Friday, 23 October 2015

Students of the Month for October

Student of the Month:

Congratulations to the following students who are doing well in French:

Bianca Nazareno 11K – For dedication to French and for using every opportunity to practise the language.

Isobel Chessun 9X – Great contributions and classwork in French.

Katherine Woodley 10G – Constantly working well and acting upon advice.

Grace Cubin 9Y – For her constant cheeriness and enthusiasm for languages.

Congratulations to the following students who are doing well in German:

Caitlin Holt 8Q – For exceptional levels of effort.

Catherine Cook 8K  - Constant effort and always showing enthusiasm.

Liam Tate 9R –For hard work and willingness to participate.

Zak Raja 11H – For improved effort and attitude in German. An excellent start to Year 11.

Congratulations to the following students who are doing well in Spanish:

Michael Brindley 10G For his fantastic score in the Listening paper.

Kiran Sahota 9R - For her brilliant work in the Spanish translation task.

Alice Ryan 10X – For her fantastic verb test result.

Congratulations to the following student who is doing well in Chinese:

Georgia Bullamore 8R – For excellent achievement.

Monday, 19 October 2015

FSM : Les 3 Mousquetaires - Je t'aime c'est tout

Aujourd'hui, je poste une chanson d'une nouvelle comédie musicale: Les trois mousquetaires.

Bonnes vacances à tous!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

FSM TAL - Le Sens de la Vie


Cette chanson a 3 ans, mais j'ai pensé que ça pourrait vous plaire... alors la voici!
Qu'est-ce que vous en pensez?

See you next week!


Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Swabian Town - by Alana in Esslingen

Sunday was spent travelling to Esslingen, a town where a small castle nestled on a hill overlooking the sprawling vineyards and timber-beamed houses.

My exchange partner, her family and I started off by exploring the castle walls from where we could see the whole of Esslingen and the surrounding hills. We descended the 400 or so steps to the town below and criss-crossed through alleyways until we arrived at the town plaza. Entering the church, which was the focal point of the plaza, we admired the ornate carvings inside before ambling through the rest of the town.

The old town itself was very cute, with willow trees and oddly-shaped houses hanging over the sparkling brooks below. Overall this typical German town with its medieval houses and fantastical trees was a walk back to the past, and very enjoyable!

Esslingen am Neckar

German Cuisine - by Leonie in Wendlingen

In Germany the food and the way they eat it is very different. In my exchange partner's house, for breakfast I have a selection of food to choose from. It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet! I can choose from a selection of Brötchen, pretzels, yoghurt, cereal or pain au chocolat.

Breakfast in Germany

 For lunch, they usually like to eat a hot meal. When I had lunch with my host family on Sunday, I could choose from either rice or pasta to eat with chicken and vegetables. They also make their own 'Spätzle' at home, which are a bit like noodles.

Schwäbische Linsenteller - lentils, sausages and 'Spätzle'

 For dinner, they don't usually eat as much. Yesterday after going bowling, I ate several little parcel-like sausages wrapped in pasta (a regional specialty called Maultaschen). Es war sehr lecker!

Maultaschen - another Schwäbische regional specialty

Overall I have been very well fed and we will all probably be coming back slightly fatter than when we left. Emma thinks we will have to roll her onto the plane!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Update from Baden-Württemberg

The first five days of the Y10-11 German exchange have absolutely flown by! We have all enjoyed a packed schedule of activities organized by host families and by the fantastic teachers at our partner school, the Robert-Bosch-Gymnasium in Wendlingen. Here are some snippets of the students' reflections on their experience so far, with photos and longer articles by Leonie and Alana to follow.

Samstag - Saturday

Hallo aus Deutschland! When we sit down to have dinner I am always amazed at the amount of food there is. My favourite German food is Schnitzel. The people here are very kind and take really good care of their guests. - Emma

Me, my exchange partner and her mum walked around Wendlingen town then bought some sugared almonds, which only come out at Christmas, and had an ice cream. The town looks different to ours, with lots of old buildings. - Sarah 

Sonntag - Sunday

Hallo England! Am Sonntag sind wir ins Ritter Sport Schokolade Museum gegangen. Es gab viele 'vapour stations', zum Beispiel Marzipan, Rum, und Hazelnuss. Ich habe Schokolade gegessen, da ich Schokolade liebe!  - Eloise 

On Sunday we went to watch my partner Max play in a handball match. His team lost but it was a good experience. Then we travelled to lake Bodensee. The lake borders Switzerland, Austria and Germany. We took a cable car up a mountain there and the views were amazing over the lake and the Alps. We were 1073m up. Es war sehr gut. - Luke 

