VANCOUVER WESTSIDE GERMAN SCHOOL

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR- CONTRACT POSITION

The Vancouver Westside German School (VWGS)  invites applications  for the position of School
Administrator.  This is a position with a multi-year commitment, renewable on an annual basis.
The appointed  School Administrator is expected  to start in July 1, 2018.
The Vancouver Westside German School (www.vwgs.org)  is a non-profit  charitable organization
founded  in 1992. It offers an after-school  German language  program for approximately 200
students from Kindergarten  to Grade 12, both with and without previous knowledge  of the
German language. Classes take place once a week between 4:15pm and 6:30 on Tuesday, and
4:30pm and 6:45pm on Wednesday with junior classes at on Tuesdays and senior classes on
Wednesdays. The lessons take place at the Prince of Wales Secondary  School on both days.
There are two school terms, which run between September  and May, for a total of 33 sessions.
The Vancouver Westside German School  is a member of CAGLS, the Canadian  Association of
German Language  Schools and engages with BCHLA, the BC Heritage Language Association.
The school receives partial financial support from the Federal Republic  of Germany through
ZfA, the Central Agency for Schools Abroad.
The Administrator reports to School Principal and supports and works collaboratively with the
Principal in relation to all administrative aspects of the School. Although the position is a
contract, VWGS is interested in long-term  commitment from the candidate.

Role and Responsibilities

The School Administrator’s primary responsibilities include:
• Payroll management
• Manage and perform student registration activities
• Perform routine communications with new and returning families
• Manage paperwork,  copying related to scheduling,  report cards, hiring, etc.
• Monitor YWGS email inbox, post office box and phone (messages)
• Maintain website; assist in creating website content and other school collaterals
• Establish and monitor online school calendar
• Oversee online publication  of monthly newsletter  and annual student newspaper
• Engage parent volunteers  as required for events, library, hallway supervision  etc.
• Coordinate safety measures  and volunteers (i.e. hallway supervision)
• Coordinate volunteers for managing  and executing  key school events end-to-end
• Coordinate volunteers for managing  the school library
• Procure all school supplies and other required items; arrange for copying and packaging
• Assist Principal  in liaising with external stakeholders as required
• Assist School Treasurer in recording  financial transactions and processing  payments
• Assist in any other administrative matter, as requested by the Principal
• Attend monthly (1-2 hour) Board Meetings  (10 in total)

Required Education, Training, and Experience

The School Administrator’s required qualifications and experience include:
• Demonstrated success in assuming  administrative responsibilities (school or equivalent)
• Formal training or equivalent  experience in administration
• High level of proficiency in German; Excellent proficiency in English
• High level of proficiency in the use of productivity tools, including Email, google drive
and other online tools, Word, Excel
• Experience in maintaining website content
• Not-for-profit organization experience preferred
• Experience with an educational context K-12 preferred

Candidate Requirements

The ideal candidate  is an enthusiastic person with a caring and engaging attitude, is creative,
collaborative, and resourceful, and shows an interest in innovation and/or improvement where
necessary. The candidate exhibits effective team work and interacts well with parents.
The candidate has a collegial and consultative approach, with a willingness to learn and to seek
advice from others, and the strength to make final decisions.
As the school operates as a non-profit  organization, the position requires a certain degree of
flexibility with regards to workload and scheduling  of hours over the school year, which may not
always be consistent  from one week to the next. The position entails approximately 50 hours per
month with a starting salary of $22/hour. The candidate must be aware that this work load will be
spread unevenly  in the course of the year. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Applications are due no later than June 4, 2018 and should be sent in confidence to Meike
Wernicke, VWGS President at  meike, wernicke@ubc.ca. Applications should include: (1) a letter
of application in English outlining  the candidate’s qualifications; (2) candidate’s curriculum
vitae. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide names of three referees who can
comment on the candidate’s qualifications.
16 May 2018
May 16, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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German Choreographer Irene Schneider in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – Coastal City Ballet closes its 2017/18 season with the remount of Irene Schneider’s ballet, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, May 19 at Vancouver Playhouse and June 8 at Surrey Arts Centre. Set to the exquisite music of Felix Mendelssohn, this full-length ballet, which premiered in 2013, will showcase the talents of the Lower Mainland’s finest young dancers in their season finale.

