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Our Leverkusen City Map

Map600A Children’s City-Map – We, that means the third grade of the Gemeinschaftsgrundschule Leverkusen, Heinrich-Lübke-Straße (Primary School) in Steinbüchel have created a children´s map for the display „Our Leverkusen Town“ during the last 4 weeks. It is a collage in size of 2×2 meters. At first we collected photos and pictures of most important sights and locations of our town, which we found in books or in the Internet. Then the children of our class copied and coloured the pictures either themselves or with their partners. Enlarged parts of the map were painted and than pasted up. The information of sights and locations were explored by Internet and written with the computer. One of our pupil´s father is an English man. He supported us translating our text into English. By and by we pasted all on our large city-map. So the kids and grown-ups of both towns will come to know a lot about important places in Leverkusen and get hints for excursions.


Greetings and best wishes from the class 3a.


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Bracknell Work Experience

lookout03My name is Annika and I go to Landrat-Lucas Gymnasium in Leverkusen.  At my school, all students have to do a 2-week work experience in grade 9.  Luckily I have been able to do my work experience in Bracknell and to work with children.

I worked at the Lookout Discovery Center and St Michaels Easthampstead Primary School.

At the Lookout Discovery Center I was welcomed by my colleagues nicely.  I had to do most of the things everybody else had to do too.  I learned how to make badges, key rings, magnets and mirrors.  I helped the children and tidied up after them e.g. when they played in the ball pool.  At St Michaels I had to help the children when they had problems with their exercises. Everybody was also really nice.

I really enjoyed my work experience and I would do it again.


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Litter Collection Action in Leverkusen

350Team-WfuSOnce a year, before the Easter holidays start, schools of Leverkusen clean our town.

Gloves and garbage bags are sponsored by the garbage collectors of the town. This action makes young people more environmentally friendly.

So many ignorant people throw away things like plastic containers, chairs, tables, bikes and many other things and pollute nature. It is awful.

So every year 7graders of Käthe-Kollwitz-Comprehensive look after the nature near the beautiful river Rhine. It is really strenuous but, although this year the weather was cold and windy, it was real fun.

Is there such an action also in Bracknell?

Anna-Laura Ancuria, Käthe-Kollwitz-Schule,Leverkusen.

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns
Hot Cross Buns

By Alyssa, Yousuf, Mitchell, Aaron and Alfie

The thing most associated with Easter is Easter Eggs – but there are lots of other things associated with Easter such as hot cross buns. Easter is a joyful time for lots of kids who celebrate Easter. Although most of the real meaning is forgotten because of the chocolate and sweets and holidays. The teachers are even jollier and they give more fun lessons.

Why Hot Cross Buns?

The reason for hot cross buns is that Jesus died on the cross and the buns have crosses on them. They are usually served on Good Friday. They are a rich, spiced tea cake.


A Hot Cross Bun is always in any list of Easter recipes as it is customary to eat the buns on Good Friday. This Hot Cross Bun recipe is a quicker, lighter recipe than the Traditional Hot Cross Bun which requires a starer dough and a slow rising. Though the recipe is made more quickly, the taste is not compromised in any way: the sweet, spicy buns taste just as good as the traditional ones.

Originally eaten by the Saxons to honor their goddess Eostre the buns are marked with a cross as it is believed the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon’s quarters. To Christians, the cross symbolizes the crucifixion.

Preparation Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Makes: 12 hot Cross Buns


For the Buns

500g strong, white bread flour

55g Muscovado sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

55g cold butter cut into small pieces

100g mixed dried fruits

25g candied mixed peel

7g dried yeast

300 ml warm (not hot) milk

For the Crosses

75g  all purpose plain flour

35g cold butter, cut into small pieces


1.5 tbsp apricot jam, warmed


Mix together the flour with the sugar, salt and spices. Add the butter pieces and rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse sand. Add the dried fruits and mixed peel, stir. Sprinkle over the yeast and finally, pour in the warm milk and mix using a spatula until a soft sticky dough is formed.

