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
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
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
As the school re-emerges from summer break and the hallways begin to teem with life and activity, one is reminded of the tremendous work and preparation that goes on behind the scenes. All over there is the feeling of collaboration, of coming together to prepare for the upcoming school year. The gardeners outside making final preparations to the landscape, the teachers setting up their classrooms, departments meeting to discuss curricula. This all points at the collective effort it takes to... Read More
There is a little piece of ISS that will remain with all of us here in this beautiful city. As you hop on a bus that is part of our world class public transportation system, you may recognize the voices announcing each stop. The voice that announces that we should all be careful as we exit.
Just at school’s end, under the careful tutelage of our Lower school German department, the students pictured above were ushered to a studio to record all of the bus stop announcements for the “Degerloch... Read More