For the third time, the AVS theatre group travels to Würzburg to present one of its productions at the “Theater am Neuenerplatz”.
In March 2020 – very shortly before the lockdown – the ensemble showed there the crime comedy “No Friends? Keine Feinde!” by Barbara Peters (Director: Alina Göttsche, Felix Werner, Ute Timmermann / Music: Niklas Kremer). After the “Corona break”, the theatre group performed the tragedy “The Ship Esperanza” in March 2022 (directed by Ute Timmermann, music by Niklas Kremer). This year, the theatre team will present their latest production “Krabat” there on 11 June 2023 (Director: Damien Volland, Ute Timmermann / Music: Niklas Kremer). The play is based on the book for young people “Krabat” by Ottfried Preußler, which Nina Achminow has adapted for the stage.
Krabat (initially played by Mathilda Bauermeister, later by Rebekka Hegeler) is an orphan moving from village to village with a group of beggar boys when he suddenly hears ravens talking, who want to lure him to the mill at Koselbruch. Curious, Krabat follows the ravens. In the mill at Koselbruch he meets the master (portrayed by Jelena Harder), who hires him as an apprentice boy. Krabat gets to know other miller boys at the mill: Tonda (Aaron Setzke), Juro (Magnus Bauermeister), Lyschko ( Marlene Schauer), Petar (Esther Großklaus), Andrusch (Jannike Mohr), Staschko (Sontje Behm) and later also Lobosch (Diana Grishchenko) and Steephan (Nala Vollstedt).
Krabat soon notices that things are not going right at the mill. The mill dwellers can do magic! But what is even more serious: All the miller boys are put into mortal danger every year!
During his adventures, Krabat also meets the Gevatter (portrayed by Ela Sisman), two merchants (played by Nala Vollstedt and Sontje Behm) and a village girl whose name he doesn’t know. He calls her “the Cantorka” because she was the precentor at the Easter Vigil (played by Mara Groeschke).
What is going on at the mill at Koselbruch? And how can Krabat save himself and the other miller boys?
Why Würzburg? There are two reasons.
The one “good reason” is Niklas Kremer, who was a student at AVS for four years before moving to Würzburg in 2019. Niklas acted in “Der Löwe ist los” (The Lion is Loose), “Der Herr der Diebe” (The Lord of the Thieves) and “Die rote Zora” (The Red Zora) at the AVS before he wrote a play himself as an eighth-grader, which was performed under his direction by the AVS theatre group: “Der Schatz der Manganer” (The Treasure of the Mangans). Niklas invited his former theatre group to visit him in Würzburg and organised the group’s guest performances. In Würzburg, Bavaria, he makes sure that a school theatre group travelling from Schleswig-Holstein finds an audience there.
The other good reason for Würzburg as a guest venue is the “Theater am Neunerplatz”. The private theatre was founded in 1985 as a “children’s and youth theatre” and still offers a lot of cultural activities for this age group. The AVS theatre group can perform here on a professionally equipped stage with excellent lighting and sound technology, hangings, curtain, laced floor, orchestra pit etc. – without having to invest a lot of work in setting up. The theatre director Sven Höhnke is a warm good soul with a lot of understanding for the children and young people and makes the premises available not only for the performance but also in the days before for rehearsals, lighting and set-up. Without this generous and warm reception, such a guest performance for the AVS theatre group would hardly be possible.
This year, the theatre group is travelling to the city on the Main with a total of 21 people. More than half of them have already been on at least one of the other Würzburg trips. They agree: “Würzburg is a beautiful city and it is very exciting to do a performance there in front of people who are not pupils or parents of the AVS. It’s really something special!” and “The cohesion is really cool!”
The performance on 11 June 2023 in Würzburg will be the premiere for “Krabat”. After that, the group also wants to give performances in Itzehoe. But the Itzehoer performance dates are not fixed yet.
Author: Ute Timmermann
Ms Veit’s profile seminar has been working on the translation of our homepage throughout the last few weeks and the result is impressive: All relevant pages and the latest contributions are now also available in English. Thus, the digital AVS is well positioned for our Erasmus+ project.
