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11th November 2014

We had a very nice breakfast today! We had some toast and jam and also orange juice. Some pupils had cereal and drank other drinks like water or cocoa in the mornings, Lukas told me.

We went to school by car today, although most pupils go by bus, bike or on foot, because I was with them and they didn’t want me to suffer through a bus ride. The bus can be very full sometimes and leave too late or too early to catch it comfortably which really is a bother.

The first two lessons were German lessons and I had to concentrate very hard to understand a word. They all talk very fast!

After that, the 6B had their second language classes and some music practice. That was amazing! Jonas is in 6B and 6B is the “Bläserklasse”, this means that every pupil plays a wind instrument. The other classes have regular music lessons but the Bläserklasse pupils have got one hour of instruction a week for their special instrument and 90 minutes of orchestral instruction during their music lessons. They have to practice playing at home, too. They sounded really nice playing the “Pirates of the Carribbean” theme song on trombones and horns and flutes, even though they just started to play these instruments when they came to WBG in 5th grade.

Then they had two lessons of Geography which was interesting. I say two lessons, because they usually have got double lessons. Sometimes there are single lessons of 45 minutes like music practice or for their second foreign language, but usually they have got double lessons of 90 minutes. The upside is that they don’t need to pack so much stuff and can concentrate on less subjects. The downside is that they see some of the great teachers only once a week and that 90 minutes can be a very long time.

Now it’s lunchtime at WBG and the pupils are all running somewhere they call the “Cafte”. Jonas explained to me that this was short for “Caféteria” and that you could buy sandwiches, rolls, a little bit of pastry, some fruit, tea and coffee and also hot chocolate there. Some pupils stay three afternoons a week, that means their lessons are until 3.30 pm and they eat lunch at school. On these days the Cafte also offers some food like Hot Dogs, pasta, pizza pieces or salads or something like Doner with minced meat. Doner is very popular in Germany. Jonas prefers a simple bun to any of that, although I cannot think why he would. They always fill up their bottles at what they call the water machine. You can add some sparkle to it, too if you like that sort of thing. And they can buy other drinks from the vending machine.

At 2 pm 6B meets in the art classroom where Ms Krüger helps them with their newest art project: picture books. It’s one lesson of art and one lesson of class council. The class council is held by the class speakers, Carina and Marius. They collect the topics and lead the discussion. Today they plan who can take me where and when to show me their hobbies and free time activities. I’m really looking forward to vaulting!

I’m leaving school with Mareike today. She usually comes home and packs her bag to leave for vaulting right away. She is not very tall but she can jump up on that big horse while it’s galloping! That’s amazing. She took me on the horse, too. You’ll see the picture when I tell you more about the hobbies.

In the evening she finishes her homework and they meet with the family to have a tasty dinner. She tells me that some people have a big dinner with a cooked meal but others prefer a cold dinner like bread with cheese or a salad. I’m stuffed and tired now. Let’s go to bed!