Travelling to Germany for the exchange programme meant meeting our new German friends,having lots of fun with them, communicating more in German and getting to learn about the German culture. 13 of us along with our German teachers, Mrs. A. Chatterjee and Mrs. B. Ghosh  reached Duesseldorf airport on the 3rd May 2018. Our partners ,their families and the teachers welcomed us with flowers , balloons and lots of love. We drove with our host family to Gelsenkirchen and spent the rest of the day with them.

These fourteen days were one of the best days of our lives. We went to school with them, played  german sports and also created our own games based on the German and Indian sports as a part of our project, ‘Der Rhythmus des Lebens’ (The Rhythm of Life). We also had a lot of fun with our partners and their friends .We went for shopping , ate german food like Currywurst and went for bowling too.  We also had two days of Hiphop cum Bollywood dance workshop. Along with all the fun we worked continued to work on our games . We created rules and details such as precautions , materials  and mistakes to be avoided. We  also made a day trip to Köln to visit the Deutsch Olympia Sport Museum. We also visited the Koelner Dom .We went up the tower of the Dom (1,576 meters high).

To facilitate research for our project we got the opportunity to visit the  'Schalke Arena' (football stadium).

Finally before leaving on the 16th of May ,we had a ' Abscheidsparty' where we bid farewell to our partners ,their  families and teachers.

It was a wonderful experience in Germany . Our partners had become our best friends not only for those fourteen days but for the rest of our lives . 

Rwiti Chakraborty

Ms. Anita Mitra and Ms. Laura Diekmann from Goethe Institute Kolkata conducted an Inter-cultural workshop for our Indo-German exchange programme group. The workshop was very informative for the students and enhanced their inter cultural understanding. The students will be travelling to Germany to visit their partner schools (Gesamtschule Ückendorf, Gelsenkirchen and Ricarda Huch Gymnasium , Gelsenkirchen)  in May 2018. 

Along with language, culture of a country, plays a pivotal role in any exchange programme. Our Indo-German exchange programme students and teachers  participated in an intercultural seminar 'Fit for Germany' on 8th April 2018 at Max Mueller Bhavan conducted by Mrs. Vaishali Karmakar,Project Head - South Asia, Intercultural Management, Goethe Institute Mumbai.

It was designed to address the important issues in intercultural communication. It dealt with the general Do's and Dont's, a brief overview of the history, patterns of communication among many other things. The workshop was an enriching experience for all the students and teachers.

19 to 21 January was a fun-filled weekend as we had the privilege of attending the second International Youth Congress, held in Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata. It was on Sustainable Development. Each of us attended unique workshops, which were on food, personality development, awareness about the UN goals and much more. They each dealt with issues regarding environmental sustainability. Many different organisations and society workers made us aware of the problems faced by the world, and how to solve those problems. On the last day of the workshop, our parents were invited to the event, where we showcased what we learnt at the workshops. This event was truly an eye opener which made us, the next generation, aware about nature and the ways to conserve it by 2030. We want to thank our school and Goethe Institut for giving us the opportunity to take part in the Youth Congress.

Umdenken, the exhibition at Max Mueller Bhavan. The class 7 and 8 German learners visited the exhibition

The teachers and students from our German partner schools (Gesamtschule Ückendorf, Gelsenkirchen and Ricarda Huch Gymnasium, Gelsenkirchen) arrived on 15th November 2017 and will be in Kolkata till the 27th of November.

The exchange group students cooked the recipes in the school lab. The recipes were created by them and feature in the food calendar. 

The exchange programme teachers and students from Germany along with their counterparts from MHS interacted with the German language learners of class 8. They shared their experience in India as well as in Germany during the exchange programme. 

Ms Laura from Germany was invited by Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata to conduct a workshop on Food trails for our exchange programme. The students visited the local market as well as the supermarket to enquire about the food trails. They also designed food trail posters with their partners. 

10 students and 4 teachers from Germany along with the exchange programme counterparts went on an excursion to Sunderbans on 17th and 18th November for their project 'Think global live local.' They interviewed the local villagers to find out about their livelihood and how they nutritionally sustain themselves. Apart from the project work, they not only experienced the cultural dance programme put by the locals, but also the wildlife. 

he music band „Raggabund”, a Munich Dancehall-Reggae music group is performing live in Kolkata, at Vidya Mandir today. 

In order to make this more exciting for the students, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata organized a Video-clip making competition for the young learners in the partner schools. Students in a group of two had to create a video-clip for one of the songs of the German reggae band ‘Raggabund’. 

Ishani Basak and Mayukhi Ghosh of class 9 from MHS won the competition. 

Our young german learners as well as the teachers were overwhelmed to be a part of the live concert. 

Franziska Speiser,  our intern from Germany,  has been taking German classes in the school, as well as been conducting weekly presentations followed by quiz for classes III, IV and V. Her sessions were not only fun but also very enriching and informative.

Our Deutschind members celebrated the opening of 'Oktober Fest' which was witnessed in Germany on 16th September this year. They watched videos of the ceremony and tried to imitate their folk dance, also known as the 'Schuhplattler Tanz. ' They also choreographed their own version of the Schuhplattler dance.