Main Couple with FairiesCommissioned from Schneider, former Artistic Director of Germany’s Magdeburg Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of more than 60 original dance works developed by the choreographer for ballet companies and opera houses around the world. Created for families and children of all ages, this adventurous performance features lavish sets, spritely costumes, and a delightful score.

There are still tickets available, which can be purchased here to watch the performance in Vancouver on Saturday, May 19th at 8 pm:  https://www.vtixonline.com/event.php?event_id=1146

Or, you can visit this website to see the ballet in Surrey on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8 pm:  https://tickets.surrey.ca/TheatreManager/1/online?performance=4408:

Whole Cast

About Coastal City Ballet (coastalcityballet.com)
Coastal City Ballet is a repertory ballet company, based in Vancouver, that provides performance opportunities for emerging dancers, both Canadian and international. Coastal City Ballet’s repertoire ranges from original story ballets to classical and commissioned contemporary works by established international choreographers.

Since its conception in September 2011, Coastal City Ballet has successfully presented thirteen productions to audiences in greater Vancouver and Regina, Saskatchewan including six full-length story ballets as well as the staging of classical excerpts and commissioned world premieres and choreographies by Wen Wei Wang, Ben Stevenson, Joshua Beamish, Erica Trivett, Farley Johansson, and Artistic Director, Li Yaming, among others.

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About Irene Schneider (in German from her website)

  • Geboren 1942 in Metz Frankreich
  • 1956-1962 Studium Ballett und Tanzpädagogik Ballettfachschule Roleff-King, München, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Mannheim und bei Nora Kiss und Victor Gsovsky, Paris.
  • 1962-1973 Engagements am Nationaltheater Mannheim, Stuttgarter Ballett unter John Cranko und Frankfurter Ballett unter John Neumeier.
  • 1973- 1977 Pädagogin an der John Cranko Akademie Stuttgart.
  • 1977- 1992 Ballettdirektorin und Chefchoreographin am Theater Heidelberg, Theater Ulm, Theater Krefeld- Mönchengladbach
  • 1992-2006 Ballettdirektorin und Chefchoreographin, Theater Magdeburg. 1993-2014 Leiterin der Theaterballettschule Magdeburg.
  • Arbeit als Freie Choreographin am Theater Luzern, Schweiz, Theater Rostock, Theater Kiel, Theater Gießen, Fukuj und Kanazawa, Japan , Brasilia, Brasilien, Sofia, Bulgarien und Vancouver, Kanada.

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LISTING INFORMATION:

Vancouver Date: May 19, 8pm
Address:  Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver,
Ticket Prices:Adults: $29.95-$59.95,
Students/Seniors/Groups 10+: $19.95-$49.95 BCvtixonline.com

Address: Box office: Surrey Arts Centre,13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BCtickets.surrey.ca
Date: June 8, 8pm
Ticket Prices: : Adults: $40, Students/Seniors: $30, Groups 10+: $25

Website:coastalcityballet.com

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HELP WANTED!

We are looking for a passionate German Customer Success Representative who will be responsible for developing customer communication and monitoring website activity to ensure a high quality, consistent customer experience.  This role will report into the Director of Customer Success.

Our ideal candidate has superb written and verbal communication skills; excellent grammar, vocabulary, syntax — both English and German. Preference will be given to candidates fluent in other language(s). We’re looking for candidates with excellent decision making skills, high attention to detail, and the ability to multitask and manage time effectively in order to meet required email response times. Post-secondary education is preferred, but not a requirement.

You will need to be willing to commit to a Sunday – Thursday schedule as well as work some weekends and overtime.

For more information, please click here:  More Info

Please contact Melanie:  melanie.scarth@gmail.com

She will forward your application letter and resume to the appropriate channels.

14 May 2018
May 14, 2018

Kölnisch Wasser Giveaway

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Sent in from a reader:

HI! I have 13 little glass bottles (10ml) of 4711 Kölnisch Wasser to gift away for Mother’s day!
( I got them from my own mom, but don’t really have use for it, so I would like to pass them on to people who do!)

