On Wednesday, children in Year Six at West Croft Junior School celebrated a German Christmas. The children in 6.1, who have been learning German as part of their studies, had a German Christmas party. The children, aged ten and eleven, enjoyed Black Forest Ham, Stollen, Lebkuchen and other German specialities.
Class teacher and Assistant Head, Michael Watson said, "The children really enjoyed trying foods from a different culture. They have enjoyed learning German and this celebration seemed a natural way to wrap up a good term's work."
In addition to their Christmas food tasting, the children also were visited by Saint Nicholas; a traditional German custom. On the night of the fifth of December, they left their shoes in class, only to find them filled with sweets by Saint Nicholas on their return to school on the sixth. They are very lucky, as the children learned, only good children get sweets, naughty children are visited by Saint Nicholas' assistant, Knecht Ruprecht who brings sticks for the naughty children, naturally the children in the class only received sweets!
The children enjoyed their chance to experience a different culture. Adam Shortridge said, "I just loved the Bratwurst sausages, they are delicious!".
Other children preferred the sweeter option. Ruth Harding enjoyed the Stollen, "I loved the German Christmas cake, it was delicious. I really enjoyed learning about a different country's food," she said.
During their time at West Croft, students are able to learn French and German and take part in a residential to Germany during Year Six.