We went to the Porsche museum on Sunday. It was very fun and interesting. There were lots of nice cars. Mein Lieblingsauto ist ein Nissan GTR. - Adam

Hallo England! The Porsche museum was very interesting. It's just like Mercedes Benz World, although less interactive. The museum had a simulator that we thought was broken for the fact that we all crashed about ten times each. Das Museum war sehr gut! - Callum

We went to a Spa on Sunday. It was really fun and relaxing. I have never been to something like that before and it was a great experience. We took some cool pictures to share with our friends when we get back. Ich liebe Passionsfrucht. - Darcie

Montag - Monday

My partner Sofie and I made pancakes. Ich liebe Pfannkuchen. We cut bananas and red currants for the topping and Sofie's mum had homemade honey. Pfannkuchen sind sehr gut. Lecker! - Gen

I went to a meeting with my exchange partner. At this meeting, people who have been bullied can sort out problems and it allows them to have fun. This was once a year and people could stay there overnight. Es war interessant. - Melissa

The school was very different to English schools because in their breaks they can leave school and if a teacher is away, they all get the period off. They finish school at different times too. Some days they finish at 1pm and some days they finish at 5:20. Ich mag die Schule. - Jonathan.

Dienstag - Tuesday

On Tuesday night, I went bowling with the other exchange students. We had lots of fun with each other and I won! Es machte Spass, weil ich mit meine lustige Freunde war. - Matt 

On Tuesday we all went to Ulm and went up the world's tallest church spire. We also did some shopping in our free time. I have also been horse riding after school. I wasn't allowed to canter but I still enjoyed it. - Gabby

I have been on a segway tour, joined in lessons at the German school, tried some new German foods and done a lot of shopping! I'm really looking forward to our guided tour of Tubingen this afternoon. - Meghan

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Student of the Month

Student of the Month:

Congratulations to the following students who are doing well in French:

Lauren Blackwell 7P - Excellent start to Year 7 - very serious attitude and excellent homework.

Alexandra Mills 8H - Excellent start to Year 8 – very focused and hardworking.

Ebony Johnson 10G - Consistently working hard and making good progress.

Georgina Wickens 9K - Being so consistently motivated to be her best.

Congratulations to the following students who are doing well in German:

Rachel Ward 8Q - Has put in lots of effort since starting the new school year!

Luc Carter 10X - For always working consistently and completing all work to a high standard.

Jonathan Mann 11H - Working consistently hard in German.

Charlotte Ross Year 9R - Fantastic effort, participation and work in German.

Congratulations to the following students who are doing well in Spanish:

Orla Mair 9G - Her commitment and excellence in Spanish.

Lavanya Sivapiraba 9X - For the fantastic leaflet created to promote Frimley.

Kavita Sahota 11G - Her conscientiousness and for working to a very high standard in Spanish.

Congratulations to the following student who is doing well in Japanese:

Jack Johnson 9P - For an excellent, positive start to the GCSE Japanese course.

Congratulations to the following student who is doing well in Chinese:

Grace Cubin in 9Y - Enthusiasm and great effort.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

FSM : Cats on Trees, Calogero - Jimmy


Aujourd'hui pour ce French Song Monday, je poste une chanson de Cats on Trees, un groupe connu pour la chanson Sirens call, en collaboration avec Calogero, un chanteur très populaire en France.

Dans cette chanson, ils chantent un peu en anglais, et un peu en français. Cette chanson passe beaucoup à la radio et à la télévision.

Qu'est-ce que vous en pensez? Est-ce que vous aimez? Est-ce que vous détestez?


A la semaine prochaine!


Saturday, 3 October 2015

News update: 
We had a wonderful day. The students were really well behaved on the flight, and the cabin crew commented on how well behaved they were - thumbs up!!!!! All the students were smiling and feeling happy on meeting their partners. Both teachers enjoyed an afternoon walking around Ochsenwang, overlooking Bissingen in the glorious sunshine enjoying the last of the summer warmth, and we didn't receive any phone calls so we know all is well!!
The students have arrived safely in Germany and have been reunited with their exchange partners. We are looking forward to hearing about everything they do this weekend when they meet up with the Tomlinscote teachers on Monday at school.

Friday, 2 October 2015

15 students from years 10 & 11 are off to Stuttgart for 10 days on the German exchange bright and early tomorrow morning. We are sure they will have an amazing time and hope that they speak lots of German. Check back here for regular updates on their adventures.