History - Another brick in the wall

13th November 2009 at 00:00

Today, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bishopbriggs Academy in East Dunbartonshire is staging a symbolic re-enactment of the dramatic event.

Bishopbriggs is the partner school in Scotland of the Goethe-Institut and has developed strong cultural ties with Germany.

This cross-curricular project involved staff and pupils from the history and modern studies, art and design, and modern languages departments.

Depute head Moira Carbery explained that staff and pupils in the art department had produced a papier mache model of the Berlin Wall (not to scale, she stressed) which pupils studying German had tagged with graffiti. History and modern studies students have been researching the events leading up to the fall of the wall.

Today's presentation to an audience, including the Consul General of Germany, will depict the events of 20 years ago, with pupils re-enacting the reunion of German people from either side of the divide; some will perform poetry in German and others will present the results of their research in English.

"For the past month, we have had a countdown using replica bricks outside the history department. Each day, a brick is turned over which tells you a bit more about the lead-up to and the social climate at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall," said Ms Carbery.

Over the past week, a series of short films and newsreels have been shown during intervals and lunchtimes.


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