Saturday, 27 September 2014

PGS: A German Perspective

by Miriam Hagebock and Lena Barz, from Anne Frank Gymnasium, who are currently spending four weeks visiting PGS as part of a cultural exchange between the two schools, explain some of the key differences between schooling in England and in Germany. 


Wenn wir auf unseren ersten Schultag an der Portsmouth Grammar School zurueck blicken, wurden wir mit vielen neuen Dingen konfrontriert.

In Schuluniform zur Schule zu gehen und Zeit in einer Tutor Gruppe zu verbringen sind Sachen die wir in Deutschland nicht haben, wo die Schule um 13.20 Uhr endet.

Auch die langen Schultage, die kurzen Stunden, Games am Nachmittag und Schulessen, sind Erfahrungen die wir hier gemacht haben.

Unser Schultag fing mit der Tutor Zeit an, was wir gut fanden, weil wir sowas vorher nicht hatten und wir Zeit mit Leuten verbringen konnten, die wir getroffen haben.

Letztendlich wuerden wir sagen, dass es eine tolle Erfahrung war, die uns die Moeglichkeit gegeben hat selbstbewusster zu werden und unser Englisch zu verbessern.

Wir hatten die Chance neue Leute zu treffen und neue Plaetze zu sehen, wofuer wir sehr dankbar sind. Zeit an so einer grossen Schule wie PGS zu verbringen wird uns in Erinnerung bleiben.

(see English translation, below the break)

If we look back to our first school day in Portsmouth Grammar School, we were confronted with a lot of new things.

Going to school in a school uniform and spending time in a tutor group are things we don't have in Germany, where school ends at 1.20 pm.

Also, the long school days, the short lessons, games in the afternoon and school lunches are experiences which we made at PGS.

Our school day started with tutor time every morning, which we really enjoyed because we never had tutor time before and it was nice to spend time with the people we met.

In the end, we would say that it was an amazing experience which gave us the opportunity to become more confident and to improve our English.

We had the chance to meet new people and to see new places, which we are very grateful for. Spending time at such a big school as PGS is a memory which will stay in our mind.





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