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News and Reports

Students learning German have many opportunities to use and develop their language skills.

Scroll down to find good news stories for and about students of German (incl. results of competitions) and links to news media websites



VCE Scaling Report

Find out how choosing German advantages your ATAR score in Year 12. Not all subjects are treated equally!



Exchanges, Scholarships and Awards

The Expression of Interest forms for the AGTV-BJR Exchange open in Term 1 each year.

SAGSE are always looking for host families (Yrs 10 to 12) and applications for scholarships (Years 11 and 12) are usually due in May.

The Goethe-Institut/AGTV Year 10 Awards applications are due in March.


Competitions for Students

Competitions will come online throughout the year.

Scroll down on this page for results from previous competitions


International Qualifications for Students of German

Internationally recognised certificates can be achieved by students through the Goethe-Institut in Australia.

Assessment can be conducted in your school by arrangement in some cases. This is a wonderful opportunity and well worth pursuing to promote your language program.

This is opportunity is not available in other languages. Contact your local Goethe-Institut for information about these exams. Visit the GI central website for an overview:

Why not attend one of the classes for students at the Goethe-Instiut for young people.




Read about how learning German can open doors to new experiences and success.


AGTV Years 5 to 9 Poetry State Final Results


AGTV Kunst und Poesie Winners


AGTV Chor des Jahres

This competition was first held in 2015.

2018 Chor des Jahres

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran PS - Primary Prize
  • Little Yarra Steiner School - Secondary Prize

2017 Chor des Jahres

  • Oxley College - First Prize Weihnachts- or Volkslied
  • Good News Lutheran College - Frist Prize Open Choral

2016 Chor des Jahres

  • Little Yarra Steiner School - First Prize
  • Mentone Girls GS - Best Weihnachtslied Prize
  • Viewbank College - Best Volkslied Prize
  • German Language School Temple Society Australia - Primary Prize

2015 Chor des Jahres Winners

  • Ensemble Under 10 - Donvale Christian College
  • Ensemble Over 10 - Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School


AGTV Song des Jahres Competition

Students write a song in German and produce a CD cover. (formerly Deutsch roX)

Past Winning Songs

  • 2018 - Group: "Schatten in der Dunkelheit" - EEET, Box Hill HS
  • 2017 - Solo: "Das Lernen" - Yung Rang,  Little Yarra Steiner School
  • 2016 - Group: "Welt nicht zu verlieren" - German Band at Caulfield Grammar School
  • 2016 - Solo: "Lass Herzen im Takt bleiben" - Alexis Warden - Oberon HS
  • 2015 - "Lern es, leb es, lieb es! - Year 10 students at Oberon High School
  • 2014 - 'Wir werden' - Year 10 students at CLC in Eltham
  • 2013 - ' Das Wochenende' - Year 10 students from Oberon HS in Geelong
  • 2012 - Michael from Vermont SC
  • 2011 - Ilaria, Sarah, Leeah, Jaimi and Caitlin from CLC Eltham


AGTV Competition - Werbespot

This competition was offered for the first time in 2015.

2018: Membership drive for a sporting club in DACHL

  • First Prize Secondary - Oberon HS: Handball
  • First Prize Primary - Carrum PS: Plogging
  • Second Prize Secondary - Donvale Christian College: Ritterspiele
  • Second Prize Primary - Donvale Christian College: Fußball - Bayern München
  • Third Prize - Secondary - Geelong Lutheran College: Kegeln
  • Third Prize - Primary - Horsham West PS: Australischer Fußball 

2017: Promoting an invention from a DACHL country

  • First Prize - Emmaus College: Chlorodont Zahnpasta
  • Second Prize - Oberon HS: Fanta
  • Third Prize - Caulfield GS: Haribo

2016: Advertise a product or service for young people

  • First Prize - Little Yarra Steiner School: Esssofort
  • Second Prize - Heatmont College: Glücklich-Schokolade
  • Third Prize - Viewbank College: SPI Schulprodukte Inc.
  • Creative Editing - Viewbank College: Machen Schön

2015 Topic: Choose German

  • Winner Team: Frau Wurst GmbH - Oberon HS
  • Runner-Up: Schlange Enterprises - Viewnbank College


