Report from Germany
Annual Report about projects and activities on Olympic education at Coubertin Sports School Erfurt (GER) in 2020
Surely, 2020 was one of the most challenging years for all schools in the 23 years of our cooperation in the Network of Coubertin Schools. For the reason of the COVID 19 pandemic and the strict safety protocol to be followed, also at our school the major projects for the whole school community had to be cancelled.
This implied in particular to the organisation of our school-based Pierre-de-Coubertin Award and the Olympic Day, planned for March 2020.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of smaller successful activities we would like to share:
In January, during our Day of Open Doors, students and the accompanying teachers of our school reported on the cooperation in our Network and the experiences made during the 12th Youth Forum in Mâcon.
In February, in preparation of the planned Coubertin Award, the 150 students of the 9th and 10th classes dealt with one module from “Coubertin Academy” about the multi-faceted personality of Coubertin and his Olympic heritage to practice reading and listening activities during their English lessons.
In March, during the first period of the distance-learning, all French students classes 11-12 dealt with the French version of this module in the framework of the Chapter “Outstanding Personalities in French History”.
Following the two UNESCO-Schools in our Network, Nicosia (CYP) and Ülenurme (EST), our school applied for the second level to become a “cooperating UNESCO school”.
Unfortunately, also the planned teachers’ exchange between our region and Ülenurme Gümnaasium (EST) had to be postponed.
Besides intercultural learning, education for sustainable development as well as social engagement (both also subject of the educational work in our Network) belong to the main pillars of teaching and learning.
From March-June, during the distance/presence-learning, in total 11 smaller projects on environmental topics could be realised. Several classes took part in national competitions. Among them were:
- “Plastics- Blessing and Curse at Once” (10th classes, Social Studies)
- “Climate change” (6th classes, Biology)
- “Sustainability and Globalisation: Recycling of Smartphones” (10th classes, Social Studies)
- “Endangered Animals – species protection in our region” (6th classes, Biology)
- Bilingual Module “Global warming- how does it affect us?” (10c English)
- Poster activity “Environmental protection and sustainability during Olympic Games” (10c English)
- Several arts projects etc.
“My Scream” – inspired by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”
May-November: In close cooperation with the GutsMuths Association in Schnepfenthal, we could accomplish our students’ exhibition “Pierre de Coubertin – Life and Works of a Humanist” by the 20th edition in Bulgarian language, translated by Kamen Pawlow, which will soon to be found in our Download Centre for Schools. On occasion of the Tokyo 2020 (2021) Olympics, the students’ exhibition will be displayed in the GutsMuths Memorial Hall in Schnepfenthal in various languages in 2021 (GutsMuths, 1759-1839, called the “grandfather of gymnastics”, who introduced systematic physical exercise into the school curriculum and published the first systematic course book on gymnastics).
Charity activities in 2020:
Traditionally, our students packed hundreds of parcels with sweets, toys, books, sports equipment etc. for the “Restaurant of the Heart” to be handed to people in need during the pre-Christmas time.
All students were very sad that for the reasons of the second strict lockdown the Charity Runs could not take place.
Sports: We are all very proud of Robin Müller (class 11), who won the 3,000m (U18) in the German Championships in Heilbronn this September. Besides him eight other girls and boys of our school qualified for the most important national competition in track and field. Among them also Moritz Schmidt, who won the bronze medal over 10,000m walk (U20).
Many of our young athletes dream of taking part in international competitions one day.
For our 16-year-old student Willy Weinrich this dream came true. He qualified for the Junior European Championships in cycling in Fiorenzuola d`Arda (Italy) this autumn. It was his first time to start in an international race.
There he was in excellent form and thus was able to bring two gold medals (!) and a bronze one home.
After his return to school, he gave an interview in our school radio and talked about the challenges of such a race, the hard training to succeed in the qualifications as well as his experiences made on international floor.
With great pleasure, we received the news that our former student, Karl Junhghannß qualified for the walking-competitions for the Tokyo Olympics some days ago.
So we are all waiting for the Olympic Year 2021 with great excitement!