German Archive


German Exchange 2013


We are looking forward to meeting our German exchange partners who will be arriving from Bonn on Sunday 17 March for a week.  They will be experiencing school life including assemblies and school lunches, and they will have visits to Liverpool and  Bolton centre. On Friday both German and English will be spending the day in Manchester, followed by a bowling evening on Friday night.


(Mrs Sheaff)


Lied der Woche 1: UNHEILIG – “Geboren um zu leben”



Mit einer großen Mehrheit wurde dieses Lied in unseren letzten Konversationsstunden gewählt. Wir haben uns das Lied ein paar Mal angehört, den Songtext dazu auf deutsch gelesen, analysiert und auf englisch übersetzt.


Wir waren geboren, um zu leben

mit den Wundern jener Zeit.

Sich niemals zu vergessen

bis in alle Ewigkeit.

Wir waren geboren, um zu leben

für den einen Augenblick.

Bei dem jeder von uns spürte,

wie wertvoll Leben ist.


Das Lied ist auf dem Album Große Freiheit zu finden, welches in Deutschland den Titel als Bestes Album aller Zeiten verdient hat und damit die Band UNHEILIG sehr erfolgreich gemacht hat.





UNHEILIG ist eine deutsche Musikgruppe,  die von Popmusik und elektronischer Musik beeinflusst wird. Der Frontmann der Gruppe ist Bernd Heinrich Graf (“der Graf”), der sie  zusammen mit Grant Stevens und  José Alvarez-Brill in 2000 gegründet hat. Allerdings besteht die Gruppe heute aus dem Graf und drei anderen Live-Musikern: Licky, Hennig Verlage und Potti. Sie haben acht Alben veröffentlicht, von denen Große Freiheit und Lichter der Stadt die erfolgreichsten gewesen sind. Im Jahr 2010 hat Große Freiheit den Rekord des am längsten auf Platz 1 platzierten Albums gebrochen, als es für 23 Wochen in den deutschen Verkaufscharts war. Die beliebtesten Singles von UNHEILIG sind “Geboren um zu leben” und So wie du warst, die jeweils Platz eins in 2010 und Platz zwei in 2012 erreichten.

Vor UNHEILIG hielt der deutsche Sänger Herbert Grönemeyer mit seinem Album Ö den Rekord mit 14 Wochen auf Platz 1 – das war im Jahr 1988.


Wie  findet ihr dieses Lied? Was gefällt euch daran: die Melodie, der Text, das Video?

Gibt es noch andere Lieder von UNHEILIG, die ihr mögt?


Sixth Form Students’ German Club – “Deutsche Gesellschaft”


German flag

At last term’s Open Evening the Year 12 Girls had the great idea of creating a joint German Club for and by the Sixth Formers in the Girls’ and Boys’ Division of Bolton School. As a result, the Deutsche Gesellschaft AG (German Society club) was founded in Dec 2012.

Offers and aims of Deutsche Gesellschaft AG (Arbeitsgemeinschaft):

Curricular content:

  • Possibility to study and revise your German language skills
  • Deeping your learning skills by working together
  • Support all the way from this year’s German Assistant

Extra-curricular content:

  • Enrich your knowledge about Germany: culture, language, literature, film, food, sport, music, etc.
  • Improve your German speaking by exchanging ideas and interests with your fellow students and your German Assistant
  • Simply learn German with more fun! 🙂


When does Deutsche Gesellschaft AG take place?

Week A + B: 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Wednesdays: Girls’ Div – Pink Palace, Room M1

Thursdays: Boys Div – Room change, tba (until then meeting place is B13)


“Deutsche Gesellschaft” NOW ONLINE!



Hurray!! As promised, we can now make use of the Bolton School Blogs website to upload all information, useful and interesting material for our German club Deutsche Gesellschaft! 🙂

This is the place for you to incorporate your interests, extend and share your knowledge about the German culture and language in order to create a German club made for and by you!

I am very much looking forward to our work!


Your German Assistant,




German Clubs of 2012-2013

Check out which German clubs are running this school year.


Textiles Gestalten – German club for girls from Year 7 – 9 who want to get a glimpse into the German culture and language.


Deutsche Gesellschaft AG – Joint German club for and by this year’s Sixth Form students of the Girls’ and Boys’ Division.


“Textiles Gestalten” – Introducing German with Arts & Creativity

Our German club Textiles Gestalten was created for all Year 7 – Year 9 girls who are interested in learning something about Germany and want to get a first impression of the German language and culture (especially helpful for choosing German as your foreign language).

