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Learning About German Culture

Senior School

23 February 2024

Just before half term, visiting schools to Warwick University enjoyed a creative day learning about the traditions of the Cologne "Karneval". Fancy dress is a big part of Karneval and the pupils were asked to dress up as German compound nouns which they did to great effect! 

"Kabelsalat", "Königreich", "Nilpferd","Tierarzt","Glühbirne","Squashspieler" and “Meerschweinchen” were just some of the imaginative costumes to be seen. Pupils learnt some of the many traditions related to Karneval and also explored the importance of the political satire aspect of the floats. Everyone did an amazing job creating their own Karneval float to a theme, with pupils choosing themes around equality and diversity, the environment and the cost of living crisis. They then presented them to the German student ambassadors and paraded wearing their decorated "trucks" in true Karneval style, whilst being pelted with “Kamelle” (sweets) by the on-lookers. 

Well done to Edgbaston High School pupils and those pupils from Etone College, Tudor Grange Academy, North Leamington School and King's High Warwick for being amazing and creative linguists!  And well done to the five brave EHS Year 8s who worked really hard and came 2nd in the float design competition!

Mrs Cardellino


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