Author Visit - Ronald Reng

Ronald Reng with some senior pupilsPupils from Higher English, German and Physical Education have been working on a cross curricular initiative on the book 'Robert Enke: A Life Too Short' by sports journalist and author Ronald Reng. The book which was the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2011, tells the story of Robert Enke, the former goalkeeper of the German national team who took his own life at the age of 32 years, shocking all those who knew him. First published in Germany as 'Robert Enke: Ein allzu kurzes Leben', the book describes Robert's struggle against depression and the increasing demands on players competing at the top level of sport.

As part of our partnership with the Goethe Institut, Goethe staff arranged for Ronald Reng to visit Bishopbriggs Academy on 13th March 2012 to discuss his book with pupils and to tell Robert's story. Although the initiative had been primarily aimed at S5 pupils, some of our younger footballers and journalists from our news team were also invited to attend. The questions, both in English and German, ranged from sport to writing and to mental health issues. Ronald was an inspirational speaker and pupils were engrossed throughout his talk.
Find out more by visiting the Goethe Institut website.