AvH Inaugurates its Outdoors Sports Facility
On Friday, September 20, 2013 AvH German International School celebrated the beginning of the new school year with a BBQ for all students, family and friends of the school. Delicious food was served; potato salad and bread generously donated by Dagwood’s, as well as authentic German sausages and pretzels from a local bakery. Several parents had baked mouth-watering cakes. It was the last day of summer and we could not have asked for better weather.
At the centre of the event was the inauguration of the new outdoors sports facility, funded in part by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Friends of the German School. The new facility now completes the school’s sports and recess program; it features a play area with a new swing set, a multi-purpose court with basketball hoops, continental handball goals, equipped for small ball games, a four-lane racing track with a long jump pit and an improved junior size natural turf soccer field.
The ceremony started off with a few words by Alex Habrich, President of the AvH Board of Directors, followed by Principal Thomas Linse and the deputy consul general of the German Consulate General in Montreal, Barbara de Tschaschell. Dr. Jörg Klinkert, the former Principal of the school and Katharina Oetjen a long-time volunteer and board member, cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility. Parents and students, friends and family, young and old participated in fun and entertaining activities organized by the AvH sports teachers. There was a parachute game for the little ones, a relay race and a basketball competition. As a special highlight, the school had the honour of welcoming great junior athletes from the West Island Track and Field Club. Together with their coach Paul Charron they demonstrated what they do best: hurdles and sprints. What a fitting way to show off our brand new running track!
Glorious weather, good food and lots of laughter created perfect conditions for a wonderful event.