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Three Languages, Two Schools, and The Great War


Three Languages, Two Schools, and The Great War

Guest Post by Lenni Elbe

Have you ever been on a film set where you heard German, French, and English all around you? Students from GPSSD and SDFAS have!

For a very special project students (9-17 years old), parents, and teachers from both schools got together and worked on an entry for an international history competition, which challenged them to create a high-quality film about “Peace and the Great War: From Trenches to the Project of a United Europe.”

The teams came from German Pacific School San Diego (GPSSD) and San Diego French American School (SDFAS). Their project started with a script-writing workshop. The students then developed their interest in the topic by researching aspects of World War I. The whole movie making process was student-directed. Writing and planning started in September 2017, and the editing of the movie was finished in March 2018. The title of the movie is “Chess Peace”. It revolves around two rival schools and a chess competition.

The short film premiered recently at SDFAS and was sent to the EUSTORY
competition in Europe. Now, the French and German students can’t wait to receive the results from the judges in Europe. Of course, all of them would love to travel to Paris for the final round of the competition in fall 2018.

EU-Story is supported by the Körber Foundation, Mission du Centenaire, the
French Association of History and Geography Teachers, the Goethe Institutes in
France, as well as the Institut Français, and the Franco-German Youth Office.

For more information about this and other exciting projects at GPSSD and
SDFAS, both accredited language schools, please contact the schools or visit their websites.

Images: GermanPacific School San Diego


EUSTORY, an International History Competition for German and French Youth to Reflect on Peace

Students of a German School in San Diego learn how to write a movie script

About a month ago  German Pacific School San Diego and San Diego French American School collaborated in preparing for an international competition that invites them to reflect on the concept of peace before, during and after WW I.

EUSTORY, an international history competition wants to guide students to a greater understanding of historic events but also engage them in finding relations between today’s events and events in the past, and overall help them become productive citizens of the world.

Both schools decided on choosing film as a medium for their project, and to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of scriptwriting they participated in an intercultural scriptwriting seminar. In the following read more about their experience:

German and French students collaborate on international competition

( by Lenni Elbe)

An excited buzz fills the air as groups of French and German students discuss their ideas. They are preparing for an international history competition, called EUSTORY.

On October 14, students from San Diego French American School and German Pacific School San Diego partook in a seminar run by a professional scriptwriter, Diane Alpaio, to help prepare them for the competition in Spring.

The script writing workshop led students through a pre-written script in order to learn the basic elements of story writing. First, they watched and analyzed a short film. Then, they were split into small groups and wrote their own scenes using those basic elements such as dialogue, conflict, and characters.

The students left with a greater understanding of how movie scripts are written, and with plenty of ideas on how to continue their own EUSTORY project. “Working with the French students was great and I didn’t expect the seminar to be so much fun. It really got everyone excited about the competition” said Jack, a student at GPSSD.

The script writing seminar was just the start. Students will continue to meet on a regular basis throughout the script writing process. Instructors from both schools are guiding the students, including Mr. Baron (SDFAS), Ms. Brouder (SDFAS), and Ms. Elbe (GPSSD).

EUSTORY was started in order to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the events of World War 1, to work together, and to foster cross-cultural understanding. This year’s theme is: “Peace in War Time, Peace in World War 1.” This initiative is representative of the creative potential in students, and broadens young people’s perspectives, giving them the tools and skills required to become productive citizens of the world.

The short film will premiere this coming spring at an event at SDFAS.
For more information, please visit http://www.eustory.fr or http://www.gpssd.org

Images: German Pacific School San Diego – GPSSD


2016 German Language Summer Camps in California


It’s only just springtime but summer will be here quicker than we think. And we know that summer vacation for kids here in the USA is by far longer than in Germany. Having grown up in Germany I remember my 6-week summer vacation seemed endless (until I was a teenager of course) and I would have loved to go to a cool summer camp. The choices here in the U.S. are amazing, from adventure and sports camps to academic camps and more. All is covered!

So here we go:  For all our German families staying in California for the summer, why not immerse your kids into the German language while also having fun at a German Summer Camp?

Camps are offered in both, Southern & Northern California


San Diego – German Pacific School San Diego

Science & German Go Hand in Hand

This year’s camp by German Pacific School SD is all about flying, flying machines, rockets, space travel, planets and stars!

One highlight: We will explore the Air and Space Center and the Science Center in Balboa Park. We will: spend a lot of time outside, play board games, read books, continue to fill up our writer’s journals from last year, build rockets and, as always, have a big construction project in the yard.

There will be only two weeks of camp this year (June & July), so better sign up quickly!

Check out the flyer below for Info & Dates:



Newport Beach – GermanSchoolCampus

German & Environmental Science Camp

  • 1st week Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st
  • 2nd week Tuesday July 5th to Saturday July 9th

Day camp 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – Space is limited!

Camp location is at our GermanSchool campus:
1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663

Inquiries: Please email the school’s director, Frau Schoeneich at  principal@GERMANSCHOOLcampus.com or call 949-285-0829

Check out our STEM Summer Camp 2016 – Flyer – here



Mountain View (NorCal)- GISSV MOUNTAIN VIEW

SUMMER IMMERSION CAMP 2016  – language classes, art, music, science, sports, cooking and more! For Grades 1-8.

Various Dates : June 20 – July 15, 2016

The GISSV Saturday School is excited to once again offer a German Immersion Summer Camp. We offer children a unique opportunity to spend their summer having fun learning/improving their German language skills in a stimulating, creative atmosphere!

Check out their flyer:

German Camp GISSV


Title Image: ©German Pacific School San Diego