Easter Greetings 2017

Easter Bunny in Christmas Tree 2017-1Dear All,

Time has gone by so quickly that it’s hard to believe it’s Easter again. It must be, though, because last year’s Christmas tree, which has turned its colour into a light, greyish brown, is now home to the Easter bunny in my garden. What do you think, should I decorate the twigs with eggs, too? 🙂

Since the beginning of the school year 2016/17, students and teachers in the International Programme at Goetheschule Essen have been pretty busy again. We completed an Erasmus module on WWI literature with a theatre workshop in Ikast (Denmark) in September, have started an eTwinning project (with schools from Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania) in November, visited a British Higher Education Fair in January, attended a Model UN Conference in Amersfoort (The Netherlands) in February, produced an Erasmus documentary on technological and scientific advances during WWI in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in March and began researching WWI sources in local archives in April in preparation of our next Erasmus project week in Varazdin (Croatia). After the holidays we will welcome guests from France at our school and after that we are going to organise our 10-year IB anniversary.

But for now we all enjoy a two-week break and send the best of wishes to our partner schools in Dozulé (France), Ikast (Denmark), Lublin (Poland), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Sunderland (Great Britain) and Porto (Portugal) and to our IB graduates all over the world.

Happy Holidays

Karmen Heup

Erasmus Plus-Projekt 2017 in Kroatien

Postkarte KriegsheimkehrerSchülerinnen und Schüler der Jgst. 9 bis 11 können sich in diesem Schuljahr erneut am Erasmusprojekt „Transforming Europe“ beteiligen. Das seit 2015 aus Mitteln der europäischen Union geförderte Projekt geht im April 2017 in die vierte Runde und führt die Schülerinnen und Schüler nach Kroatien. Eine Woche lang, vom 17. bis zum 23. September 2017, tragen Jugendliche aus fünf Ländern in unserer IB-Partnerschule in Varaždin kreative Ideen zusammen und erstellen gemeinsam ein E-Book, das einen neuen Blick auf die Zeit von 1917 bis 2017 eröffnen soll:

  • Wie sah es in Europa vor 100 Jahren aus? Wie war das Leben damals für Kinder und Jugendliche an der sogenannten Heimatfront, für junge Soldaten in den Schützengräben oder Schwesternhelferinnen in den Lazaretten?
  • Wo finden wir in unserer Stadt Zeugnisse dieser Geschichte(n)?
  • Was können wir aus heutiger Sicht aus den Erfahrungen von damals lernen?
  • Wie hat der Krieg die politischen und moralischen Überzeugungen in Europa verändert?

Vorbereitung April – Juni 2017

Wer mitmachen möchte, sollte Spaß daran haben Geschichte aus Sicht der kleinen Leute zu entdecken. Unsere Schule und die Stadt Essen öffnen ihre Archive für Euch. Es gilt Bilder (Fotos, Poster, Postkarten) und Texte (Auszüge aus Briefen, Tagebüchern, Zeitungen usw.) zusammenzutragen, kritisch auszuwerten und Eure Fundstücke online über eTwinning anderen Schülerinnen und Schülern in englischer Sprache vorzustellen. Wie das geht, erklären Euch Herr Boergen und Frau Heup in der Erasmus AG. Das erste Info-Treffen findet statt am Donnerstag, dem 6. April 2017, 14.20 – 15.00 Uhr, in Raum 25. Bei Bedarf ist eine Unterrichtsbefreiung möglich. Weitere Termine folgen nach Absprache.

Projektwoche im September 2017

Erasmus-LogoWährend der Projektwoche in Kroatien könnt Ihr Euch je nach Interesse und Talent in unterschiedlichen Rollen an der Produktion eines englischen E-Books beteiligen, z. B. in den Bereichen Design und Illustrationen, Cartoons, Sachtexte oder kreative Texte. Die Gruppen werden dabei bunt gemischt mit Schülerinnen und Schülern aus Kroatien, Dänemark, Polen, den Niederlanden und natürlich aus Deutschland.

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Foto: Beschriftete Postkarte, von Frl. Nördingen an ihren Verlobten Johann Ostermeier und Retour. Dieser diente im 1. Armeekorps, 1. Division, II. Inf. Regiment,  – 1918. Aus der Privatsammlung von Michael Postenrieder. Fotografiert von Michael Kassube. Diese Datei ist unter der Creative-Commons-Lizenz „Namensnennung – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 nicht portiert“ lizenziert.

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Erasmus Students at the Erasmus Bridge

During the project week in Rotterdam our Erasmus students focused very much on the production of their WWI documentary, but in the afternoon of Thursday, 9th March 2017, film cameras, computers and microphones were left behind, when the group was taken on a tour through the city by Carolyn McNanie. One of the first stops was Rotterdam Harbour…

… and the famous Erasmus Bridge, named after the philosopher Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1466-1536), who is also the name giver to the European Commission’s educational programme ERASMUS PLUS, which offers European students – like the ones at Goetheschule Essen –  the opportunity to study abroad.

[Portrait of Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger]

The guided tour ended at Rotterdam Central Station, where visitors are reminded of Erasmus‘ conviction „Space separates bodies, not minds“.

Making an Erasmus Documentary on the First World War

Group Work

Filmmaking is teamwork. It involves many different steps, including scriptwriting, sound recording and editing the final product. What is takes to make a good documentary is hard work, perseverance and passion. The Dutch Erasmus Coordinator was amazed to see so much devotion among the students who had come together in Rotterdam: ″The students had been at school since nine in the morning, but when I told them to pack up because the school was to close at five, there was that German kid who came to me and asked ′Do we really have to go…?′″

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Fotos: Eva Heidemann, 2017

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Filming in Flanders

Erasmus-lilaAfter having spent a night in the Peace Village in Flanders, the Erasmus group set out to explore the region with its many memorial places. Here are some sites which the young filmmakers chose to visit in order to make a documentary on scientific and technological advances and ethical issues during WWI.

The Death Cells in Poperinge

Todeszelle GrafittiMany traumatised soldiers, who suffered from shell shock, were considered cowards during WWI. In the prison cells of Poperinge town hall some spent the last night before their execution and carved graffiti into the walls while waiting for certain death. Outside, a poem by the Flemish poet Erwin Mortier reminds us of the soldiers‘ fate.

Todeszelle Denkmal

The final stanza refers directly to the soldiers‘ graffiti: „Licht, graues Licht / ätzt Worte, spröde / Worte in die Wände.“

Sanctuary Wood Museum

Schützengräben

In the Sanctuary Wood Museum the students filmed in WWI trenches.

Filmen im Schutzengraben Im Schützengraben

During lunch break some also visited the Sanctuary Wood Cemetry together with Ms Heidemann and Mr Preyer.

Soldatenfriedhof Sanctuary Wood

Passendale Research Centre

In Passendale the students spoke with experts about aviation, chemical warfare, coding and decoding, communication technologies and trauma treatment.

St. Julien War Memorial

The bus stopped next at St. Julien War Memorial, which was erected by the Canadians in the very spot where German troops had started the first poison gas attack on 22nd April 1915.

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Hooge Crater Museum and Langemark German Military Cemetry

The tour finished with a visit to Hooge Crater Museum and the Langemark German Militry Cemetry. The cemetry became the final resting place for 44.061 German soldiers who had been killed in Flanders during WWI.

Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof