An introduction: the coordinator of many things – Paula Hay

9 Sep , 2017  

Online Deutsch Competition | Brisbane German Week.
Paula Hay started teaching German about three decades ago. She is firstly a German teacher, having started in a secondary school before moving to teach in multiple primary schools over the last 30 years. Due to her love and passion to the language Paula soon added the role of President of German Teachers’ Branch of Qld to her daily life. This is a voluntary role in which she organises teacher workshops in Queensland, seminars and conferences as well as student activities across school and community events. She has held this position since the foundation of the Branch 12 years ago.


Paula represents the Goethe Institute Australia in Queensland. On the right, she is with Director Sonja Griegoschewski at the farewell function of former Honorary Consul, Prof Michael Schütz. Paula coordinates Goethe events and teacher meetings as well as student workshops in the state. Among those is the three-day event ‘Student Zootage’ at Lone Pine Sanctuary. As a member of the Goethe Institute Multiplikatoren teaching team she assists the growing network of German teachers in Queensland.

Paula is also one of the chaperone escorts for the Department of Education Swiss/German – Queensland Student Exchange Program, which enables over 50 students to experience a nine-week homestay in a European country.


Paula works closely with the German Honorary Consul as an active member of the German Language Roundtable ‘Runder Tisch der deutschen Sprache’. As part of this Roundtable Paula volunteered to organise the Online Deutsch Competition. This event is open to all schools that teach the German language across Queensland and even stretching outside the state’s border, as well as the school of distant education.


As part of the Brisbane German Week, initiated by the Honorary Consul Professor Michael Rosemann, Paula organises the Student Language Competition for the second time this year. Held over 10 days, registered students are invited to participate in a competition to demonstrate online their language knowledge. Winners are announced at the Oktoberfest for Teens event – the Brisbane German Week activity goes digital!!


Paula is a committee member of the German Australian Community Centre of Qld (GACCQ), whose key role is in supporting the Honorary Consul of Queensland. Through GACCQ she has supported and represented at many culturally significant events of the Honorary Consul over the past few years.


Paula is the coordinator of the largest German language event, and in fact the largest schools’ event in Australia: Oktoberfest for Teens. With a terrific team of support, Paula coordinates this event since its creation in 2008, when Oktoberfest Brisbane was born and when Louise Moller was also coordinating this students’ festival together with Paula until 2016. Over 2000 students of German, accompanied by hundreds of teachers and parents, descend on the Oktoberfest Brisbane site at the Brisbane Showgrounds for one day to celebrate all things German – language, food, traditional performances of dance, singalongs, quizzes and of course ….food! Our piece of traditional Bavaria in Brisbane.


Paula is a member of the Brisbane German Club Alpenrosen Dance Group and Bellringers, performing throughout Queensland and interstate. Furthermore, she is a long-term organiser of the Kinderkarneval and Kinder Christmas party at the Brisbane German Club.


Along the way, Paula is very proud of her achievements in raising three wonderful sons, who share her love of German, Germany and travel.

Continue your wonderful work, Paula. We are blessed to have you among us!


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