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Where are they now? - Issue 11

Ishara Fernando went on her exchange 11 years ago.  Looking back, what a big deal it was to live with strangers, in a whole other family dynamic and culture. "I was met with a single long-stemmed rose", Ishara recalls when she was greeted at Hamburg Airport (see photo on the left).  After finishing her studies in Melbourne and entering a graduate program at one of the big 4 banks, Ishara and her partner took a career break, traveled Europe and lived in Germany before returning to Melbourne (see photo on the right).

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Where are they now? - Issue 10

 

A look into our past, present and future

 

This month's publication offers a look back to just before the turn of the millennium. Ben van Poppel grew up in the tiny town of Glengarry in Gippsland, where he completed his VCE over 3 years in nearby Traralgon. He hosted Christian Weber from Berlin through SAGSE. As Christian thus became accustomed to living with a blind person, he then offered to host Ben, when he was subsequently offered a scholarship.

 

Ben is pictured, on the left, with fellow stipi Louisa Willoughby, about to depart Germany to return to Australia, and, on the right, with son Max.

 

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Joint GDANSA-SAGSE Statement

A joint statement by GDANSA and SAGSE

Today we write to you to announce the cancellation of our Australian student exchange scheduled to take place in Germany from November 2020 to February 2021

 

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Where are they now? - Issue 9

 

A look into our recent and more distant past!

 

In this month's publication we turn our attention to Lesley Kehoe, who was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award for contribution to Australia-Japan cultural relations in 2019. Her professional life has focussed on Japanese art, please take a moment to view her website here.

 

 

 

On the left, Lesley is enjoying a Fasching celebration.  On the right, Lesley is pictured receiving her Commendation from the Japanese Consul General Mr Matsunaga Kazuyoshi.

 


 

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Where are they now? - Issue 8

 

A look into our past, present and future

 

This month's publication offers a look back to our 50th anniversary Gala Dinner in 2017 at the MCG, where Andrew Holden was one of our MCs. At the time he was living in Melbourne, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Age. Currently Andrew lives in New Zealand, and whilst in lockdown recently he dug up some old photos of GASS Australia camps in 1984 and answered our interview questions. Click below to see Andrew's interview on our website.

 

Photos: Andrew is pictured at a winter camp (left) and interviewing Christine Carolan of the 1967 'Jahrgang' at the SAGSE 50th anniversary gala dinner.


 

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Where are they now? - Issue 7

A look into our past, present and future

Some of our Victorian scholarship recipients invariably study German at Melbourne University. Here they are bound to encounter a former Stipi and the subject of this month's edition, Dr Heather Benbow. Heather is also a member of our SAGSE Committee. She is pictured (centre) whilst on exchange in Germany nearly 30 years ago, with fellow Victorian Stipis Rob Phair and Susan Powell.


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Where are they now? - Issue 6

As the world enters a phase in which the SAGSE Exchange from Germany to Australia is suspended for the first time in 53 years, we continue to look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from these years. Today we go almost right back to our origins and I have great pleasure in introducing you to Rennaissance man Ian Gibbins, who went on his exchange 50 years ago! 

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Message from our Patron, The Hon. Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria

 

Message from HE the Governor
of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC
and Mr Anthony Howard AM, QC

 

It has certainly been a difficult start to the year, with parts of our State so heavily affected by bushfires and now the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19.
First and foremost, we care about the health and well-being of all Victorians and hope that those associated with our Patronages are safe and well cared for. We all need to stay across the advice of our health authorities, which are constantly updated and can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and www.health.gov.au.

 

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SBS German Radio - Interview SAGSE Austausch

GDANSA and SAGSE jointly decided to suspend the inbound international student exchange for German students scheduled to arrive in Australia in June 2020 (see joint statement by GDANSA and SAGSE: click here to read statement).

SBS German Radio interviewed SAGSE for further details.  Listen to the SBS Radio interview here.

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Joint GDANSA and SAGSE Statement

A joint statement to the GDANSA and SAGSE Communities.

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Where are they now? - Issue 5

 

 

A look into our past, present and future

 

As the 12 Victorian recipients of 2019/20 settle back into school or university in Australia, we continue to take a look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from the past 52 years. Today we look at Lisa Haintz, who has called Europe home for many years; Belgium, Germany and now Switzerland!

 

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Where are they now? - Issue 4

Our SAGSE scholarship recipients of 2019/20 are settled in over in Germany, and have by now attended winter camp and done their free travel. We continue to take a look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from the past 52 years. Today we have a special treat for you, in former Federal Minister for Health and Attorney General, Ms Nicola Roxon.

