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Best weather in Copenhagen (26/09/2023 – 29/09/2023) – The English Porofile (Q2a) reports

Mrs. Veit’s English Profile (Q1a) visited the Ørestad Gymnasium in Copenhagen at the same time as Mr. Frahm’s PE Profile (Q1). The school was big and had a cool architecture which didn’t have much function according to our fellow Danish students. It was modern, bright, open and because of the only big staircase in the middle of the building very centralised and extravagant. The rooftop terrace is a highlight from up there you had a great view.
Our project was an exchange with the Danish students concerning topics like public transport, the education system, the standard of living and our social contacts and activities.
– Back in Germany, we had already made some key points for each topic we wanted to discuss with the Danish students who we knew from their visit to. On Wednesday, we talked to them there to get their point of view and lastly put everything into a presentation that we later held in front of the other groups. –
Then on Thursday we had the task from their religious education teacher to make a presentation as a class about Christianity in Germany and how it is dealt with Catholics and Protestants in Germany which we later presented to the Danish students.
Copenhagen is a cool city with lots of bikes and interesting shops, but they as well as the food can be expensive. There’s great food everywhere, and the city is very clean with friendly people. You can explore the city centre on great boat tours on the rivers and canals and enjoy activities like museums and cinemas. We also took part in a boat tour and watched a film in the nostalgic “Palads” cinema.
The stay in the hostel “Next House Copenhagen“ was surprisingly good – it’s a party place with clean rooms, delicious food, and a modern vibe. The hostel has fun activities, but some might cost extra. The place is decked out with cool decorations, and there’s even a rooftop bar with music.
Talking about birthdays, two girls from our course turned 18 on the trip. Emma’s day wasn’t so great because of a long school day and too many activities. Plus, some friends and family were missing. On the other hand, Bjerle had a better time with more free time, shopping, and nice gifts, even though there was still a long school day.
So, Copenhagen seems like a city full of excitement, and the hostel has added an extra layer of fun to your stay. And, well, birthdays can be hit or miss depending on how the day plays out.
We started our trip to Copenhagen at the Itzehoe train station at 2:30 pm. Our train to Hamburg left at 2:54 pm and we arrived at Hamburg central station at around 4pm. Our class had an hour before our train to Copenhagen left. During that time we were able to get some food for the ride. The train left Hamburg central station in the late afternoon and arrived in Copenhagen at around 9:45 pm. After we had gathered everyone, we left Copenhagen central station to go to our hostel. Fortunately we were still able to eat something for dinner and quickly went up to our rooms after that to get some well needed rest.
The day came to an end. On our day of departure we had enough time to get everything ready. Mr. Frahm kindly offered us to get something for each of us at the local supermarket for our ride back with the money we had left over from our Erasmus+ budget. – After that we went to Copenhagen central station, where we took one last photo of us all together. Our train to Fredericia left at 12:56 pm and arrived there at 2:38 pm. We didn’t have much time to change trains in between to get to Rendsburg. In Rendsburg we boarded our next train to Elmshorn where we finally took the last train back to Itzehoe. We finally arrived at 7:30pm.

written as a co-working project by: Aylin Asadova, Johanna Brackhagen, Emma Gehle, Finja Geib, Janna Glenz, Bjerle Koske, Leni Kunzmann, Luisa Lucht, Leon Miggitsch, Julius Wendt, Anna Zietz

Würzburg trip 2023

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

The homepage in English

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.

Source: Norddeutsche Rundschau, 22/05/23

Floorball Players of the AVS at the National Finals in Berlin

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

The AVS at the national finals in Berlin

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.

Source: Norddeutsche Rundschau, 16/05/23

Henris Bericht aus Norwegen

Hallo, ich bin Henri Stammer und ich hatte die Möglichkeit, an dem Erasmus Plus Programm teilzunehmen. In diesem Travel Journey möchte ich mit euch meine Erlebnisse und Eindrücke teilen, damit ihr euch ein Bild dieser tollen Stadt machen könnt und inspiriert werdet, irgendwann mal selbst dorthin zu reisen.

Ziel meiner Reise war Kristiansand, Norwegens fünftgrößte Stadt. Die Auguste Viktoria Schule ist nämlich neuerdings Partnerschule der Tangen videregående skole in Kristiansand.

Während meines Aufenthalts habe ich bei Sebastian und seiner Familie auf der Insel Flekkerøya gelebt. Sebastian ist in Deutschland geboren, hat auf der AVS sein Abitur gemacht und ist vor ein paar Jahren nach Norwegen ausgewandert. Er unterrichtet Wi/Po und Deutsch. Die Familie hat mir nicht nur Unterkunft und Verpflegung zur Verfügung gestellt, sondern auch wertvolle Einblicke in die norwegische Kultur und Lebensweise gegeben. Sie waren sehr gastfreundlich und haben mich herzlich in ihrem Zuhause aufgenommen.

