Crazy for You – Musical Course 2023

We stand behind the black and heavy curtain. We hear the audience, their laughter, their talks. We can hear some familiar voices. Through a little opening in the curtain we see the lights darkening and the music starts. All of a sudden an adrenalin wave hits us and we feel cold and warm at the same time. Our cast and us two, we dance and hug to wish each other good luck. We remind each other of all the work and time we put into this project and to each give our best. It is a very emotional but focused moment and we think about how it all started, just before the summer holidays.
Singing, acting and dancing have always been activities we enjoyed doing. Having the opportunity to do a musical at school was therefore a blessing. Since first grade, watching other classes’ musicals, we had always wanted to make our own experience backstage.

By Anouk Héritier and Cindy Seibt (photos: Daniel Nussbaumer and Ida Weiss)

Crazy for You – Musical Course 2023



 Text by Emily Slawson, photos by Daniel Nussbaumer

“Fame, I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly, high, I feel it comin‘ together, People will see me and cry, fame!”

     Fame! The musical was performed by a group of talented fourth year students from Gymnasium Muttenz and premiered the week of March 18 in The Roxy Theatre in Birsfelden. The actors starring in the musical performed with lots of energy that totally engaged the audience. Fame is full of upbeat and catchy music- and we all had the songs stuck in our heads for days! Between the music, dancing, singing and acting it really was a great show that hopefully everyone had the chance to see.   FAME FOREVER!

The man who knows too much about your backyard

Don Salvatore, the „science exciter“

by Alim Ates (4Bb, text), Christine Baader and Nicole Heuss (photos)

Don Salvatore is back in town. The “science exciter”, as he calls himself, from the Boston Museum of Science held another talk at our school about biology straight out of our backyard. Being from Boston, a city that I usually associate with Martin Scorsese-type gangster movies, he seems like a very nice and smart man, who wants to make science fun for everybody, and I think he absolutely succeeds. The presentation was a collection of “backyard biology stories” that were all really fun and very weird. The man who knows too much about your backyard

Babel – Eine Reise durch die Sprachen

Ein Wahlkurs für Sprachbegeisterte

von Monica Graf, Bruno Pedretti, Jürg Hostettler

Do we think differently in different languages?

Over the past decade, the concept of plurilingualism has been developed to describe individuals’ complex repertoires of languages and linguistic competences.

Traditionally, students‘ plurilingual repertoires have not been affirmed in the classroom.

One of the objectives of our course, however, was to inquire into how students – and teachers – make sense of their plural identities.

A popular data generation tool for this inquiry asks students to use standard formatted body silhouettes to create their personal cultural and linguistic self-portraits. Babel – Eine Reise durch die Sprachen

Rentier, Curry und Biberli


von Hans Martin Roffler (Foto: Nu)

In Born as a Crime (2016) berichtet der begnadete Stand-up-Komiker und Show-Host Trevor Noah von seiner Jugend als „illegaler“ Mischling in Zeiten der südafrikanischen Apartheid. Er schildert sein Glück, als Kind mehrsprachig aufgewachsen zu sein. Zum Beispiel verhindert er dadurch, dass er trotz seiner hellen Hautfarbe in den schwarzen Homelands ausgeraubt wird, und er profitiert wiederum davon, als er in einer weissen Nachbarschaft Anschluss sucht. Noah sagt, dass die Sprache bezüglich der Identifikation wichtiger sei als die Hautfarbe. Und auch wenn andere ihm mit Blick auf seine Hautfarbe skeptisch begegnen, tritt diese Skepsis durch den Gebrauch einer gemeinsamen Sprache in den Hintergrund. Rentier, Curry und Biberli

Your brain is a miracle organ

von Timo Kröner (Text) und Daniel Nussbaumer (Fotos)

Unser Gehirn erbringt täglich Höchstleistungen. Glücklicherweise ermüdet dabei dieses Wunderorgan nicht, sondern es wächst und wird wunderbarer. Das kann auch geschehen, ohne dass sich das Gehirn beim Wachsen oder – um nun in schulischen Kategorien zu denken – beim Lernen zuschaut. Das ist die Idee des immersiven Unterrichts: Das Gehirn lernt eine Sprache nebenbei, während eine Lehrperson ein Wissensgebiet in dieser Sprache vermittelt. An unserer Schule gibt es seit 2011 profilgemischte Immersionsklassen, in denen der Unterricht meist in Biologie, Mathematik und Geschichte auf Englisch stattfindet. Your brain is a miracle organ

How about an English Wednesday?


by Lea Vaterlaus, Sarah Müller, Irina Müller, Mirjam Berger, 2Eb

Wednesday morning. 4th lesson: Green plants, a model of a human body’s insides and a cupboard full of microscopes. After a short break, our biology lesson starts with an introduction to our previous topic, the human circulatory system. Ms Bandi, our biology teacher, welcomes us with a smile and hands out a sheet about the human circulatory system, which is to be read as homework. After our experiments in the lab sessions a day before, where we learnt to distinguish between the heartbeats of fish and humans, it was now time to look at the human heart. How about an English Wednesday?

A Hero’s Journey in Southeast Asia


Lunch Presentation of Paul Spencer Sochaczewski on April 5th

von Regina Bandi

“Who of you would set off for a real adventure? Who of you has ever done something absolutely crazy? Who of you believes to be an unrecognised hero? If you have just raised your hand more than once, you are in good company and probably would have liked Alfred Russel Wallace!” This is how Paul Sochaczewski started our 5th April Lunch seminar and took the audience in the blink of an eye to Victorian England, South America and Southeast Asia. A Hero’s Journey in Southeast Asia