GERMAN STUDENTS: Maisie Fraser and Grace McDonald from Peak Crossing State School competed in the Gold Coast Speech Contest where they displayed their love and ability for German.
GERMAN STUDENTS: Maisie Fraser and Grace McDonald from Peak Crossing State School competed in the Gold Coast Speech Contest where they displayed their love and ability for German. Rob Williams

German language students bring pride to school

NOT many adults can claim to be bilingual; however three keen primary school students are already well on their way to learning another language.

Year 7 students Grace McDonald and Maisie Fraser from Peak Crossing State School and Year 5 student Lily Pomery from Mt Marrow State School tested their German skills at the 2014 Gold Coast Speech Contest.

The girls had to write and read their own speech as well as answer questions about themselves in German.

"It was very nerve-wracking standing up in front of the judges but we had fun," said Maisie.

"I enjoyed learning our speeches and representing the school.

"I hope to continue learning German in the future."

Teacher and German native Maike Lablans said she was impressed by all three of the students' dedication.

"All of the girls came in and practised during lunch," she said.

"I was very proud that they put in so much effort, it's nice to see students taking an interest in languages."

Ms Lablans said she feared foreign language learning in primary schools may be phased out when Year 7 moves to high school.

"The focus in schools is often on English, science and math but I think it's important for languages and arts not to be neglected," she said. "At the speech contest you could see how enthusiastic and keen the students were about German, which was great.

"I hope languages continue to be supported in primary school. The younger children are when they start the more interested they are and the easier it is to learn."



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