4711 is a traditional German Eau de Cologne by Mäurer & Wirtz. Because it has been produced in Cologne since at least 1799, it is allowed to use the geographical indication Original Eau de Cologne. The brand has been expanded to various other perfumes and products besides the original Echt Kölnisch Wasser, which has used the same formula for more than 200 years.

Several months ago, Eric Spoeth from Edmonton contacted me to let me know that he had written and filmed a movie and would be showing it in Vancouver on April 8th, 2018. I agreed to promote the film in my “Das Schwarze Brett” magazine and on this blog. We even traded ad space. He received a half-page ad and I was able to see my 30-second advertising spot on the big screen.

Here is a picture of film director Erich Spoeth, with one of the “stars” of the show. His mother, Erika, was the youngest of 4 children, born towards the end of the war. She had two older sisters (Alwine & Altertine aka Tina) and one brother (Wiegand). This movie was the story of them being forced to flee the USSR in 1944 and end up staying in a house in a small village along the way. That is the last time the children saw their father alive. Baby Erika was only 1 year old.

Here are two of the young people waiting out front in the line up and the three teenagers sitting together in the theatre.  One of these girls was born in Germany, one was born in Vancouver to a German father and one was born to a German mother. Each of them had a reason to attend this film.  To learn about their heritage.  To learn historical facts from a German-citizen-born-outside Germany perspective (Volksdeutsche) and to be a part of the German Community here in Vancouver.

After the event in the lobby

Here is one of the young ladies raising her hand to ask a question in the Q & A season after the film was over.  The questions were typical ones you might expect:  How did you end up in Canada?  What made you decide to make the film? Where was the story filmed?

The main thing when talking it over with some of the youngest audience members was hearing how this story was all new to them. Only one out of 3 had heard a little bit about this turbulent time in history, when Germans living in the USSR and other territories were caught up in the violence of war and forced to leave their homes, sometimes in the dead of winter, forever.

The girl who knew about Russian Germans had an  Oma (grandmother) who came from Bessarabia, a place where Germans had been invited to live by Katarina the Great and had built prosperous farms and villages over 150 years. World War II changed everything. First, they had been forced to leave their homes in 1941, and had been relocated to West Prussia.  Then, they had been overrun by Soviets and again, where forced to leave a place they had just gotten used to. But at least, the Bessarabians had been relocated as one group and had even arranged to stay in the same relocation camps as one united group during the war.

Unlike having woman and children, as well as entire families, separated as men were either fighting in the war, working for the war effort or supporting their families with long-distance work.  The women, the children, the elderly were the ones who made the escapes in the big so-called “Trek”.  That is what happened to the Zernickel family.  Just as the father left, the mother and her four young children were forced to leave.  Helene tried everything she could to stall, to wait, so that Waldemar could catch up with her, but alas.

Waiting for Waldemar never does come up with an answer to the question:  Where is Waldemar?   Instead, he has been missing since 1944. Nobody ever found out where he went or what happened to him.  There is nothing they would like better than to see him one more time.  Talk to him one more time.  Spend some time with him, listening to his music, his piano, his singing…  If Waldemar Zernickel was alive today, he would be 105 years old, but that wouldn’t matter. The movie did its part by pulling in the audience and letting us feel the anguish, the loss, the pain, as well as the hope and belief that kept them going.

I can recommend everyone to watch this movie and be transformed by the story.  As ordinary Germans who just wanted to be together, to enjoy family life, to play piano, and eat farm fresh food and who were caught up in events beyond their control.  Yet they still came out of it with the knowledge that “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Waiting for Waldemar is a moving 45-minute film about a family that escaped to Germany from Russia during the Second World War. Erika and her brother Wiegand, who were only babies when their father Waldemar disappeared during the escape and are now in their 70’s, combine fragments of memories and third-hand testimonies to paint a picture of the man that meant – and means – so much to them. Waiting for Waldemar is a bittersweet affirmation that love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Eric Spoeth has directed two full length documentaries and a dozen short films. His work includes working as an Assistant Director on The Matrix, Cut Bank, Blackstone, and other film and TV productions across Alberta.

You can buy the movie on the website:  http://www.spoeth.com/wfw.html

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