Als ich dann am Mittwoch in Norwegen ankam, fuhren Sebastian und ich erstmal zur Schule, um einen kleinen Rundgang zu machen und ich habe ein Interview mit dem Online-Redakteur Ludvig geführt. Am zweiten Tag meines Aufenthalts habe ich eine Englisch-Klasse besucht und die Gelegenheit genutzt, um mich mit einigen der Schülerinnen und Schüler zu unterhalten. Ich war beeindruckt von dem hohen Sprachniveau. Alle konnten fließend und selbstbewusst auf Englisch sprechen. Es war interessant zu sehen, wie der Unterricht in Norwegen gestaltet wird und wie sich das Schulsystem von dem in Deutschland unterscheidet.

Das norwegische Schulsystem ist in drei Stufen aufgeteilt. Im Gegensatz zu Deutschland geht die Grundschulzeit in Norwegen von der ersten bis zur siebten Klasse. Die Grundschule heißt dort „Barneskole“. Danach geht es auf die Jugendschule (Ungdomsskole) von Klasse acht bis zehn. Die letzten drei Jahre verbringt man auf der weiterführenden Schule (Videregående skole). Die Sekundarstufe II hat folgende Hauptrichtungen: Es ist möglich, die Hochschulreife zu erwerben und betriebliche Berufsausbildung abzuschließen, wobei beide Richtungen miteinander kombiniert werden können.

Das Kanonmuseum in Kristiansand war ebenfalls super informativ. Das Museum zeigt eine deutsche Küstenbatterie aus der Zeit von 1940-45 und ist die zweitgrößten Kanone der Welt (337 Tonnen). Besonders interessant fand ich die gemeinsame Geschichte von Kristiansand und Glückstadt, die auf ihren Gründer, König Christian IV., zurückgeht.

Während meines Aufenthalts habe ich auch am Geschichtsunterricht teilgenommen. Der Unterricht war sehr interaktiv und die Schülerinnen und Schüler wurden aktiv in die Diskussion einbezogen. Die Tangen Schule ist ja auch zugleich eine Berufsschule, wo man unter anderem Koch lernen kann. Ich durfte einer Kochklasse dabei zusehen, wie sie mit Algen gekocht haben. Norwegen ist bekannt für seine Küche aus dem Meer und es war beeindruckend zu sehen, wie Algen in der Küche verwendet werden können.

In total, I attended three different German classes. In each class I introduced myself and told a little about myself before I introduced Itzehoe and our school.
I told the students that Itzehoe is a small town in northern Germany and that I go to school there. I also talked about what life in Germany is like in general, in terms of culture, history and traditional cuisine. The students were very interested and asked me many questions about Germany and my life there.
Afterwards, we asked each other questions to practice the conversation in German. The students asked me about my hobbies, my favourite dishes and my opinion of Norway. I also asked them about their hobbies, their school and their favorite activities in Kristiansand. The students were very enthusiastic and committed and were able to improve their German skills and make new friends.

One of my favorite experiences was a trip with a biology class. The students had the task of catching and analysing different species of marine animals in order to learn more about the local marine fauna and flora.
I think it was really exciting to go fishing with the students and see different species of fish and other marine inhabitants. After we finished, we analyzed the animals and learned a lot about their characteristics and their way of life.

I also noticed some cultural differences with Germany.
One of the most striking differences for me was the openness and friendliness of the Norwegians. I was welcomed by many people, whether at school or on the street, nicely and quickly felt welcome. For me, this was a pleasant change from the more reserved kind I have experienced sometimes in Germany.
Another difference that I noticed is the importance of nature and outdoor life for Norwegians. Many people in Norway spend a lot of time in nature, be it hiking, skiing or just taking a walk.

As a participant in the Erasmus Plus programme, I had a unique opportunity to explore a new country, experience a different culture and make new friends. A great advantage for me was that I could improve my English at the same time. My tip for future students who want to go abroad is to prepare for the fact that it may be challenging at first, but it is definitely worth it. A positive attitude and openness to new experiences are particularly important. Learning a few basic words and phrases of the local language in advance in order to be able to communicate better is also helpful and I recommend.

To sum up, I had a great stay in Norway and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this exchange program. I will always remember this experience and hope to come back sometime in the future to see even more of Norway.

Henri on Instagram of the Norwegian school:

On the website of the school in Tangen you will find Henris report in Norwegian:

AVS students in Norway

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.


Visit of Danish students at AVS

„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

Visit from Galicia

During the last week of March, 18 students from Galicia were visiting our AVS.

Source: Norddeutsche Rundschau, 31/03/23