language immersion.
Throughout the year all classes at German School campus participate in celebrating German traditions and prepare for festivities in an age-appropriate way. Highlights are:
One of our recent post explains more in detail how else we make learning German a fun adventure at German School campus.
The new school year is just about to begin and we are already in the middle of planning out all our classes.
Be part of our school and enroll your child at our school today! We look forward to welcoming you and your family!
The second year of the project “summer camp” is over and it was a complete success again as shown by the positive reaction of the students regarding the practical experiences. Outside of the class rooms the students have learned everything about the elements -earth, water, air and fire. The main focus was talking about our resources and renewable energy, with an emphasis on sustainability in mind. A further priority was learning new vocabularies in a field that becomes more and more important to all nations all over the world. In cooperation with the Newport Sea Base School Mrs. Schoeneich (school director) was able to plan an all-round camp with interesting articles, videos, games and great trips to different places in the Newport Back Bay area, for examples excursions on the water including kayaking and sail boat tours. The idea was to practice a specialized vocabulary playfully with all students of all ages together. At the end the kids got their own folders with all important information about tides, solar and wind energy and recycling, of course in German. Mrs. Ursula Schoeneich created with her German School Campus another wonderful summer camp that hopefully will come back in 2018 again!
We are looking forward to her projects!
is the third largest university in Bavaria. It was founded in Erlangen in the 18th century and offers 79 Bachelor’s and 89 Master’s degrees to more than 40,000 students. The faculties are distributed all over the city and cooperate with many organizations. The cooperation with a lot of hospitals in Erlangen makes the Friedrich Alexander University to one of the ten largest universities in Germany. The palace garden in the center of the city offers a great atmosphere. Right next to the faculty of the university is the Orangerie of the palace with direct access to the university street. The park has many beautiful places that are used for sports, reading and relaxing and makes the students’ lunch time especially in summer. The palace garden is also a popular place for graduation parties and festivals. A beautiful place to study.
ist die drittgrößte Universität in Bayern. Sie wurde im 18. Jahrhundert in Erlangen gegründet und bietet mehr als 40.000 Studenten 79 Bachelor und 89 Master Studiengänge an. Die Fakultäten sind in der ganzen Stadt verteilt und kooperieren mit vielen Organisationen. Besonders die Kooperationen mit den Kliniken in Erlangen macht die Friedrich-Alexander-Universität zu einer der zehn größten Universitäten in Deutschland. Eine tolle Atmosphäre bietet vor allem der Schlosspark im Zentrum der Stadt. Direkt neben der Verwaltung der Universität liegt die Schloss Orangerie mit direktem Zugang zu der Universitätsstraße. Der Park besitzt viele Wiesen für Sport, Lesen und Entspannen und versüßt den Studenten die Mittagspause. Der Schlosspark ist unter anderem ein beliebter Ort für Abschlussfeiern und Stadtfeste. Ein wunderschöner Ort um zu studieren.
In this way the May began in Germany at the Northern Sea. In the north of Germany the summer feeling began early this year. Just in time for school holidays, families enjoyed the warm sand, the warm water and good food. A perfect place if you need time to relax! Even from the south of Germany people travel to the north. Not only the coast is an attractive holiday destination for many people, also the islands around the mainland. All public ferries are also easy to reach. The most relaxing place is in “beach baskets”, which shelters from the sun and the wind, but also invite you to dream. The Northern Sea is an unique landscape with tall grasses and sand hills called “Dünen”. A visit to German beaches is worthwhile for everyone!
So hat der Mai in Deutschland an der Nordsee angefangen. Im Norden von Deutschland fing das Sommer Gefühl früh an dieses Jahr. Rechtzeitig zu den Schulferien genossen Familien den warmen Sand, das warme Wasser und gutes Essen. Wer Zeit zum Entspannen braucht ist hier genau richtig! Sogar aus dem Süden Deutschlands reisen die Menschen in den Norden an. Nicht nur die Küste ist für viele ein attraktives Urlaubsziel, sondern auch die darum liegenden Inseln. Mit den Fähren sind alle ganz einfach zu erreichen. Am schönsten ist es in den Strandkörben, die nicht nur Schutz vor der Sonne und dem Wind bieten, sondern auch zum Träumen einladen. Die Nordsee ist eine einmalige Landschaft mit hohen Gräsern und Sandhügeln, die „Dünen“ genannt werden. Ein Besuch an deutschen Stränden lohnt sich für jeden!
GERMAN SCHOOL campus ends this school year on a strong note with our students bringing home 15 awards for their exceptional work in the German National Exam testing in May: 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Award!
“But how do you get there?” Parents frequently ask us. In the following we hope to offer some answers by letting you in on our teaching philosophy as well as on what a successful first year of German language studies may look like.
For many of our students this school year was their first year being exposed to the German language and for some it was even the first year learning a foreign language all together. It is amazing to witness the immense progress students have made by the end of each school year.
When classes start out in late August, many parents, who have signed up their children to learn German, are anxious about how their child will cope with learning a foreign language. What will they learn during the first year? What will they actually be able to understand by the end of the year?
They are always surprised but excited to find out that many of our first time learners partake in either the German National Exam for teenagers or the A1-“Vergleichsarbeit” test for our younger children. And this, by the end of only one year of German language instruction!
It’s an exciting learning path throughout the year, where each student studies not only German grammar and vocabulary but also discovers quite a bit about German culture. At GERMAN SCHOOL campus we are teaching along the guidelines of the Common European Framework. For students starting out with studying German this means learning a lot about daily life scenarios.
Students will learn how to introduce themselves in German, how to talk about their family, their hobbies and their pets. Throughout the duration of the school year, they will practice chatting with fellow students about their day and can strike up a conversation about friends and school.
Part of our teaching philosophy is to regularly incorporate fun and engaging ways to help our students retain new vocabulary and learn grammatical concepts more easily. If we talk about sports, we’ll make use of our exceptional location right on the Newport Bay, and take our students out on the water, where they can learn how to kayak, or rig a sailboat “in German”. Who says working on new vocabulary can’t be fun?!
Another lesson that students enjoy each year is the chapter about food. We invite the whole class to join us for our traditional German breakfast and principal ‘Frau Ursula’ literally “makes the breakfast vocabulary come to life”! What better way to learn German vocabulary than by munching on delectable German cookies, enjoying German chocolate milk and indulging on the vast variety of German breads, cold cuts and cheeses?
While sipping tea or chocolate milk, students work on how to ask in German for another piece of bread, or practice how to offer a fellow student another cup of tea. “The success of each of my students is very much on my mind all year long”, says principal Ursula Schoeneich, “and moments like our breakfast, when I see our children start conversing in German, assure me that we are on the right path.”
German is a very structured language and, yes, has many rules. But once you understand the basics, there is a system you can build on. Especially English speakers have an advantage. The English language has so much in common with German that “even today, 80 of the 100 most common words in English are Germanic in origin…making the most frequently spoken words in English and German …extremely similar!” Kindergarden-Kindergarten; ball- Ball; sun-Sonne.
At GERMAN SCHOOL campus we like to give our students little goals to work on before tackling the big goal of the National German Exam testing. This gives them a sense of purpose and turns learning into a game by achieving various benchmarks along the line. We encourage all of our students to take part in the year-end German National Exams and that way be eligible for the Delta Epsilon Phi National Honor Society for High School Students of German. We are proud to have two students qualify for this award in 2017!
Join us for our End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony and celebrate our students! Students, please bring parents and friends and join us for a delicious breakfast and receive your awards and medals!
The new 2017/2018 School year at GERMAN SCHOOL campus starts out. You can enroll your student right here.