Brandenburg posters win school prizes

Bedford Girls' School pupils in Brandenburg Gate poster competition.
Bedford Girls' School pupils in Brandenburg Gate poster competition.

Pupils at Bedford Girls’ School pupils have won a series of prizes in a national competition where they had to portray the significance of the Brandenburg Gate.

The competition for groups across years 9 to 11 and sixth form categories, asked entrants to create an A1 poster of the gate.

Using text, in German, and images to depict the importance of Brandenburg Gate in either the past, present or future, four BGS groups were successful in winning Blackwell Bookshop vouchers.

Group A, Vicky Brakenbury, Phoebe Miles, Rea Pourawal and Emily Ratcliffe, and group B, Megan Harris and Jessamie Warwick, all year 9, drew particular praise from the judging panel.

Group A were commended for the selection of images used, which made reference to a broad sweep of history, while Group B impressed with their focus on the building of the gate, its dimensions and its aspects, with the historical perspective further developed through photos of the gate at key moments in Germany’s history.

Mrs Arrowsmith, German teacher at BGS, said: “It was a great competition for the girls to be involved in.

“It gave them plenty of food for thought as they undertook a lot of research into the Brandenburg Gate, and it gave them room to use their creativity in an activity different from what they’re normally used to in lessons.”

The event was run by the North East German Network (NEGN) – part of the Think German Initiative, set up by German departments at universities across the United Kingdom to promote the language and the culture of German-speaking countries.