Goethe-Institut / AGTV Scholarships and Awards

Winner of the major prize of a 3-week holiday course in January in Germany

Applications close in March

  • 2019 - Mitchell Cann - Vermont SC
  • 2018 - Jack Iacovangelo - Caulfield GS
  • 2017 - MIchael Hough - Brentwood SC (Year 11)
  • 2016 - Taraneh (Tara) Keshavarz - The University High School
  • 2015 - Awar Awo - Hillcrest Christian College
  • 2014 - Jack Ferry - Westbourne Grammar School
  • 2013 - Alex Shem - Bright P-12 College
  • 2012 - Hayley Major - Luther College
  • 2011 - Eli Ivey -  Bendigo South East College and Emily Danes - Vermont SC
  • 2010 - Lachlan Douglass - Oberon HS
  • 2009 - Jacqueline Da Costa - MacRobertson Girls' HS and Holly Sizer - Mirboo North SC
  • 2008 - Caitlyn Dunstan - Sebastopol SC
  • 2007 - Naomi Kerber - Dimboola Memorial SC
  • 2006 - Josh McInnes - Oberon HS
  • 2005 - Molly Herben - Rainbow SC and Samuel Chatwin - Mooroolbark SC
  • 2004 - Jacinta Phelps - Melton SC


Winners of the AGTV SAGSE Scholarship

The AGTV has sponsored a SAGSE Scholarship since 1979.

Information about this scholarship program founded in 1967 on the SAGSE Website

  • 2018 - Suzanna Batzakis - Mount Waverley SC
  • 2017 - Bridget Kennedy - Viewbank College
  • 2016 - Astro Spiller - VSL Distance Ed (College of the Arts)
  • 2015 - Matthew Atherton - VSL Distance Ed (Timboon P-12 College)
  • 2014 - Michelle Roberts - VSL Distance Ed (Corryong College)
  • 2013 - Amber Hanson - Oberon HS
  • 2012 - Brittany Wren - Dimboola Memorial SC
  • 2011 - Gemma O'Hara - Billanook College
  • 2010 - Harrison Watt - Heathmont College
  • 2009 - Henry Paez - Castlemaine SC
  • 2008 - Lauren Cahill - Mount Eliza SC
  • 2007 - Andrew Madden - Oberon HS
  • 2006 - Josh McKie - Melbourne GS
  • 2005 - Alecia Black - Marist-Sion College


Language Perfect World Championships

Students from around the world compete in this award-winning, international online competition. An entry fee usually applies.

AGTV member schools compete for the AGTV LP Cup - and special prizes for primary schools.


  • 2018 - McKinnon Secondary College - World Champion for German

Highest Average Score: Geckos German Community School Melbourne

Highes Primary School Result: Springvale PS

  • 2017 - McKinnon Secondary College

Highest Primary School Result - Spring Gully PS

  • 2016  - McKinnon Secondary College
  • 2016 - Special Primary School Awards - Spring Gully PS
  • 2015 - Viewbank College
  • 2015 - Special Primary School Awards - Spring Gully PS
  • 2014 - Viewbank College + World Champions for German
  • 2013 - Viewbank College


Goethe-Institut School Film Competition

The AGTV have sponsored prizes for the GI School Film Festival since its foundation in 2002 until 2017. There was no competition in 2018.

In 2019, the GI changed the name of the competition to Goethe-Institut School Film Festival. The AGTV will sponsor a Special Prize for Victoria.

Congratulations to Box Hill HS for the 2011 film Alle Wege führen nach Rom winning the Most Outstanding Film in 10 years of the competition in Victoria at the 2012 School Film Festival in Melbourne.




Listen and read about the news in German. Reports are drawn from various sources. You can research topics with the search engine for Blinde Kuh and much more - in German.

News, games etc

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News and Information about Sport

Deutsche Welle

Learn about Germany through Slow German Podcasts with transcripts.

European Green Capital Awards

Online newspaper (plus much more) for younger students in Germany. Great for learners of German, the articles are brief and cover a range of topics and are archived from A to Z.

Online magazine for younger readers but also easier reading for older readers

Find out what is going on in Germany for young people.

Daily Blog of Cultural Information

Hilfe! Ich verstehe nicht.

Need help with understanding the news in German? Learn common vocabulary used.



SBS Radio German Program

Listen to German radio streaming online, through the SBS App or on your radio.

You can also contribute to a regular segment called Jungendmailbox and share your thoughts and opinions - in German of course. Ask your teacher how?


World Premiere: JUGENDMAILBOX on SBS Radio 2011

An opportunity for students to hear their voices on the airways about topics that are of interest or concern to them. Ask your teacher how to become involved in the JUGENDMAILBOX project.


GDO - German Day Out July 2011


BLOG by a Victorian Student on the BJR Exchange 2010-2011

A personal Blog from a student beginning with hosting and then her experiences on exchange and beyond: 


SAGSE Scholarship De-Briefing in March 2012

Gemma O'Hare, the recipient of the AGTV sponsored Society for Australian-German Student Exchange scholarship in 2011, spoke very well at the De-Briefing held at Scotch College. The De-Briefing is where the scholarship winners formally report on their experiences to their sponsors and the public, including students interested in applying. 


Blasts from the Pasts

Primary students wrote Elfchen poems after the Primary German Day Out at the Zoo in 2008.


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