The Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Torsten Ketelsen, attended the Rossmoyne Senior High School ANZAC Day Ceremony. The memorable service was conducted entirely by the students to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, during the Vietnam War. The students shared their family stories from members that served during the Vietnam War and a performed a moving dance piece.
Mr Torsten Ketelsen, other guests, staff and students laid a floral wreath to pay tribute to the Australian Solidier’s who served during the Battle of Long Tran.
The Teachers Association of German in Western Australia (TAGWA) held their Annual State Conference at the Honorary German Consulate on Saturday 1 April 2017.
The conference was a great opportunity for teachers from primary, secondary and community schools as well as universities and other institutions to meet for an afternoon of learning, collaborating and networking. A very informative and beneficial opportunity for the sharing of best practice in the teaching and learning of the German Language.
The Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Torsten Ketelsen presented a speech to open the conference:
On November 3 to 5 the most significant bilateral conference between German and Australia will redefine the depth and breadth of economic
linkages between our countries. Political and business leaders will explore new investment & trade opportunities with a special focus on
the growth in Asia-Pacific. Germany and Australia will discuss how to best leverage their strong ties into the Asia-Pacific.
Learn about the challenges and opportunities in the Asia Pacific from two angles. Two heavily trade exposed economies will bring senior
experts and business leaders to get frank assessments how companies can create new opportunities in some of the world’s largest and fastest
growing economies. Companies will be able to utilise a number of side events and networking tools to drive new business & partnering
opportunities. Experts from Austrade and Germany Trade and Invest will be on hand to facilitate one on one meetings.
The APRC will bring up to one thousand delegates to Perth to hear from business and political leaders about future opportunities in areas
such as Mining & Resources, Industry 4.0, Energy, Health Technologies, Defence Industries and how Australia acts as a premier business
gateway for the Asia-Pacific region. PERTH – Western Australia : The ideal location for the German – Asia Pacific Regional Conference Western Australia’s (WA) land mass of 2.5 million square kilometres is equal to the size of Western Europe and one-third of the entire Australian continent. Its population is 2.6m, mainly centred on its capital city of Perth and the South West coast. With a robust annual population growth, the population is forecast to rise by 25 percent to 3.3 million over the next 10 years...click here to read full article…
Celebrating 175 Years of German Settlement in Western Australia
In 1841, 175 years ago, the first German migrant to settle permanently in Western Australia was naturalised as a British subject. Fredrick Waldeck wanted to demonstrate his commitment to his chosen place of residence; the place where he and his loved ones felt at home and to which he felt a new sense of allegiance. Thousands of Germans and German speakers have followed in his footsteps – male and female, young and old, rich and poor – all united by hope and the pursuit of a future that would add a new, West Australian, component to their sense of identity. This book is dedicated to all those who appreciate diversity and the cultural richness it entails, and who have, like so many of those in this volume, proved their appetite for risk-taking and new beginnings.
The book is available at the Honorary German Consulate Perth $30.00
The German Language Round Table group welcomed Eva Baker, Deputy Director and Head of Languages Goethe Institute Australia, to a meeting at the Honorary consulate on Thursday 9th February 2017.
The meeting provided an opportunity for an exchange of ideas to promote and strengthen German language learning in Western Australia. Avenues for support and collaboration to bring German films and culture to Western Australia were also explored. The planning of a German film screening for school groups is currently underway.
Australian-German Student Exchange (SAGSE) awards scholarships to Australian students in year 11 and 12 each year to travel to Germany for 10 weeks during their summer holidays. The program provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their German language, interact with the German culture and build intercultural friendships.
The 2016 Scholarship winners were awarded by Ms Pamela Millar the President of SAGSE at the Day of German Unity Celebration on the 3rd October 2016. The four students; Ms Mia Palmer from Methodist Ladies College, Mr Yu-Jin Ham from Rossmoyne Senior High School, Ms Prajna Menon from Rossmoyne Senior High School and Ms Tiana Nelson from Kelmscott Senior High have now returned from their 10 week exchange program in Germany.
Attached are the students reports describing their insightful and interesting experiences while on the exchange.