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Where are they now? - Issue 3

As the 12 Victorian recipients of 2019 are settled in over in Germany, trying to keep warm as they visit Christmas markets, we continue to take a look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from the past 52 years. Today we look at one of our own, SAGSE Committee member Mr Michael Pearce SC.
When Michael went on his exchange Willy Brandt was German Chancellor. It was a very different Germany and Europe to the one our current stipis are experiencing.

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Where are they now? - Issue 2

The 'Jahrgang' of 2019 has been presented with their scholarships, and as the 12 Victorian recipients prepare to embark on their experience, we continue to take a look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from the past 52 years. Today we catch up with Professor Elizabeth Hartland. Liz is the Director and CEO of Hudson Institute of Medical Research, and the Head of the Department of Molecular and Translational Science at the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

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Where are they now? - Issue 1

 

As SAGSE prepares to present this year's cohort with their exchange scholarships at the SAGSE Award Dinner and Gala Night, we start to take a look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from the past 52 years. We start with Colin Truslove, who went on the second year of exchange in 1969/70 (Photos: Colin in Wuerzburg in 1970 and today).  Read an interview with Colin here ...

 

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2019 Gala Dinner and Award Night

Tickets for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Scholarship Award Night are available for sale now. Book now to secure your ticket via the SAGSE Gala Dinner ticket link.

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2019 Scholarship Applications in VICTORIA

Application for the 2019 SAGSE scholarship to travel and live in a host family from late November 2019 to about February 2020 are open now!

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2018/19 Scholarship Recipients Present Exchange Reports

 

The 2018/19 SAGSE scholarship recipients presented details about their scholarship experiences at the SAGSE Debrief kindly hosted at the Fraser-Smith Theatre at the Scott College Hawthorn campus.

 

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Wintercamp and Free Travel 2019

Halfway into their three month exchange with SAGSE, our Australia and New Zealand scholarship winners (Stipis) have enjoyed a four-night camp in Dessau, organised by GASS Germany, as well as a week of independent travel around Germany. This period of the exchange is an experience unique to the SAGSE exchange, and the Stipis have enjoyed every moment of it! Click below for photos of the last few weeks.

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2018 SAGSE Gala Recap

Congratulations to this year's Victorian Scholarship Winners: On Friday 12th October, the 2018 winners were awarded their scholarships at the SAGSE Annual Gala Dinner hosted at Leonda By The Yarra in Hawthorn in the presence of teachers, sponsors, former scholarship recipients and other distinguished guests from Germany and Australia.

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2018 Gala Dinner and Scholarship Award Night

Tickets for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Scholarship Award Night are available for sale now.  Book now to secure your ticket via the SAGSE Gala Dinner ticket link.

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2018 Exchange Students

The 2018 exchange students have departed Frankfurt, Germany and safely arrived in Melbourne, Australia.  After a long flight the students were welcomed by their host families and host siblings and are now looking forward to an eventful exchange in Australia.

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German Embassy and GDANSA at Gala Dinner

Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Gerda Winkler of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canberra and Dr Martin Liebermann, President of GDANSA, the partner organisation of SAGSE in Germany (photo top right) were guest of honour at the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Melbourne.

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50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

SAGSE celebrated 50 years of Australian-German student exchange in October at the MCG in Melbourne.  Alongside students from all years since the beginning, the 2017/18 recipients were awarded their scholarship.

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Welcome to the 2017 SAGSE Newsletter

Welcome to the SAGSE Newsletter.  2017 saw the 50-year anniversary events in Melbourne and Hamburg celebrating half a century of student exchange between Australia and Germany.

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The First Jahrgang Report - 50 Years Anniversary

Andrew Holden, co-MC of the 2017 Gala Dinner interviews two of the 1968 recipients, Christine Carolan and Michael Little on the evening at the MCG.  Michael provides an insightful account of his time in Germany and his memories of the SAGSE founder, Fritz von Einem Joosten. 

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1st Year Student Report

Reflecting on events one year after going to Germany, on behalf of the 2016/17 Jahrgang, John Fitzgerald describes the impressions the exchange left on him and his fellow stipis in his speech at the 2017 Gala Dinner at the MCG.

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Stipis depart Australia and New Zealand ... arrive in Germany

The 2017/18 scholarship recipients departed from airports in New Zealand and Australia have landed in Germany and arrived in their host families.

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2017 SAGSE Scholarship Recipients

The 2017 Victorian recipients were awarded their SAGSE scholarship on 13 October 2017 at the MCG in Melbourne.  Almost 400 guests of students, sponsors, parents, teachers, corporates, family and friends celebrated the 50th anniversary of Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange founded in 1967 in Melbourne.

