GISS celebrates first DSD absolvents
For the first time in GISS history, 16 students sat their exams for the German Language Diploma. They proved their proficient language skills in all four areas of the exam: a written essay, reading and listening comprehension, as well as oral communication.
In return for their efforts, a tasty reward came in form of a chocolate mud cake and of course the certificates awaited them. But first Consul General Hans-Dieter Steinbach and our Principal Herr Seifert gave a couple of short speeches to the successful DSD graduates. Mr. Steinbach told how his language skills opened many doors to himself personally, and allowed the development of deep friendships in places all over the world. He is pleased that students of GISS take their chance to learn German at such a high level. Mr. Seifert was also very impressed. He quoted Mark Twain “a gifted person ought to learn English in 30 hours, French in 30 days and German in 30 years”. He is very proud that our GISS students managed to learn it much faster.
At the end of the short ceremony all involved gained further insights: GISS students learn very quickly and Australia's bakers bake the richest chocolate cakes.