Thursday 11th February 2010 by C. Freeman
The sister of Brooke Weston's German assistant, Janina Boltze, visited the UK recently and spent some time with our Sixth Formers. Janina has been here since October working with students from the older year groups. She was joined by her sister, Verena, who joined lessons with our Year 12 German students to learn a little more about life in Britain and improve her English accent.
Both girls, who live near Berlin, had previously visited the Isle of Wight and enjoyed being in the UK. It spurred Janina on to study English more seriously, so she's here for an eight-month placement before finishing her German degree. Ideally she'd like to teach English and Business Studies at a vocational college. She said: 'I'm finding the school impressive. My first couple of days were quite intimidating because everything was well organised but once you get used to it there are so many helpful colleagues. I work with Years 11, 12 and 13 and they respond well.'
The sisters last saw each other at Christmas but Verena decided to join Janina for a few days during a German school holiday. She said: 'Brooke Weston is much bigger than my school and we don't have school uniforms or breaks for lunch or breakfast. The lessons are longer here; we just have lessons for 45 minutes and I study nine subjects . I am taking Abitur examinations in April. The students here are practising their German with me and I'm practising my English with them. They have made me feel very welcome.'