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SAGSE Annual Gala Presentation Evening 2017

Tickets now on sale!

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the organisation. The Annual Gala will this year be held at the MCG to celebrate 50 years achievement and congratulate the scholarship winners of 2018.

For further details please visit 

http://www.sagse.org.au/sagse-annual-gala-presentation-evening-2017

or contact Holly at banquet.vic@sagse.org.au for corporate and group enquiries. 

 

 

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2017 German Exchange Students On Their Way

Leaving Germany for Australia and New Zealand, the first group of German exchange students of 2017 met at Frankfurt Airport to take their flights bound for Melbourne and Sydney.  Those students with host families in New South Wales and Victoria were welcomed at the airport by their host families and host siblings.  Students traveling on to Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand were welcomed by former exchange students of the German Australia Student Society  (GASS) before continuing their journey.

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2017 AGA-Goethe Fellowship

 

Applications for the AGA-Goethe Fellowship are now open until 4 June 2017.  The AGA-Goethe Fellowship is an annual award supporting young tertiary qualified Australians to undertake a research project in Germany and report on their work on returning to Australia.

 

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President of German Bundestag at SAGSE Gala Dinner

SAGSE awarded the 2016 scholarships to the recipients from Victoria at a very enjoyable Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony held in the presence of the President of the German Bundestag, Dr. Norbert Lammert and the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr. Anna Prinz.

 

 

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2017 marks SAGSE 50th Anniversary

Do not forget to mark your calendar: In 2017, SAGSE will cellebrate its 50th Anniversary since in 1967 Fritz von Einem Joosten founded the organization in Melbourne.

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First Year Student Report

Reflecting on events one year after going to Germany, on behalf of the 2015/16 Jahrgang, Chelsea Dutt describes the impressions the exchange left on her and her fellow stipis in her speech at the Gala Dinner.

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1976 Exchange Students reunite

Scholarship winners who travelled to Germany in 1976 reunited for their 40th anniversary at this year's SAGSE Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony.

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Newsletter Welcome Message

Looking back on 2016, SAGSE has seen a number of important developments through the year.

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2016 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year's Victorian Scholarship Recipients: On Friday 14th October, the 2016 winners were awarded their scholarships at the SAGSE Annual Gala Dinner hosted at the Park Hyatt Melbourne in the presence of the President of the Bundestag, Prof. Norbert Lammert, the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr. Anna Prinz and other distinguished guests from Germany and Australia.

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SAGSE Students arrive in Germany

 

This year’s SAGSE student group has arrived in Germany. After a long trip representatives of GDANSA Germany welcomed the group from Australia and New Zealand at Frankfurt Airport in Germany before students traveled to the destinations of their host families.

 

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Host Families for 2017

Applications from interested families to host a Germany exchange student in 2017 are now open.  Families from all regions across NSW, ACT and VIC are welcome to apply.  The second round of applications are now open!


 



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German Day Out

The German Day Out at Melbourne City Town Hall organised by the Goethe Institut and the Association of German Teachers of Victoria (AGTV) again was a great success.  Hundreds of school students who study German in school learned about the many opportunities that learning the language provides.

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Passing of Detlef Kramer †

SAGSE remembers Detlef Kramer, past Federal President of the Society passing away earlier this year after long illness.  In his role, Detlef established a close relationship between interstate committees and with the reciprocal society in Germany.  Our thoughts are with his wife Wendy and the entire family. 

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The Status of German Language Education in Victoria

SAGSE is unique in offering school students learning German a lengthy, funded stay in Germany. The scholarship offers benefits for students’ German language skills, social competency and

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Stewart Morrison

As a 2002-2003 SAGSE Scholarship Winner (Allianz), my days as a “Gassie” are numbered, and I am now almost certainly an OLGAss (old GASSie) or more formally, a member of the SAGSE Alumni.

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Egon Vetter

At the SAGSE AGM earlier this year, Egon Vetter retired from the SAGSE Committee after fifteen years of dedicated service as the President

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Das NETZwerk

Das NETZwerk connects members of SAGSE and the Australian-German Association (AGA) to build relationships and promote personal growth through shared experiences.

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2015 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulate this years Victorian Scholarship recipients: Following the award dinner at the 2015 banquet hosted at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, the winners left for Germany in November 2015 and returned to Australia in February 2016 ...read more

Welcome Message

Welcome to the first online SAGSE newsletter.

Following the retirement of Egon Vetter at the AGM, I was given the honor and responsibility to continue working with the scholarship exchange organization which started here in Melbourne in 1967. 

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Archived Newsletters

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