Australian Companies meet the Australian Ambassador to Germany Ms Lynette Wood

The Australian Ambassador to Germany, Ms Lynette Wood, arrived in Perth for a short visit last week. To mark the occasion Mr Torsten Ketelsen, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, held a small reception on Thursday 15 March 2018 at the Honorary Consulate of Germany.

The reception provided an opportunity for Australian companies with direct business links to Germany to meet the Ambassador.

German Language Round Table First Meeting 2018

The German Language Round Table held the first meeting for 2018 on the 27 February at the Honorary German Consulate. The meeting marked a great start to the New Year with 11 new members joining to support the Round Table’s objective of working collaboratively to aid and promote German language and culture in Western Australia.

Special guest Joanna Jamroz, Head of Educational Service Goethe-Institut, was welcomed to the group on her first visit to the Round Table from the Goethe-Institute Melbourne office.

The meeting provided an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and avenues of support for the strengthening of German language learning in WA.

The main aims of the German Language Round Table are to:

  • Match German language resources with the demand from schools and other institutions in Western Australia.
  • Support and promote existing and new pathways for German language teaching in Western Australia.
  • Advocate for second language learning in Western Australian schools and other institutions.
  • Identify and address any barriers to the uptake of German as a second language, and languages other than English in general, in schools and other institutions.
  • Support and promote German cultural events in Western AustraliaFor more information on the German Language Round Table see the web page: German Language Round Table

Goethe Society WA Intensive German Course

Summer 2018

The Goethe Society WA will run an intensive German course for 5 nights in mid-January. There will be two levels offered: beginners (A1) and a more advanced level (A2 to B1). This will be an interactive and collaborative course. Participants are also encouraged to let the Goethe Society WA know of any specific areas or material they would like to study when they are enrolling or during the course of the week.

Date: 15th to 19th January 2017

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: German Consulate Perth, 1133 Hay Street, West Perth WA 6005

Parking: Street parking is available (free parking from 6pm onwards)

Fee: 150 Dollars. Fees are payable prior to starting the course. Unless classes are cancelled due insufficient student numbers, fees are not refundable.

Enrolment Date: Please enrol by the 22th December 2016 by sending an email to This will secure your place. Please state which level (beginner or advanced) you would like to attend. Places are assigned on a “first come, first served” basis. If you miss out, you will be put on a waiting list and may be contacted closer to the starting date of the course, if there are cancellations.

Number of participants: minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16.

Teachers: Annett Klinzmann and Iris Ludewig-Rohwer

What to bring: pen and paper bottle of water

Please note that that classrooms are on level 1. There is no lift available.

Contact: for more information, please contact Annett on 0400 140744 or

We are looking forward to a week of fun and learning lots of German.

Goethe-Institut Science Workshops in German

The Goethe-Institut presented a rewarding and thought provoking afternoon of Science Workshops in German at The Honorary German Consulate Perth on 24 November 2017. Students from a number of senior high schools in Perth in year 7 to year 10 engaged in hands-on activities lead by German speaking Western Australian scientists.

The Honorary German Consulate Perth was abuzz with excitement as the 40 students had the opportunity to step into the scientists shoes and learn about their interesting research areas; from how bacteria can be used to clean up contaminated sites, identifying a whale through DNA, virtual reality in Health and Safety training to a LEGO robotics Space-Mission workshop!

Each workshop was conducted in German promoting science and German language integrated learning. The students gained a greater insight into a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the strong connection the German language shares with these subject areas. Germany has a strong record of research, development and innovation in the fields of STEM and is one of the most commonly used scientific languages. Students who learn German gain access to academic knowledge, discourse and ideas in German speaking countries and central Europe.

The workshops concluded with a presentation by Professor Alexandra Ludewig, from the University of Western Australia, who outlined the many advantages of studying in Germany. This provided an opportunity for students and their parents to gain a greater understanding of higher education pathways for students studying German.

Thank you to the Goethe-Institut, Sonja Pluess and Kaja Eling,  for the organisation of this event and for including Perth in the schedule. The Honorary Consulate and German Language Round Table are working hard to support and promote German language learning in WA and are committed to strengthen German language in WA schools and institutions so that more students can realise the many benefits of learning German.

Thank you to the scientists who have so generously given their time and effort to create the workshop content it was very much appreciated. In particular:
Melanie Bruckberger (PhD Student, CSIRO and University of Western Australia)
Dr Andrea Ducki and Dr Thea Linke (Murdoch University)
Dr Torsten Reiners (Curtin University)
Prof Alexandra Ludewig (The University of Western Australia)

Thank you to the students, teachers and parents for your interest and enthusiasm in German and Science.

Read the Goethe-Institut Report on the Science Workshops in German by clicking here

Science Workshops for Students in German presented by the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut Australia presents science workshops in German on Friday 24th November 2017 from 1.30PM – 4.15PM at the Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
(1133 Hay Street, West Perth)

Can we use Bacteria to clean up contaminated sites?
How can we identify a whale through DNA?
How can we use virtual reality in Health and Safety training?

Step into the scientist’s shoes and find out!

Click here to download the Workshop Program

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 

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


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 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!