Welcome Back To School
Images of 'Schultüten', sometimes also referred to as 'Zuckertüten' bring back fond memories to anyone who started primary school in Germany and Austria at about the age of six. This tradition dates back to the early 1800s and is still going strong. To celebrate the first day of school, parents or grand-parents present children with beautifully decorated cardboard cones filled with toys, chocolates, sweets, school supplies and other surprises.
This year, 2020, is different to other years. Children are returning to their schools after a five-month break (due to Covid-19) and they will have to get used to a new kind of school life. The ‘Schultüte’ tradition reminds us that we can celebrate going back to school, while acknowledging the anxieties and worries which pupils and their parents will be facing.