Unique in Australia – and possibly to any Oktoberfest worldwide – Brisbane offers the Oktoberfest for Teens as the largest German language schools event in all Australia. Organised by the German Teachers’ Branch, it makes German language and culture come alive for around 2,000 primary and secondary school students and teachers across Queensland. Learning resources, quizzes and competitions are also provided as part of the integrated learning journey for the weeks leading up to this schools’ German Festival.
This festival was an unforgettable educational day of great German fun, food, competitions, entertainment and, most importantly, language for QASMT students. Students immersed themselves in German culture and language by entering the competitions, such as pretzel eating, which QASMT won! Dancing and games are an integral part of Oktoberfest and students all gathered for the Fliegerlied (flying song).
The Oktoberfest for teens includes rides, such as the 360 degree spin which most QASMT students went on with their teacher Frau Schmid. A petting zoo was also offered to students to learn about animals in German and their German sounds such as Das Schwein queitscht (the pig squeals).
Sabrina Schmid, IB German and French Teacher