Hello everybody!
We have the topic “Our School”. We divided our topic in five areas.
  
  Julia Kluge
· Everyday school life
  Lucia von Kannen
· History of our school
  Simone Graspointner
· Afternoon care
  Vanessa Gocke
· School festivals
   Laura Schnell
· Optional Subject

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Everyday School Life
by Julia Kluge

When we arrive at the main station in town early in the morning, the buses are already waiting for us and take us to the school. From the station to our school, we need only ten minutes. But afterwards, we have to climb our big steep hill to get to school. Sometimes it’s very exhausting, but you get used to it. In the winter, we often slip on the hill, because it’s so smooth. And in the summertime, it’s terribly hot. We can say, it’s our involuntary morning sport.

The first lesson starts at 8 a.m. with a morning prayer. One lesson takes 45 minutes. After the first two lessons, we have a break of 15 minutes. We are allowed to go outside, but we have to stay near the school.  We can also buy something to eat in the hall, like sandwiches, fruits and so on, or stay in the classroom. Afterwards we have four more lessons and no break. Maybe that sounds a bit strict and boring, but lessons can be also very funny. We have nice teachers and they do their work very well.
Between the different lessons, we have to change the classrooms. So of being there at the right time, we are often three minutes late. So we are in hurry, when we’re going to the next lesson.
If we have only six lessons, we can go home at 12:40 p.m.
But if we’ve the 7th and 8th lesson, we have a 40 minute lunch break. A lot of pupils go to the cafeteria and eat there. We can go to one of the three day rooms, where we can stay and do our homework or study.
When the break is over, the next two lessons are waiting for us. School ends at 2:40 p.m.
In our school, we have to choose a branch in the seventh form. We can choose between the branch of maths, French, social studies, business and home economics and domestic sciences.
Our form is divided in two branches: The branch of math and French. The whole class have biology, music, geography, German, history, English and sport together. The ones who chose French also have: math, physics, French, economy and IT (information technology) together. And the s.o. have: math, physics, chemistry and IT together.
And of course religion, which divides the class in catholic and Protestant.

Zeit für uns - Time for us

We’ve got so called ZFU-lessons, which means “Time For Us” (in German: Zeit Für Uns). Every other week we have time to talk about problems in the class, to support our class community or to organize an event for school. For example: On November 24, 2012 we are having a Christmas bazaar in our school for selling cookies, tea or flower arrangements and lots of other homemade things. So we have to organize this event. What are we going to do? Baking a cake, making things with one’s hands or doing something else? We are looking after little children this time and we might get some money from parents. Back to the “Time For Us” lessons. The pupils sit in a circle and two girls, who lead this lesson, stand in the middle. The teacher is only looking after the class.
Sometimes we don’t have anything to talk about, so we are allowed to play games, to support our class community and have fun together. It’s also a balancing to the other lessons, like maths and French.
We usually have to do everything quiet, but that’s very difficult amongst girls. –You know!

The History of our School
by Lucia von Kannen

In 1894, a girls boarding school was built on a small mountain, the “Sparzer” mountain. It started with nine pupils. But the number increased.
1907 the building was enlarged and were added a gym and a chapel.
On 3 June 1913 the school was recognised as a high school for girls. But there was a war and it was a very difficult time for Sparz.
1923, new rules were introduced, with six school years and only one foreign language.
1932, a second language, and a Latin course were introduced.
On 16 July 1941 Sparz was closed because of another war.
On 22 December 1945, the reopening of the school was approved.
1946/47 there were 127 pupils. More and more pupils came to Sparz.
1959/60, there were already 306 pupils.
1964/65 the school was called “Secondary school for girls of the Institute of the English Mademoiselles Sparz".
On 1 April 1966 the school was enlarged.
In 1993 the school was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.
1994/95 the boarding school was closed and more classrooms were built instead.
1997-1998 new art rooms and computer rooms were built.
2006, each classroom was equipped with a laptop and sometimes even with a Beamer.
2007 Biology, Chemistry and Physics rooms were furnished.
In 2008, the main entrance was rebuilt and allentrances were video monitored.
Since 2009/10 there is also a lift, of course we aren’t allowed to use it. Only the teachers are allowed to use it or pupils who can’t walk because of an injury, the other use the stairs. That is exhausting.
27th January 2011, the last nuns were adopted.
         The school now                                Our school many years ago
        The festivalroom                                    The old festivalroom
           Our classroom                                   An old classroom
Farwell of the nuns

After 154 years, the last nuns of the Congregatio Jesu left unfortunately our school.(The Congregatio Jesu is a religious community of women following the example of the Jesuits. Today there are about 2 000 nuns in over 20 countries.) On 27/01/11 the seven sisters Sr. M. Werburga, Sr. M. Alba, Sr. Assumpta, Sr. M. Berne Hilde, Sister M. Christiana, Sr. M. Hedwig and Sr. M. Magna were in a celebratory ceremony act adopted. They had to take their retirement and move to other monasteries like Eichstätt, Munich, Nymphenburg,  Simbach and Reichenhall.

On the 27 August 1956, the matron nun Sr. M. Werburga came to Sparz.She said: "I stood at 15.30 p.m. with anxious expectations before the venerable house." She worked as a teacher of shorthand and business economics. She supported the school very much. And she was a great help until her farewell.

