by John Clarke Minutes of the Meeting to discuss the Re-introduction of Bilingual Education in the Barossa Valley, held at the Langmeil Centre, 7 Maria Street, Tanunda on Monday, August 9, starting at 6pm. Stefanie Traeger, President, Barossa German Language Association Inc., welcomed those present, acknowledged the traditional owners of the land, and read out… Continue reading Minutes of the Public Meeting: Re-introduction of Bilingual Education in the Barossa Valley
Barossa German Language Association Inc. Invitation Re-introduction of Bilingual Schooling in the Barossa Region Public Meeting, Monday 9th August at 6pm Langmeil Lutheran Church Centre, Maria Street, Tanunda. The Barossa German Language Association Inc. and its Community invites you to contribute to a Public Meeting, on Monday 9th August at 6.00 pm in the Langmeil… Continue reading Re-introduction of Bilingual Schooling in the Barossa Region – Public Meeting
We are happy to be able to run both Spielgruppe and Kinderklub from this week, commencing Tuesday 3rd August 2021 for Spielgruppe and Thursday 5th August for Kinderklub.
South Australia is currently under Level 5 restrictions and all of the BGLA activities are cancelled until further notice due to government Covid 19 restrictions. This includes: Barossa Laternenlauf 24 July Kaffee und Kuchen 26 July Spielgruppe KinderKlub We hope you stay safe and warm and we can continue our activities soon when the lockdown… Continue reading Cancelled BGLA activities
Bringing Light into a Dark World by John Clarke Many countries around the world have traditions associated with Winter, most often centring on fire and light. The ancient Persians and the Norsemen built bonfires; the English and Scots burned their Yule log. In Germany there is the lantern walk (Laternenlauf). Its history is uncertain, but… Continue reading Laternenfest 24th July
by John Clarke Decision and Vision John Geber first saw Château Tanunda while cycling in the Barossa Valley. The next day he bought it. John Geber was the guest speaker at the last meeting of the German speaking group Kaffee und Kuchen. He spoke of his background, his career, his move to the Barossa and… Continue reading Kaffee und Kuchen June with John Geber
by John Clarke There are many festivals and celebrations in Germany, but one that is particularly connected with children is the Laternenlauf (lantern walk). On 11 November (St Martin’s Day), in the depths of Winter, children gather to make lanterns, which they then light and carry, singing lantern songs, through the darkness: Laterne, Laterne, Sonne,… Continue reading An Old German Tradition in a New Setting
Before the South Australian government in 1917 closed 47 schools in the Barossa Valley, the common practice in those schools was to teach lessons in German in the morning and English in the afternoon. The decision to close the schools was not on educational grounds, but on political. The slaughter of young men in World… Continue reading Public Meeting in August: Is it Time for the Return of Bilingual Teaching?
KinderKlub Barossa – our German class for kids KinderKlub is a fun German class for primary school aged kids with an interest in the German language and culture, organised by the Barossa German Language Association (BGLA). It is the ideal environment for young Barossans to get in touch with their German heritage, for resident… Continue reading KinderKlub Barossa – our German class for kids
The winter 2021 edition Das Blatt is available now. Thank you Gerlinde and Sarah for putting together the German and English newsletter of the Barossa German Language Association.