As part of “Youth trains for the Olympics”, 26 students from the Auguste Viktoria School were allowed to take part in the national floorball finals under the supervision of Mr. Sieberns and Mr. Wulff. The tournaments in competition class II (born 2006 to 2009) and competition class III (born 2008-2011) took place on 08.05.2023 at the Horst Körber Sports Centre in Berlin. The day before, the athletes arrived by train and were able to spend a few more hours in the federal capital. After breakfast, we went to the venue, where hot games were supposed to await us. The teams play in mixed teams, so there are always two girls and two boys on the field.
In competition class III, we lost the first game in the group phase against the 68th Oberschule Leipzig 1: 4. This was followed by draws against the Hochdahl Gymnasium (1:1) and the Regensburger Domspatzen Gymnasium (2:2). This resulted in third place in Group C. We were a bit lacking in luck (referee decisions, missed penalties, etc.), because a single goal would have secured us a place in the top half of the classification games. In the knockout-system, we won against the Georg-von-Giesche-School (3:0) and the High School of the Regensburger Domspatzen (3:0). A defeat against the Dr.-Eberle-School Nossen (0:2) resulted in 10th place in the overall ranking.
The team in competition class II had an unfortunate start to the tournament, losing to the Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium (0:4) and Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium (0:2). Nevertheless, as a team without club players, we sold well against the sometimes strong teams. The effort was rewarded and we won 2:0 against the Ph.-Melanchthon-Gymnasium-Bautzen. This was followed by third place in this age group of the group rating. The placements were played out in another group mode. There we achieved three victories (2:0 vs. Ph.-Melanchthon-Gymnasium-Bautzen, 4:2 vs. Fontane-Gymnasium-Rangsdorf, 1:0 vs. Paula-Fürst-Gemeinschaftsschulel) and one defeat (1:2 vs. Puschkin Gymnasium Hennigsdorf). In the overall ranking, the 10th place has been reached.
Overall, we are very satisfied with our outcome in the top-ten. With a bit of luck, it would even have been possible to reach place a few places further up. We showed solid team performances against schools, some of which stood out with strong individual players. With many new experiences, we returned to Itzehoe from the national final in the evening.
Author: Reent-Erik Wulff
Our students played at the basketball tournament: After they won the district finals as supremely well as the regional finals, our team went to the national finals in Berlin.
As part of the Erasmus+ programme two AVS students visited our partner school in Tangen/Norway.
During their stay in Norway the exchange students were living with a Norwegian teacher. He himself grew up in Itzehoe.
The complete report (in Norwegian) is to be found here.
„De var bare SÅ søde!”
Visit of Danish students at AVS
After Mr. Frahm and Ms. Hoffmann visited Ørestad Gymnasium in Copenhagen in September 2022 accompanied by a group of 13 students from Q2e, eight Danish students plus a teacher of German visited AVS in late March.
On March 28th and 29th the Danish guests experienced everyday school life at a German high school, tried out their German language skills and got to know Itzehoe as well as the school. They were taken by the hand by ten AVS students. In addition to the time in class, the harmonious exchange group also used time slots in the afternoon and in the evening to exchange ideas and get to know each other. In addition to everyday topics such as German/Danish music, the group also touched on more political issues such as the Danish “Jantelov”.
Everyone involved experienced the visit as a great (personal/communicative/social) enrichment, and after the first get-together a Danish student raved about the AVS students being “SÅ søde”. While another group from Denmark will come and visit AVS at the end of April, the next trip of AVS students to Copenhagen is scheduled for September 2023.
Author: Benjamin Frahm
During the last week of March, 18 students from Galicia were visiting our AVS.
AVS recently had a visit from Tangen/Norway. The beginning of a promising relationship within the Erasmus program. https://tangen.vgs.no/aktuelt/na-har-vi-fast-folge-med-auguste-viktoria.53227.aspx
Traffic education with VR headsets at the AVS
In the week from March 20th to 24th, 2023, Ms. Strauzenberg and Ms. Hilse from the Fraunhofer Institute IVI Dresden were guests at the AVS to present the 6th year of the traffic prevention program “Safe with Grips”.(https://www.ivi.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/ivi/de/dokumente/flyer/FAPS_Maerz_2022-web.pdf).
With the help of VR headsets, our students were able to experience typical dangerous situations on their way to school and also take on the perspective of other road users!
We would like to thank Ms. Strauzenberg and Ms. Hilse for the implementation of the great program as well as our support association, which made the realization of this innovative prevention program for the students of the AVS possible with its financial support!
Attached is the link to the NDR reporting and the article from the Norddeutsche Rundschau!