They lived in the monastery which stands next to the school building. The monastery has been renovated and turned into rooms for afternoon care,music, art and handicrafts.(About the afternoon care you will get more information by Simone Graspointner) The nuns also looked after the little chapel by Sparz. It is closed at the moment.
             The monastery                                      The chapel
                                                                              Our School
The afternoon care
by Simone Graspointner

I'm in the afternoon care and I'm going to tell you something about it.
In the afternoon care are 35 pupils. After school, it’s time for lunch. In the
cafeteria we have our own room and we eat our lunch together. The
afternoon care is in the former monastery. We are in different rooms,
according to our class levels. They are all nicely renovated and we
enjoy being there. In the afternoon care we can do our homework
and study the subjects for the next day. I like the afternoon care because
I have a lot of friends there. In summer we go outside and play football,
volleyball and have a lot of fun. When we finish our homework we are
allowed to read a book or play some games. The teachers have a look
after us. I go home at 4 o’clock. The afternoon care is from Monday to
Thursday. On Friday I’m allowed to go home after school. The afternoon care
is voluntary. It costs 880 pounds a year.  In theafternoon care we have our
own computer room and 5 study rooms.  
Optional Subjects
by Laura Schnell

This is a small overview about our optional subjects:
  • choir
  • theather
  • tennis
  • schoolhousedecoration
  • schoolhouse embellishment
  • football
  • athletics
  • volleyball
  • first aid

remedial lesson:

  • LRS
  • maths
  • german
  • PET
  • italian
Music in our School

In our school pupils have the opportunity to sing in a choir. It is open for all classes. Choir is every Wednesday at 13:20
o'clock. They sing churchsongs and christmassongs at the moment. Managresse of the choir is Mrs. Zahnbrecher. At the end of the year they perform a musical. And Mrs. Zahnbrecher practices the songs with them. We have also a class where pupils learn how to play windinstruments. They start in 5th grade. If a pupil doesn't have her own instrument the can rent one from school. Throughout the school year they have several little concerts where they also invite the parents. The leader of the class is Mr. Schmidhuber. Mrs. Zahnbrecher and Mr. Schmidhuber are our Musicteacher at the school. We have also the chance to join our schoolband. Some of the sudents play theit instruments like the guitars, drums and flutes. But some sing songs. I think we have a good chance to make music. In our school music is very important.

Theatre

in our school we have got optional subjects below choir, theatre and tennis. And i want to tell you a littel bit about the theatre group. All classes can go to the theatre groupe. We have a small and a big kind of group. The small one is from 5-7 class and the big one from 7-10 class. Last year performed in the small one an act called "Lippel's Traum"(Lippel's dream) by Paul Maar. We came to play every Tuesday in the festival room. Now i tell you a littel bit about the act: Lippel is a young boy who is called normally Phillip. He has a dad who had to go to a congress for a week. So came a strictly lady to look after him. She give him a book. And Lippel has an adventure in his dream. At the end of the year we perform the act in front of on audience. Manageress of the theatre was Mrs. Jander but she retired last year. This year manageress is Mrs. Richter.
School Festivals
by Vanessa Gocke

Advent Bazaar

The Advent bazaar is on a Saturday and it is presence duty. This year my class look after the little children. We are in five groups, how be in different times. At one o'clock the Advent bazaar begin and finished at four o'clock. Everybody take things to decorate the room and someone take biscuits, Haribos and something to drink. We have different stations for the kids where thy can play games and can pointing. Other classes do handicrafts for example Advent garland and Christmastree jewellery. Other have took biscuits. In the Arcaden there are popcorn, Hot Dogs, salad and cakes. In the gym they sell coffee and cakes too. Pupils decorat the schoolhouse many days before, and the choir rehursel many weeks before. Pupils from the theatre group disguise as angel and stand in front of the entrance and gave plans  about the Advent bazaar to the visitors. The Sparzer Advent bazaar is also a meeting place for former Schoolgirls, who met their old friends. Every year many visitors came to our Advent bazaar. Last year, we got over 14 000,00 € and this year we got 18 000,00 €

Cultural Exchange with Egypt

On the 12th October had our school a visit from 50 schoolgirlsfrom the German School DSB in Kairo. They spent one week with theri six teachers in a hostel in Marquartstein a little villag near Traunstein. We divided the 50 girls into five groups, so that all 6. Classes from Sparz had the opportunity of an exchange intercultural. Our girls were very hospitable and offered homemade cakes, biscuits and something to drink and received the visit. After school was every girl riveted to German family. They spent the afternoon together, shooed them their villages, went for little walks in the area or took a close look at some farmhouses and got a little visited into Bavarian farming. On the Thursday it was the return visit. An oriental dance was performed and the "Song of the Revolution" was sung. Then there was the hostel rally in the garden and then everybody met again to eat cake and drink something. It's always hard to leave our new friends after such a listens time together. We can all learn a lot from each other.
Stefan Dettel and his Band

The Musicain Stefan Dettel  came to our school for a good purpose. The whole band was playing in the morning 18th October 2011 in the gym in front of the 5. until 10. classes. We realized how uncomplicated Dettel and his band  were, as they took one of our schoolgirls to play on the drums. Mr. Schmidhuber our music teacher , who plays in a band himself, joined them with his trumpet in a song too, It was a nice change from our everyday morning schedule.
 


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    We are the students of 8A at the Maria-Ward-Schule in Traunstein, Germany and of 2AB at Loreto College Crumlin in Dublin, Ireland.

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