The St John’s School German Department was delighted to host its first A level German study day on Wednesday 22 November, in the Old Chapel.

We were pleased to welcome pupils and staff from several other schools to the study day. Lecturers from the universities of Cambridge, King’s College, London, and the Royal Holloway delivered a series of highly informative talks on the topics studied.

Sixth Form pupils learnt in detail about key festivals and traditions from the German-speaking world, as well as key considerations regarding literary analysis. After the break, and having enjoyed some delicious Lebkuchen, delegates were given a detailed analysis of the iconic film ‘Das Leben der Anderen’, focusing on themes, technique, and social context. They were then treated to a scrumptious Austrian/German themed lunch with Schnitzel and Bratwurst plus Sauerkraut.

The afternoon saw two online lectures: one on Post-Reunification Germany, the other on life in the GDR, providing an opportunity for further exploration of these key themes. To finish the day, pupils enjoyed a fantastic talk on the topic of Migration in Germany, with plenty of questions being asked and further conversation being stimulated.

It was great to receive positive feedback about the study day, but above all I was thrilled to see Germanists engage passionately with academic study, extending their knowledge further and aiming high.

Nick Morgan, Head of German