ANZAC Ceremony at Rossmoyne Senior High School

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.

SAGSE Black and White Dance

The Society for Australian German Student Exchange (SAGSE) held the annual Black and White Dance at the Rhein-Donau Club on Saturday 1 April 2017.

The event provides an opportunity to, not only support future exchange students, but also hear about the adventures of returned students and be introduced to the newest awardees.

The fun filled evening was enjoyed by all with music by DJ Brian, performance by the Edelweisstanzgruppe and “Echo der Berge” and plenty of traditional German food.

TAGWA State Conference 2017

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:

Opening of the TAGWA State Conference – Speech by Mr Torsten Ketelsen

Western Australia – Expanding it’s Economy on a Solid Foundation

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. here to read full article…

Born German, Re-Born in Western Australia: Selected Stories 1841-2016

“Born Germany – Reborn in WA”

By Alexandra Ludewig

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

Goethe Institute Australia Meets German Language Round Table

L-R: Tanja Colgan and Eva Baker

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.

SAGSE Scholarship Winners Describe their German Exchange Experience

SAGSE Scholarship winners from left to right: Ms Tiana Nelson, Mr Ju-Yin Ham, Ms Mia Palmer, Ms Prajna Menon, German Ambassador Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz, President of SAGSE Ms Pamela Millar and Honorary German Consul Mr Torsten Ketelsen

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.

SAGSE Exchange Reports – Newsletter 2017

For more information on SAGSE please see their website

German Film “Toni Erdmann” PIAF 2017


The Perth International Arts Festival brings to you a German film as part of the Lotterywest Festival Films: The award winning
“Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade

“One of the most stirring cinematic experiences to come around in a long time.”
The Film Stage

See the PIAF 2017 website for further information.

The film has won 5 awards at the European Film Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Read more here

UWA Somerville: Monday 30 Jan – Sunday 5 Feb, 8pm
ECU Joondalup Pines: Tuesday 7 – Sunday 12 Feb, 8pm

See the PIAF 2017 website for ticketing and further information

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