World Cup contact comes to fruition for Victoria Park

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

A contact made by VP teacher Mrs Angelique Jennings during the World Cup has resulted in an exciting new venture for Victoria Park High School.  The school is about to enter into partnership with the Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium from Wolfenbüttel, northern Germany.

The Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium offers a similar extra-mural programme to Victoria Park, with emphasis on the arts and other cultural activities. The school curriculum, however, focuses on multilingualism, with English, French, Spanish and Latin being offered.

Victoria Park will be the German school’s third overseas partnership, the others being with schools in France and England.

“Being a foreign language oriented school, we would like to continue our positive long-term exchange experience with another English-speaking country. South Africa sounds very promising to us. We would love to establish a new long-term exchange programme with a South African partner school. We are convinced that South Africa with its culture, history, and people has a lot to offer to our students. “ said Mr Markus Gerke, who is leading the project.

To inaugurate this partnertship, Victoria Park  will host twelve students and teachers from THG on a visit to the Eastern Cape from 24 March to 9 April.

The German students will stay with local families and attend some classes at Victoria Park High School. They will also visit the Addo Elephant Park and other significant tourist sites in and around Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route.

In return, the host students and teachers from Victoria Park will visit Northern Germany later this year. They will stay with the families of their exchange partners and thus be introduced to the German way of life.

“We think it is important that a school exchange is not regarded as some  extra holiday time. It is about learning about another culture, developing friendships and building character”  said Mr Gerke.

From left to right, standing: Frederik Pinkau, Svenja Cordes, Lea Heindorf, Kira Vollenweider, Pauline Adam, Katharina Bogun, Mai Britt Berghöfer, Judith Hartwich, Pia Marie Georgieu