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Bernd Westermeyer: ‘Schule Schloss Salem and Kurt Hahn’s Educational Legacy – Outdated or Model for the 21st Century?’

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The Cambridge University German Society warmly invites you to a talk with Bernd Westermeyer, the headmaster of Schule Schloss Salem!

Schule Schloss Salem is Germany’s largest and internationally best-known boarding school. It was founded in 1920 by Kurt Hahn, a highly influential German educator and private secretary to Prince Max von Baden, the last Imperial Chancellor of Germany. Hahn was also the founder of Gordonstoun School, Outward Bound, The Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the United World Colleges. ‘Educating to Take Responsibility’ is the distinguishing element of Salem’s Hahnian educational approach.

Around 600 pupils from more than 40 nations study at Salem either within the German Abitur system or the International Baccalaureate programme. Notable alumni include: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (he later attended Gordonstoun, as did his sons Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward), Queen Sofía of Spain, Golo Mann, and Hildegard Hamm-Brücher.

Bernd Westermeyer has been headmaster of Schule Schloss Salem since 2012. He studied English Language and Literature, History, Pedagogy, and German as a Second Language at Bonn University and Wartburg College. Before moving to Salem, he was headmaster of Landesschule Pforta from 2007 until 2012.

At our event, Mr Westermeyer will give a talk entitled ‘Schule Schloss Salem and Kurt Hahn’s Educational Legacy – Outdated or Model for the 21st Century?’.

There will also be time for questions. Please note that the event will be held in English. All welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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