Austauschprogramm Gymnasium Lienz - Cathedral College Wangaratta, Australien

 

Nach längeren Vorbereitungen flogen 6 Schülerinnen und Schüler des Gym Lienz (Nina Lukasser, Felix Hell, Fabian Resinger, Theresa Steidl, Florian Umschaden und Silvie Sorko)  gemeinsam aber ohne Begleitung durch Erwachsene Ende Juni 2017 nach Melbourne, wo sie von ihren australischen Gastfamilien in Empfang genommen wurden. Während ihres zehnwöchigen Aufenthalts lernten sie die australische Lebensart hautnah kennen und nahmen am Unterricht am Cathedral College in Wangaratta teil. Wangaratta ist eine Kleinstadt wie Lienz und liegt ca. 230 km nordöstlich von Melbourne. Vollauf begeistert und reich an neuen Eindrücken kehrten sie Ende August zurück. Dieses Austauschprogramm, das 2018 seine Fortsetzung finden wird,  verfolgt u.a. folgende Ziele: individuelle Sprachförderung, interkulturelles Lernen, Persönlichkeitsbildung und Selbständigkeit.
Von 5. November bis 13. Jänner findet der Gegenbesuch der australischen Schülerinnen und Schüler statt.  Suzannah Thomson, Angus Robson, Tom Newton, Ashley Friend, James McConnel und Fionnuala Johnson wohnen bei ihren Gastfamilien und besuchen als Gastschüler den Unterricht am Gymnasium. Es folgt ein Zwischenbericht unserer australischen Gäste.

Prof. Franz Redl (Projektkoordinator)

Over the past five weeks 6 students have been attending Gymnasium Lienz. We, the students, have been having a great time and have been involved in school and everyday life. All six of us are being hosted by different families for our time here and have all found ourselves enjoying the new experiences that come with it. So far we have experienced a great amount of culture, largely improved our German skills and have learnt about the differences in the school system.

 

We’ve all found the structure of the school days to be peculiar. In Australia schools work of a set school day length. Cathedral College, our school in Australia, has their school days run from 9am to 3.15pm. Many of us have found our finishing times difficult to remember but rewarding on the days with midday ends. The regular attendance of classes has also helped us to learn more about schooling in Austria. The subjects here are the same but the level of difficulty seems to vary depending on class. We have found the school layout to be a great contrast to our own however. Here all classrooms are connected together within one giant building while in Australia it is common for classrooms to be spread out and to have to walk outside to and from classrooms.

Through our participation in school and family life we have all experienced an improvement in our German speaking and listening skills. We have had more opportunities to learn about everyday language in use outside of our German classes back in Australia. We have all also been able to travel to cities in Austria such as Innsbruck and Vienna. The old buildings found in cities and towns we have thought to have been charming and different to the ever-growing and fairly young towns and cities of Australia.

We still have around 4 weeks stay in Austria and are all looking forward to experiencing what is hopefully a white Christmas and a great start to the New Year in Europe. We are sure that when we return home in mid-January it will be with many great stories including great people, places and experiences. We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make our stay so far so pleasant and memorable and look forward to the coming weeks.

 

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