30th Anniversary of the Westside German School

Vancouver Westside German School

Vancouver, May 17, 2023 – On Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, the Vancouver Westside German School will finally be holding their 30th Anniversary Celebration in the form of a fundraiser. This exciting event will take place in the Austria Club Vancouver, which is actually located in Richmond by Westminster Highway. Tickets or donations are gratefully accepted on Zeffy, the first and only zero-free fundraising platform.

The school offers afternoon classes on Tuesday (Junior Classes) and Wednesday (Senior Classes) afternoons in the Prince of Wales Secondary School (PW School). It was founded in April 1992 by a group of parents, managed by Isolde Winter, the original principal and held in the Carnarvon Elementary School on the Westside of Vancouver until it moved to Lord Kitchener Elementary School and finally to where it is today.


This event will include a dinner (around $35), a silent auction, student presentations and a graduation ceremony. Perfect for those who are trying to decide whether or not to send their children to the Vancouver Westside German School. Perfect for family and friends of the graduating students and perfect for those who benefited from the high-quality German lessons and wish to pay it back. Supporting German Schools is a great way to ensure that there will still be German-speakers around for years to come.

If there are any former board members, former teachers, former students or former principals who would like to say a few words, please e-mail me at admin@westcoastgermannews.com and I will ensure that your words get published.

Congratulations to the Vancouver Westside German School! Covid really did a number on all of society and the German Community here in Vancouver was no exception. Many institutions and associations have closed forever, so we are grateful that you made it through.

by Elke Porter
Former Assistant/Teacher at the Vancouver Westside German School

About the Vancouver Westside German School

VWGS delivers a widely-recognized and high-quality language after-school program for German as a foreign language and German as a second language. Their small class sizes and their culture of inclusivity, caring and respect enables us to create a strong community of students, parents, teachers, and staff that transcends beyond school hours and into the wider community. The school has been serving the Vancouver community for over 30 years.

The school is governed by the VWGS Society, a registered non-profit organization represented by an elected board of directors (primarily parents), and managed by the School Principal and Administrator with the support of a team of dedicated, highly-qualified teachers and assistants. In addition to their school-related activities, The VWGS also organizes community events based on German-speaking cultural traditions such as the Lantern Festival/St Martin’s Day, Nikolaus or Fasching (carnival).

Here is a flyer you can share with your friends or family:

About the Austria Club Vancouver

The Austria Vancouver Club was founded by 18 Austrian immigrants and was registered in Victoria, capital of British Columbia) on December 16, 1971 under the Society Act of British Columbia. They wanted a space to practice and uphold Austrian traditions and language and became an Austrian cultural club open to all visitors. Currently, the club is usually open Friday evenings for a casual family night, where the Schnitzels and beverages are prepared and served by volunteers of all ages. They are also open every second Saturday evenings for dances and other activities like celebrating the Anniversary of a cultural institution like the Vancouver Westside German School.

Elke at the Austria Club
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