Language Competition

This is the Society’s biggest school project involving secondary school students from the Wellington region. The students compete in Prepared Reading and Conversation categories and are judged by both a German teacher and a native speaker of German. Each participant is graded Excellence or Merit according to their achievement and receives a certificate. The students with the highest marks in each year will also receive book prizes. Certificates and prizes are presented during a prize giving ceremony with students, teachers, parents and representatives of the German, Austrian and Swiss Embassies as well as the Goethe-Institut present.

Goethe Orals 2018

The annual German Language Oral Competition was  held on Saturday 25 August 2018. We had 83 students from 7 different schools and there was a great atmosphere of collegiality amidst the nerves. A fine morning tea was provided by the Goethe Society and it was enjoyed by both students and parents alike.

The prize giving was held on Wednesday, 19 September and was also an enjoyable family occasion.  The German Ambassador, H.E Gerhard Thiedemann , and the Swiss Ambassador, H.E. David Vogelsanger both talked to the students  about their lives and studies and were very entertaining. They also, along with Catrin Dannenberg from the Goethe Institut, gave out prizes, which were donated by the embassies, to participants. There were some lovely things in the present bags and some especially fine books.

We encourage members to come to these prize givings (held at Victoria University of Wellington) and meet the teachers of German from a variety of secondary schools and secondary school students learning German. The Goethe Society is very grateful to all those who helped make these two occasions so successful. More photos of the prizegiving can be found on our Facebook page.

Goethe Orals 2017

84 students from 7 secondary schools participated in this year’s German Oral Competition across 5 levels, including separate categories for native speakers, on 12 August. A very successful prize giving event was held on 6 September, at His Excellency Herr Gerhard Thiedemann, Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany to New Zealand spoke about his first year in New Zealand and the importance of languages.

2017 Dr Jacoby Prize winners, Samantha Romijn and Renee Patete, both from Wellington Girls’ College, read the excerpts they had read from in the competition. Then Simon McSweeny-Harte and Josieh Greig gave presentations about their experiences as exchange students on the New Zealand/German Student Exchange in December 2016/January 2017. For photos of the event, please see the album on the Goethe Society’s Facebook page.

Goethe Orals 2016

Took place on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at Victoria University, with the Prize-Giving held on Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

70 students from 7 secondary schools participated in this year’s German Oral Competition across 5 levels, including separate categories for native speakers. A very successful prize giving event was held last Wednesday, at which we were honoured to welcome Herr Gerhard Thiedemann as the new Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany to New Zealand, and his wife, Dr Marlies Thiedemann.

2016 Dr Jacoby Prize winners, Piyali Sharma and Anna Featherstone-Wright, from Samuel Marsden Collegiate and Wellington Girls’ College respectively, read the excerpts they had read from in the competition. Then Inka Vogt and Alex Sinclair gave presentations about their experiences as exchange students on the New Zealand/German Student Exchange in December 2015/January 2016.

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Goethe Orals 2015

Took place on Saturday, 8 August 2015 at Victoria University, with the Prize-Giving held on Wednesday, 2 September 2015.

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