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The concept of Culture can be defined in many aspects like history and literature, art galleries and museums, food or music and education. The way they eat, speak, spend free time, work, dress, learn and express emotions. Culture is the patterns of behavior and ways of thinking that people living in a particular social group learn and create.

German is one of the most important cultural languages. It was spoken and written by Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, Klimt and Einstein, and numerous other great artists and scientists. Many of the European culture have been written in the German language.

  • Literature (Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, Kafka)
  • Classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart)
  • Art (Kollwitz, Dürer, Klee, Kaninsky)
  • Psychology (Freud, Jung)
  • Philosophy (Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno)
  • Science (Einstein, Kepler, Röntgen, Planck, Virchow)

Germany is known as das Land der Dichter und Denker (The Land of Poets and Thinkers). Famous German poets include Goethe, Schiller and Heine. Poets in Jena and later in Berlin led Romanticism in the 19th century.

The German government has limited responsibilities for culture, which is devolved to the states of Germany, called Länder. Approximately 80% of the German population belong to a Christian denomination, of whom roughly half are Roman Catholic and half are Protestant that they have other Religious

German food varies from region to region, but concentrates on meat (especially sausage) and varieties of sweet dessert and and Stollen (a fruit cake).Germans also are famous for rye bread. Germany also produces a large quantity of beer, and (mostly white) wine, particularly Riesling, but also Müller-Thurgau and other varieties.


Satisfied Participants


Advisor Frau Freeman"The students in German Club are one big family! The club activities bond us. The German Club students are diverse and very accepting of each other. I love German Club. It rules!"

President Zakrey Hentzey: "I love German Club. German Club is, hands down, the best club at FHS. I have been in it now for 4 years. It has been the best time at FHS. We have many parties and field trips and it brings an atmosphere to everyone in the German Club that makes everyone feel welcome. If you take German, it is $1 to join. You won't regret it!"

Secretary Lance LaHanier: In the four years, I have always had fun, made friends, and ate a lot of food. German Club has made me happy to say Ich Liebe Deutsch Klub!"

Member Michael Novang"Deutsch Klub or German Club is the largest club on campus. The parties are sweet and Frau Freeman is a great teacher! The field trips are a blast and tons of fun. If you have German, you should consider joining as soon as possible."

Member Gregory: "German Club is the best! you get food, movies, and friends. Words will sounds funny at first, but learning German is also fun to do."

German Club


About the German Club

Established since 1965, Foothill High's German Club has been the biggest club on our FHS campus for over 20 years. Last year we had 202 members!   The purpose of the FHS German Club is to give the students in the German program a positive sense of belonging. We are one big united family. The dues for the club are just $1 per year. We have meetings every other Thursday at 7:15am in room S19. There are always tasty refreshments at the meetings as students love to eat! It is a very active club. You may even get to go on some field trips for free, and four year members receive a scholarship!  The club sets its aspirations high this year, with a financial goal of $10,000, a goal for more community involvement, and more parent involvement. You will help it achieve its goals, embrace the German culture, and enjoy the numerous activities and events, all at the same time, if you join German Club. 

2012 Summer Trip to Europe

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Our Annual Events Are:

  • Oktoberfest - A big party is held to celebrate the German tradition. There is German food and a rootbeer drinking contest. At lunchtime.
  • German Day - 2 dance groups perform and students sing and do musical performances. Each year we have try outs for new, younger dancers who are taught the traditional dances by the older students so that we keep the tradition going. We also sell German food this day, because it is the only day in the year we are allowed to sell. During international week. 
  • Christmas activities:   We celebrate St Nicholas Day. The students make shoes out of paper.  St Nicholas and Knecht Ruprecht come and give the students candy or sticks!   We have a big Christmas bingo game with German cultural items and good prizes. In addition, we have a big Christmas party at lunch time. On December 6th.
  • Mardi Gras -  We have a big party with German food and dress up like the Germans do in their home country. Students make masks. In February. 
  • Field trip to San Francisco - This is an annual field trip to a German cultural center in San Francisco.  On a school day in March.
  • Field trip to Great America -This is our fun end-of-the-year-trip. On a Saturday in May. 
  • End of the Year Activities There is a big pizza party held at lunch. We also have a slide show that lasts about 45 minutes and has music of everything we have done during the year. There are so many people in the club that we have to hold the parties on 4 different days. The students choose which day they want to come. 
  • Dinner in a German restaurant - The senior students go to a dinner in a German restaurant here.
  • Scholarships  - Those students who take German all 4 years at Foothill High get a $100 scholarship. During senior awards night.
  • Trip to Europe every 2 years.  Frau Freeman takes a trip to Europe with students and parents every 2 years.  We have done this since 1994.  It is 2 weeks long, and we visit countries such as France and Germany. We went during the summer of 2012. 

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