Languages assistant Nina Kölling hasn’t had a dull moment during her placement at Brooke Weston. As well as helping students with their German she has visited lots of tourist sites and kept busy by joining the school’s flute group, choir and even conducting the orchestra.
Ms Kölling, from Hanover, will soon return to her studies in Germany, where she will finish an English degree then train to become a teacher of music and English. One of her final engagements at Brooke Weston will be to play Palladio by Karl Jenkins and Wonderwall with the flute group at the next acoustic night on Thursday 9th May. The choir and orchestra will also be performing at the event in the drama studio.
Nina said: ‘I have been here since October as German languages assistant. I have loved it but have to go and finish my studies in Germany. This is my third time in the UK, the first was a geography field trip and the second was a school trip to London. I loved the people and the atmosphere in the UK which is why I wanted to spend more time here.
‘My language skills have definitely developed since I have been here. At first it was quite hard for me to understand people as they talked very fast. I have a very good relationship with my students and have worked mostly with Year 12 and 13s preparing them for their speaking exams.
When I was first here I didn’t do much music then Mr Duguid came up with the idea of joining the flute group. I have tried to immerse myself into life here. I have been to York, Manchester, Stamford, Peterborough, Bristol and Bath and also visited London several times. I wanted to spend my time here in a good way. The people have been welcoming. Coming to work in England has been a very good experience.’