This year, after hearing about it and wanting to go for the past five years, I finally made it to Australia’s biggest school language event – Oktoberfest for Teens.
And it was awesome.
Despite the slightly damp day, students and their teachers flocked from all over the south-east corner of Queensland to come together for a day of celebrating German language, food and culture. Approximately 2000 students attended this year and I spotted uniforms of schools from as far as Bundaberg who had travelled the four hours to Brisbane for the event.
Most of the day my students were outside checking out the rides, the petting zoo, face painting and all of the food. I know a few snapped photos with the photo wall and others went and spun Goethe’s wheel of knowledge answer questions and win prizes. Others hung out inside the tent with entertainment provided by the band direct from Munich Münchner Buam, the Alpenrosen Dance Group and the games lead by Frau Hay.
I would love to be able to post photos of students
screaming on enjoying the rides, sampling their Lebkuchenherzen, wearing ridiculous roast chicken hats and dancing to the Fliegerlied – it was written all over their faces that they were having an amazing time.
One of my personal highlights was running into a student who I had taught in Tin Can Bay when she was in year five/six/seven and who has obviously chosen to continue her study of German into year ten this year. I’m very proud of her.
I am so appreciative of Paula Hay of the German Teachers’ Branch and her crew for putting on such an amazing day for students of German. Thank you Paula for everything you do.
I’m excited for next year already!