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News from Presentation College Carlow

Meadhbh Broderick, Presentation College takes First Place in the National German Olympiad Final and will represent Ireland in Germany this July

The International German Olympiad (IDO – Internationale Deutscholympiade) is the largest German language contest in the world. Every two years, students from between fifty and sixty countries around the world come together to demonstrate their German knowledge. Above all, they have fun, make new friends, and get to know one another in and through the German language.

Each country selects two students to participate. To select the two students to represent Ireland all pupils in Transition Year in Ireland were invited to enter a competition. They had to prepare a written presentation or a short video in German on the topic: Meine Traumreise nach Deutschland” (“My Dream Trip to Germany”). The deadline was December 2017.
A Jury considered each presentation according to content, originality, creativity and language expression, and chose up to twenty of the most outstanding presentations. Both Meadhbh Broderick and Fiona Butler from Presentation College were among that group. They were then invited to the Goethe Institute in Dublin to take part in the National German Language Olympics Final on Friday, March 16th to compete with the other finalists.

Two participants were to be chosen at that stage to represent Ireland in the Internationale Deutscholympiade 2018 in Freiburg! The day in Dublin was very sociable, well-organised and great fun. We started with lunch in the Goethe Institute on Fitzwilliam Square (the German learning Headquarters in Ireland). Students were then put into pairs and given topics and tasks to prepare. They then presented them to the adjudicators, organisers and teachers present in German. While they were preparing the presentations, the teachers chatted to each other and had a workshop on the use of short films in the language classroom. The standard of presentations from the students was excellent. Meadhbh Broderick came 1st in the competition and, along with Laura Cosgrove from Middleton College, Cork who came 2nd, will be representing Ireland in Freiburg in the south of Germany this July.

This is the third time that Ireland will send two Transition Year pupils with an accompanying German Teacher (who will be chosen separately) to compete in the Internationale Deutscholympiade (IDO). The event will take place from July 15-28, 2018 in Freiburg, where nearly sixty countries from all over the world will compete.

The competition is not just about competing for the title. More important is the cultural exchange between students of German from all around the world. Contacts and friendships that develop will form a lifelong international network. We are delighted for Meadhbh that she will have this fantastic opportunity and look forward to hearing how she gets on in the future.

German Olympiad (From left to right: Meadhbh Broderick, Ms Una Byrne (German Teacher), Fiona Butler)

Basketball Champions

Congratulations to the First Year Boys Basketball team who recently won the Southeast League Final and are now participating in the playoffs for the All-Ireland Final. Well done also to their coach, Mr Vinnie Homan, for all of his hard work!