peterLP

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  1. @GoldenLizard - I will concur with most of what @MikeMelga says. I would also suggest that you keep a positive mental attitude to the whole experience - your children will rely on you for this, and it will help them!!     I will share some of my story(and some opinions) in the hope that it helps you.   By way of background, I am an Australian and we moved to Germany 3 years ago - to Dortmund. We have now lived just south of Munich for a bit over a year. We have 2 daughters. We have no German ancestry, and my daughters spoke zero German when we arrived. They were 6 and 8 yrs old. Both went to Grundschule (primary school). Both were fluent in German before the end of the first year. Kids between 4 and 10 (generally) are "soaks" for languages, so this will be much easier for them than you. Plus, they speak German every minute at school, unlike me for example, hired partly on the basis of my english language skills; so my working day is 98% english (and for a German company).   During the 1st year of school we experienced local children with little social skills (like WOW !!) and a lot of bullying. This was so bad that I came home from work early one day and went straight to the school to speak to the Principal. Needless to say, we had some stern words about rights to personal safety in the EU, responsibility to protect children in the modern world etc etc. He was genuinely shocked that his PE teacher had lost control of her class so badly. But we got past this and by the time we moved to Bavaria, there were many heartfelt cards and gifts and "speeches" by teachers, parents and children alike.  Here in Bavaria, similar experience: children tend to have very little experience with socialising outside a small group, have almost zero direction from parents about how to welcome new people; and they generally behave in a brutish fashion. And the idea of "engagement" with students - as part of the teaching repertoire - is non-existent. So, in all, it is quite the opposite of more progressive systems in other countries... So, this is pretty much was Mike Melga said, right....? yep.   But, with support for your kids, and a clear message to the teachers that you are watching the progress of your kids, you will have a very good chance of succeeding brilliantly. Mine have, so yours can too.   My eldest is starting her first year in gymnasium in a few weeks - and she achieved an outstanding "entrance" score..in the top percentage of her class (yet she is an auslander). And from now on, the fact that she is fluent in 2 languages already makes learning the 3rd at gymnasium (French) so much easier. All her German friends have quite limited English skills - so now she is in a better position than most of her peers. This is particularly the case in light of the fact that her friends have only ever been to one school in their whole lives and now they are nervous about high school. My daughter is thinking " I've already been to one school in Australia and 3 schools here - so going to high school with people I already know is sooo easy". and she now knows a LOT more about how to make new friends.      Another "trick" is to continue to encourage your kids to hook up with other foreigners too. For us Australians, it is second nature - mostly cos all of us aussies are foreigners basically.   But we have seen that our daughters' friends have shown increasing interest in meeting our other non-German friends - works well! There are other australians, Indians and Brazilians, for example that we "hang with", and our German friends always want to know more about them.   ...so, you will be performing a valuable public service for Germany in bringing your kids here and adapting to, but also changing in a small way, the way things happen here.    overall, i am so, so, very, very happy that we moved here. It has been the brilliant growth and learning experience for my daughters and for my wife and I that we hoped for - and for the usual reasons: constant surprises, differences, and "left-field experiences"...   ...so I am very happy to connect and help in any way I can...i suggest we start with a beer or two. (double thumbs up on that)   ...anyway, hope this far-too-long-post helps 
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    Hi scyrus,   Firstly, let me say that German consumer law is quite backwards - behind the times, so to speak - so the usual circumstances means that you would be obliged to pay the full amount even though you will not be using the services. Where I come from, this situation was relegated to the Dark Ages. Anyway, with COVID impacting so many things, there might be hope for you - but don't hold your breath on this.   So, I suggest you contact this organisation - a consumer law centre - and see what they say. There will likely be a modest contribution required if they help you (€15-€20 or thereabouts), but it will be proper advice for you:  https://www.verbraucherzentrale-bayern.de/kontakt-by   good luck!