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Bracknell Forest Art Project


Get your paintbrushes, paints and art materials ready for the Bracknell Forest art project

My Bracknell Forest is the theme of an exciting art project for 2013 which wants young people to reflect their life and living in Bracknell Forest.  Schools, Bracknell and Wokingham College and youth groups will be invited to record using any art media their view of ‘My Bracknell Forest’.  The competition will be open to all ages of young people from infants aged 5 years  to young adults, and they can seek inspiration from any aspect of life in Bracknell Forest – their local community and area.  This could include the twinning arrangements with Leverkusen.

The art project will culminate in an art display at South Hill Park for three weeks 29 June to 20 July, with the announcement of the winning categories on 20 July.

We look forward to reporting progress in the summer.

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GGS Im Steinfeld

Hello, we are the children of the community primary school ‘GGS In Steinfeld’ in Leverkusen and this is our first article. We now want to tell you a little of our school, so that you can get to know it a little. You need to know that our school used to be a fire station. We have two school play-grounds, one large and one small. We have a library in the building and a gym. Last week we had the first snow of the year. We have only female teachers. We can choose to use some afternoons for organised, after-school activities. Each playground has a climbing frame. We celebrate: St. Martins’ day, Carnival and Easter.

Next to our school is a kindergarten. We will soon celebrate Carnival. You can dress-up as anything, such as a joker, hamburgers, superman, spiderman, batman, the devil or a vampire. We are really looking forward to it.

Till later!

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Bracknell and Leverkusen twinning mural unveiled

A mural created by Bracknell & Wokingham College students to commemorate the twinning partnership between Bracknell and Leverkusen was unveiled on Monday 5 November 2012.

The students who created the mural were joined by visitors from Leverkusen, members of the Bracknell Twinning Association, the Mayor of Bracknell Town Council Shelagh Pile and other councillors for the unveiling at the Wick Hill site of the college in Bull Lane, Bracknell.

Harriet Price, 17, of Bracknell explained how students had been involved in the project:

“The project was part of our Community Art module – as part of our course we get to try out loads of different ways to use art. Two of our group did the main design, four of us painted it and we came back and added in some extra elements too.”

Ashley Charles, 17, of Crowthorne told what students had learned about the two places:

“We researched Leverkusen and Bracknell and found there were lots of things that were similar about them. There is even a Bracknell Square in Leverkusen that we included”.

Mayor Shelagh Pile was keen to praise the students for their efforts:

“Next year the twinning partnership will enter its 40th year. This mural is a great way of showing the similarities between the two places. The students should feel very proud of the work they have put in to producing it.”

Michael Gutbier, a visitor from Leverkusen said:

“I am very honoured to take part in this special moment. The mural shows how close the two places are and having the opportunity to be here makes me feel very at home.”

Louise Gigg, Coordinator of vocational courses for 14-16 year olds at the college was pleased with the outcomes of the project:

“We have students who come from across Bracknell to do a variety of practical courses and it is lovely for them to see the imagery linking Bracknell with its twin town of Leverkusen this mural provides on a daily basis.

Our College art students did a fantastic job and the mural adds to the vibrancy and colour of the Wick Hill centre. These kinds of practical projects help to provide the students with employability skills they can use in the future”.

Bracknell & Wokingham College Principal Campbell Christie explained the impact of the project on the college students:

“Part of our vision is to be in the heart of the community and this project has allowed students to be involved in this. This extends beyond our immediate locality and allows us to work with Leverkusen in a bright twinning future”.



Leverkusen trip July 2012


We left at 6am on a Sunday morning; everyone was excited and nervous as well. Sadly one of our girls couldn’t make it as her passport hadn’t arrived on time.

Thanks to Darren and Marion we arrived at Heathrow with loads of time to spare.

All 10 girls all in pink tops (couldn’t lose them even if we tried), lined up to book in. Waited ages but once through passport control (girls were all who they said they were); we gave the girls some time to look around the airport as for some it was a first time.

The plane had 60 empty seats so girls spread out and most had window seats. Landed in Germany about an hour later.

Angelica was there to meet us all in a coach that took us straight to the Lindenhof house where we would stay till Wednesday.

During our stay we did some sight seeing round Leverkusen, lots of shopping The girls went swimming with a couple of the girls who had joined us. They were two of the sweetest girls, a lot younger than ours but they took on the job like a couple of very well trained youth workers. The youngest one who was 12 was even counting them on and off buses and trains – made us all chuckle.

Site seeing in Koeln was wonderful it is a very beautiful place and the bridge with all the padlocks placed by people in love made the girls wonder where they could start it off in Bracknell. (The iron bridge in Great Hollands was one of the places named.)

I think I speak for all when I say the water skiing was a massive hit, the sun shone all day, all the girls learnt a new skill either how to water ski or how to body board.( I think they all learnt how to fall off and not swallow to much water). We had a BBQ of German sausage (Thankfully to Judy we got it earlier than midnight). One youth worker learnt to say no to anything spicy that looks like a sausage. (Very hot)

The girls were all fantastic with no problems, they worked hard before the event to make sure they new each other well. Our last two editions to the group from Youth Council were great they fitted in with all the others without any problems.

All the girls were a credit to Bracknell and have made sure that the long lasting relationship with Leverkusen can carry on.

It would be great if we can arrange for them to come over to us, although they didn’t have many young people during our time (They were all on holidays)  they are sure they could put together a group to come over to visit us here in Bracknell.

There will be a presentation by the girls in September invites to follow. All the girls have achieved a Asdan award for the trip……