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Germany’s Energiewende Travelling Exhibition

The German Embassy is presenting the Federal Foreign Office’s interactive travelling exhibition on the German energy transition (“Energiewende”) at the Hyatt Regency Perth until 10 November

The exhibition caters to the growing interest and attention globally in “Germany’s Energiewende”: Germany is in the midst of a radical transformation. The so-called “Energiewende” (energy transition) aims at cutting German energy demand by half and base supply nearly entirely on renewable energies by 2050. Furthermore, Germany plans to abandon nuclear power altogether by 2022.

The exhibition contains a timeline describing the evolution of German energy policy since the 1970s, presenting milestones and core issues at interactive stations. It also describes how Germany is meeting its international responsibilities with regard to sustainability, and outlines the impact the energy transition will have in shaping a future-oriented and innovation-based economy, whilst campaigning for strong international cooperation towards achieving a global Energiewende.

Since its inauguration in April 2016, the exhibition has been on display at more than 30 locations around the world. It’s now coming to Australia and you can see it at the Hyatt Regency in Perth until 10 November!
The travelling exhibition is complemented by a comprehensive website which explains the different elements and the development of the “Energiewende”. It can be accessed through www.energiewende-global.com/en 

See the following for further information:
Flyer Travelling exhibition Germany’s Energiewende
Info_Travelling exhibition Germany’s Energiewende


Martin Luther Exhibition on Display – 500 years of the Reformation

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. A protest which launched a movement that had a profound impact on European thought, culture and society. The anniversary was marked with an exhibition at the German Day of Unity on 11 October 2017; this exhibition is now open to the public at the Burt Memorial Hall and St Johns Lutheran Church Centre.

The exhibition presents Martin Luther’s life and work outlining the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present.

Where to find the exhibition

Martin Luther Exhibition Announcement Flyer – Click here for exhibition dates and times

    


Marmion Primary School – School Song in German

Marmion Primary School has a strong German program established since 1996. Currently there are 256 students in ten classes from Year 2 to Year 6 who have the opportunity to study German. The program is supported by administration, students, parents and their experienced and passionate teacher Frau Stacey Valli.

The school has recently translated their school song to German! This project had great merit as it helped to link the German language with a long held tradition at the school. Students from all classes really enjoyed learning their school song in German and participated with enthusiasm in the project.

Please see the link below to view a video of the school song in German.

School Song in German


Brisbane Celebrates 2. German Week

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Brisbane Celebrates German Week

Last year the Honorary Consul in Brisbane has introduced an exciting new initiative – Brisbane’s German Week 2016 a weeklong celebration to experience the best of Germany.

From the 1st to the 15th of October this year, Brisbane will showcase its educational, scientific, economic, political and cultural connections to Germany in cooperation with schools, universities, businesses and numerous other organisations with an affiliation to Germany. It is a great opportunity for recognizing the many contributions of Germans to Brisbane and a chance to highlight the great German programs in schools and organisations across the country.

This 2 week explores the rich and multifaceted connections between Germany and Australia, all taking place in Brisbane.

The Honorary Consul of Brisbane’s newly launched website http://www.germanweek.com.au/ features all you need to know about Brisbane’s German Week 2016 celebrations. Check it out to learn more about the daily events and see how Brisbanites are experiencing the week via social media hashtag #brisbanegermanweek View the social feed here.


Karneval Celebration at West Coast Steiner School

The West Coast Steiner School celebrated “Karneval” in true German spirit with wonderfully creative costumes, German dancing, music and an afternoon of family fun. The Honorary Consul of Germany, Mr Torsten Ketelsen, was delighted to be invited to join the school celebration on Thursday 8 June 2017. The students at the school, who all learn German as a second language, began the celebration with a “Great Karneval Parade” followed by short speeches outlining the significance of Karneval in the German culture, a German dance performance by the student dance group and lots of music, games and Karneval fun!


Open Ship Event RV Sonne 5th June 2017


Open Ship RV Sonne on 5th June 2017 from 11am to 3pm
Victoria Quay, Berth C, Fremantle Port WA
Free Event

The German research ship RV Sonne was docked in Fremantle on the 5th June 2017 providing a unique opportunity for the Western Australian community to see one of the world’s most high-tech research vessels first hand. Interested members of the public, academics and school groups had the chance to speak to the marine scientists from Germany and Australia on board, check out the ship’s cutting-edge research technology, and learn about current research campaigns in the Australian marine environment, and Australian-German marine research cooperation.

The Sonne in the News:

ABC News Article

Seen at the Sonne – Fremantle Shipping News

News Items on the Sonne – Various Articles


Updated information on the ship and its visit to Australia can be found here:

Website: http://www.deutsche-meeresforschung.de/en/sonne

Flyer: Flyer Sonne Research Vessel


OPEN-SHIP EVENT German Research Vessel SONNE – 5th June 2017


Open Ship RV Sonne on 5th June 2017 from 11am to 3pm
Victoria Quay, Berth C, Fremantle Port WA

This is a unique opportunity to see one of the world’s most high-tech research vessels first hand, speak to the marine scientists from Germany and Australia on board, check out the ship’s cutting-edge research technology, and learn about current research campaigns in the Australian marine environment, and Australian-German marine research cooperation.

-Free Entry-

Updated information on the ship and its visit to Australia can be found here:

Website: http://www.deutsche-meeresforschung.de/en/sonne

Flyer: Flyer Sonne Research Vessel


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