Christmas in Germany
For an hour or so on Tuesday 17th December, the Vandyke Upper School theatre became a little part of Germany. With traditional decorations, the aromas of scented candles and speciality foods and the singing of carols, it was almost like being on a German Christmas market!
The students enthusiastically joined in the carol singing with old favourites O Tannenbaum and Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht. A presentation on how Christmas is celebrated in Germany was followed by an opportunity for the students to sample some German specialities such as Stollen (fruit bread stuffed with marzipan), Lebkuchen (gingerbread covered in chocolate) and Spekulatius (sounds like a spell from Harry Potter but is in fact a biscuit spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg). A quiz on their knowledge of the language and culture of the festive time in Germany completed the students’ brief taste of Germany.
We are very grateful to Frau Elding, Frau Brown and the other members of the Languages team for all their effort and hard work in preparing such an enjoyable experience. There also needs to be a special mention to Mr Cooksey for the loan of some of his authentic German decorations.
It remains crucially important that our students gain an insight into other cultures and to experience the differences as well as recognise the many similarities of Christmas in Germany.
Mr Phillips, Deputy Headteacher