Artwork from students at ISS and the Wilhelms Gymnasium is currently being displayed at the Lothar-Christmann-Haus, a nursing home in Hoffeld. The title of the exhibit is “Mixed Media,” highlighting a variety of art styles. Not only has this project been a good opportunity for the schools to work more closely together, but the artwork is also a great addition to the home. The director of the home remarked: “The reactions of the residents and visitors are overall positive. Of course not everyone... Read More
The cold of the outside was in perfect contrast to the warmth of our welcome!
At the beginning of November, in one of the easternmost towns in the European Union, members of staff from four schools across Europe got together to start something special. For the next two school years, the Sindelfingen Campus of ISS Stuttgart will be leading an EU-funded project based on one of our campus's major philosophical motivations: looking at dual-language team-teaching across Europe. Together... Read More
On December 3rd we had our annual show up at the Christmas market in Sindelfingen. Our choir with students from Early Years up to Grade 5 were singing German and English Christmas songs. ISS Students have been singing there since 2004. Many visitors came only because they knew that ISS students would be singing. What could be better than having a warm drink and listening to children sing great Christmas songs!
As of today, ISS has 815 students enrolled, the highest number the school has ever reached! Certainly a reason to celebrate! This is significant, considering just one year ago ISS had 778 students and ten years ago the number was at 564. What a jump since 2006! The most recently enrolled students are from India, the United States, Germany and Japan. With 620 students returning from last year, we have approximately 200 new students this year, and still more to come! In January, families from... Read More
Over the summer five ISS students and a chaperone travelled to the Catholic Board School, Snehalaya, in Pune, India where they worked with disabled children, particularly ones with cerebral palsy. What a wonderful adventure they had! One experience that stood out in particular was hiking with university-aged students and helping to guide them. It rained the entire time during the hike, making it much harder, but even more memorable! Going into the trip, the ISS students didn’t quite know what... Read More
Wednesday was the certificate ceremony for the Middle Years Program. It recognized those students who had successfully completed the MYP. The certificate given out enables the students to continue onto the Diploma Program or to leave school to take up vocational training, if they have completed the minimum required amount of schooling in Germany, with the equivalent of the mittlere Reife. At this year’s ceremony there was an emphasis on global citizenship and international mindedness. Tim... Read More
Am Sonntag, den 28. August fand das erste Internationale Cafe für Degerlocher Flüchtlinge an der ISS statt. Es war ein riesen Erfolg! Wir hatten mit 50 Teilnehmern gerechnet und waren dementsprechend überrascht, als der Bus mit über 80 Flüchtlingen an der Schule ankam. Unsere Gäste konnten sich bei Kaffee und Kuchen entspannen, im Planschbecken abkühlen, mit den gespendeten Spielsachen spielen oder auf dem Spielplatz herumtoben. Die nassen Kleider wurden prompt durch gespendete Sportkleider... Read More
Yesterday afternoon was the test-run for the International Café, an initiative intended to reach out to the refugee community in Degerloch, and it’s safe to say it was a huge success! Having expected roughly fifty refugees to participate, we were happily surprised when the bus picking them up, made to fit eighty people, was full! Once the refugees arrived at the school, they could sit and enjoy coffee and cake, and the children could cool off in the small blow-up pools, play with toys, or run... Read More
This morning the new first graders participated in the “Einschulung”, a long-held German tradition celebrating the students’ graduation from kindergarten and their entrance into school. Today’s event began with a story about a determined turtle’s journey to attend a wedding. Along the way he encountered numerous animals who gave him many reasons to give up and turn around. Yet he paid no attention and his reply as to how he would accomplish the long journey ahead was simply: “Schritt für... Read More
After a summer of anticipation and preparation, ISS was finally able to welcome in the new families today. As the students and their parents arrived, there was the feeling that they were not only being welcomed into a school, but into a home as well. Flowers were displayed around the entrance, coffee and breakfast items were laid out, and there were numerous smiling faces eager to help answer any questions. What a wonderful privilege this school has – to open the door to people from all over... Read More