The Studentsâ€™ Union was in the thick of activities staged to greet a delegation of dignitaries from Kingstonâ€™s German twin town Oldenburg late last year. The Unionâ€™s volunteer co-ordinator Catherine Attridge enlisted the help of Kingston graduate Anna-Lena Kleinert to prepare pupils from the Mount Primary School in New Malden for a concert staged in the visitorsâ€™ honour.
Anna, who has also studied in Oldenburg, taught the eight and nine year olds a German song to perform for members of the delegation, who included the Mayor of Oldenburg, Dietmar Schütz. The schoolâ€™s arts and social development officer, Caroline Gupta, praised Anna for the excellent rapport she had established with the pupils. â€œAnnaâ€™s commitment and talent reflected the high standards weâ€™ve come to expect from Kingstonâ€™s student volunteers,â€ she said.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Universityâ€™s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps, met up with her opposite number at Oldenburg University, Dr Marion Rieken. They used the opportunity to discuss links in such subject areas as fine art and sustainability. The universitiesâ€™ relationship dates back to 2001 when Professor Gipps travelled to Oldenburg with representatives from Kingston Council.