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for no less than 10 minutes or until a silky smooth dough is formed. Place in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise in a warm (not hot)place until doubled in size, this should take about 2 hours.

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knock all the air from the dough and knead again for 2 mins. Divide the dough into 12 and roll each into a bun shape. Place the buns on a lightly oiled baking sheet. With a sharp knife cut a shallow cross, the width of the into the top of the bun. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise again for approx 45 mins or until well risen.

Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7

Make the crosses by rubbing the butter into the flour, add a little cold water (0.5 tbsp) and stir to make a thick dough. If too dry add a little more water. Roll the dough into a ball, cut in half, then each half into 6. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The balls will go hard and be easier to roll.

Roll each small dough ball into a long thin sausage, cut in half and firmly press each ‘sausage’ half into the cross of the buns without knocking the air out.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the buns are well risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush the buns with the jam. Lift the buns onto a wire rack and leave to cool.



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Easter Visitors Bring the Story to Life

EasterBy St. Michael’s Easthampstead

One morning this week our Junior classes had the Easter characters visit their classrooms. The story was explained to the children from different points of view: Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. To help them remember, the children were given reminders at each story session, Palm Crosses, matzos, chocolate silver coins, hot cross buns and Easter eggs.

“We all thought this was exciting as we walked from one classroom to the next. None of us knew what to expect and some of the characters were really angry and upset!”

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Leverkusen Teachers Strike

Teacher’s Strike At schools in the districts of Cologne and Münster around 1,700 teachers did not teach on Wednesday, 27 February. The teachers union called for a token strike in the ongoing civil service wage dispute. How schools dealt with it was different, said a union speaker. Lots of lessons were cancelled, about 120 at our school, Käthe-Kollwitz-Comprehensive in Leverkusen. A teacher who is on strike does not teach!

The biggest strike rally was in Cologne with about 650 teachers. This nationwide strike wave started last Thursday. Teachers in Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen and Wuppertal  stopped  working. The teachers’ union GEW together with Verdi, the police trade union and the Civil Service Association demand 6,5 percent more remunaration for public employees. Their cry is for fair pay for 200,000 teachers in employment all over Germany who are paid much less than their state employed colleagues who are called in German “Beamte”.

By Vivien Aljic and Shqipdona Hajrizi, Käthe-Kollwitz-Gesamtschule Leverkusen-Rheindorf





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Bracknell Town Centre is changing

bracknell m&sBracknell is surrounded by countryside and forest which is very different to the existing town centre. As part of the multimillion pound regeneration for Bracknell Town Centre some parts of the existing town centre will be demolished to create an inspirational new shopping and leisure complex for the people of Bracknell. This includes a large multi-screen cinema, restaurants and cafes as well as major new shops coming into Bracknell for the first time.

The plans also include the refurbishment to some of the existing areas of the town in order to modernise the look of the town centre, improve facilities for pedestrians as well as over 1300 new car parking spaces.

Work is due to start in spring 2013 on this exciting new phase.






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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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Help a Christmas Child

Our shoeboxes ready for sending
Our shoeboxes ready for sending

Help a Christmas Child with the Shoe Box Appeal by Anna Harker, Year 6, pupil at St Michael’s Easthampstead CE Aided Primary school

The reason that we were asked to fill a Shoe Box is so that lots of people, not as fortunate as us, get a Christmas Shoe Box to open on Christmas Day.  This is the fourth year that I have filled a shoe box.

I fill shoe boxes to make other children happy at Christmas I put lots of exiting stuff that I might like so I know the special person will love their gift. My mum and I went shopping this year and got a flannel , soft toy, necklace  and bracelet.  I also put in a notebook, pencil, pen, post-it notes, rubber and sharpener for them to draw and write with.  In addition I added some sweets, a hat and mittens.  My shoebox was for a girl aged 10-13.