- The southside German playgroup (for 0-5 year olds, held in various spots around Canberra)
- The Spiel und Spass German playgroup (for 0-5 year olds, held in Turner)
- The Pfadfinder scout group (we currently cater for 6-17 year olds)
- The ‘advanced’ German children’s classes on Monday afternoons through the ACT German Language School.
Over the summer holidays, Paul from JimFin Gas Fitting & Plumbing was very busy installing all sorts of treats for us.
We are now enjoying a new junior toilet in the girls washroom, and double children’s sinks in both washrooms.
Paul visited us today to put on the finishing touches we requested, by installing another two sets of his most heavenly child-friendly quarter-turn taps.
Being the friendly guy that he is, he also fixed a leaking tap, gave us a lesson on washers, checked we had safe water temperatures for children, and replaced the covers for our water meter and mains tap which were broken and hazardous.
This all helps us look after our water consumption, and be the clean green community organisation we strive to be.
Pfadfinder had the pleasure of welcoming 21 German exchange students to Canberra on Monday. They are here on exchange for a week with Canberra Girls Grammar school, before moving on to a school in NSW.
Pfadfinder held up our Welcome to Australia banner outside the scout hall when the students’ bus arrived. Inside the hall, the students could refresh themselves and store their luggage, while they waited for their host families to pick them up.
Our Pfadfinder welcomed the students and talked to them (in English und auf Deutsch, natuerlich) about what it is like to live in Canberra, and heard about what the students planned to do while in Australia and a little about their lives back in Germany.
Of course, we served a few traditional Australian treats: Tim Tams, Arnott’s Tiny Teddies and iced Vovos, lamingtons, mango and apple juice, Milo, and slices of watermelon.
Some students had a go flying our drone, which was fun.
It was a pleasure to meet the students and their teachers, and we hope they enjoy being German in Canberra as much as we do!
As part of Spielwelt’s community giving program, the Monday / Tuesday GAP class are collecting donations and crafting toys for Canberra Pet Rescue.
On Tuesday, we had a totally engaging visit from three Canberra Pet Rescue volunteers who talked with us about caring for kittens and shared some interesting facts about kittens.
Best of all, they brought along four sweet and charming kittens, who entertained us all enormously with their antics, playing with the pompoms we had been busy making for them.
The children were thrilled to be able to play with the curious kittens. Thanks to the volunteers from Canberra Pet Rescue for bringing them in and educating us!
Pfadfinder have been busy creating designer cookies to help bring a smile to the face of people living on the streets in Canberra. The Joeys and Scouts have thoroughly enjoyed decorating the Plaetzchen, ready to be taken to Vinnies for distribution. It’s just one more way that our Pfadfinder enjoy contributing to the wider community.
The children and teachers were delighted to host guest speaker Anke Maria – a local German biologist from ACT Frogwatch – today. We got to meet and hear from many of her froggy friends, and learn about their habits and environmental needs. There were lots of hands-on activities, games, puzzles and puppets to have fun with; and plenty of opportunities for the children to ask all their inquisitive questions.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to bake all those amazing goodies for our bake sale on the weekend. Our fundraising team and committee were delighted with the results…. as were the people who got to eat all those nice treats!
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German Embassy helps us celebrate!
The German Australian Playschool is delighted to be the recipient of a kind and generous gift of a beautiful sand and water play activity table from the German Embassy in Canberra. The GAP turned 10 in December 2016, and it was lovely to receive such a great gift that will be used for years to come!
Spielwelt won in the best Community Organisation category of the ACT Multicultural Awards for 2016. The awards were announced in December 2016. We are very pleased to be the recipient of such a great award in the ACT… it just goes to show what a great community organisation you all belong to and help to create!
The photo above and an article appeared in the City News here.