In every session you are introduced to a piece of German culture (festivities, music, games, etc.). You then can create something crafty related to this topic, can learn some German words and extend your knowledge about Germany in a very fun and easy way. No previous knowledge of German is needed!

We keep a calendar with the words you have learned, so at the end of the year you can remember what we have done and  keep it together with all the wonderful things you have created in the club!

Come and join us in our German club! Deutsch macht Spaß! (German is fun!) 🙂


When does Textiles Gestalten take place?

Every Tuesday (Week A + B): 1:30-2:00pm

In Room: B9


Take a look at our first session back in Sept 2012 here:

Die Schultüte (the school cone)



German Carnival – “Helau!”



 What is “Karneval / Fastnacht / Fasching”?

The colorful, fun, and crazy German Carnival (Narrenzeit = fool’s time) celebrated every year, seven weeks before Easter in February – it is also called the “Fifth Season”. In the cities of Köln (Cologne, with the largest and most famous  German Carnival) and Düsseldorf (north-western part of Germany) people say “Karneval”, in Mainz and Frankfurt (southern part) they say “Fastnacht” and in München (Munich, far south of Germany) it’s called “Fasching”.

The German Carnival originates in the traditions of the fasting period / Lent, when Catholic people don’t eat meat (Carne vale = lat. Goodbye meat) and don’t drink alcohol. So, before then people like to celebrate and eat everything they want one more time. Today, many people have moved away from this strict tradition, but some still continue.

The first day of Fastnacht starts on 11 November at 11:11 o’clock in the morning (meeting of the Fastnachts Council to organise the upcoming festivities), but the main events take place in the mid of February. People dress up in all kinds of funny, crazy or scary costumes, celebrate and do funny events in schools, clubs, costume balls, and on the street. Traditionally and especially during the Middle Ages, the scary costumes (mostly in the southern part of Germany) were used to scare away the winter. Nowadays, the German Carnival has become more of an entertainment event for children and adults.

The Fastnacht’s atmosphere begins on a Thursday, the Weiberfastnacht (“Women’s Carnival”) where women can kiss any man after cutting off his tie. On the holiday Rosenmontag there are big Fastnacht parades in most German cities (up to 6 or 7km in Köln, begins at 11:11 o’clock and can take up to more than 4 hours.

Köln_2003_Rosenmontag Karneval_Ko3

Every parade has a funny motto, many dance, carnival and music groups perform. People ride on big colorful floats decorated with huge caricatured figures of politicians and other famous personalities, throw candy, pretzels, and little toys to the audience while shouting: “Helau” (Mainz) or “Alaaf” (Köln, Düsseldorf), which can be seen as the Carneval way of saying “Hello” or “Hurray”.


The party continues one last time with many costume balls and parties on Faschingsdienstag (“Carnival Tuesday”). On Aschermittwoch (“Ash Wednesday”) everything is over and goes back to normal – after this the Lent period begins.


Follow these links to see and learn more about Karneval / Fastnacht / Fasching:

(short German video about the Carnival, includes text)

(Impressions of the 2013 Carnival celebrations in Germany)


Unsere Oberstufen-AG: “Deutsche Gesellschaft”


German flag


Hurray!! As promised, we can now make use of the Bolton School Blogs website to upload all information, useful and interesting material for our German club Deutsche Gesellschaft! 🙂

This is the place for you to incorporate your interests, extend and share your knowledge about the German culture and language in order to create a German club made for and by you!

I am very much looking forward to our work!


Your German Assistant,


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Rhineland Trip 2010

Rhineland 2010

Click on the photo to take a look at some of the things the girls (and teachers) got up to on the Rhineland trip 2010! Many thanks to Rachael for putting this video together and to Radhika and Holly for providing the extra photos.

Music: Watercolour by Pendulum


Berlin Christmas Markets – Dec 2012

Berlin featured


On a frosty winter’s morning in December, 44 Year 7s and 5 teachers set off from school headed for Berlin. We had a lovely, wintry time, filled with gingerbread hearts, chocolate covered fruit kebabs and Kinderpunsch. Activities included shopping at the Christmas markets, a visit to the Jewish museum, a climb up the Reichstag and a coach tour of the city with a view of the remaining segment of the Berlin wall.

Click on the photo of Rachael and Lucy to have a look at some of the photos.