and dear Parents,
Finally the school year 2012-2013 ends today – eagerly anticipated by many and even longed for!
This was a school year for which many of us had big hopes and high expectations. For many, this meant a lot of commitment, many working hours and going the extra mile.
The students have learnt and achieved a lot during this time, made new friendships, renewed old ones and have fully immersed themselves not only inside but also outside the classroom.
Dear Students, Parents and Colleagues
During the last few weeks we were very fortunate to have so many wonderful events in our school: We celebrated the first GSIS Family Oktoberfest which was very well perceived by all guests. Our youngest students celebrated Lantern Festival and together with their parents and teachers they proudly carried their handmade lanterns.Read More »
Dear students, dear colleagues and dear parents
The first weeks of the new school year are already behind us and an enjoyable routine has started for all again. Meanwhile, we had in our school community very unique, important and wonderful events: the visit of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs to present the quality label “Excellent German School Abroad” to our school and the opening of our new campus in Wan Chai.Read More »
Dear students, colleagues and parents,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to school year 2012/2013 after the long summer break. I hope you were all able to spend much time with your families and friends and enjoy a wide range of experiences.
This new school year poses many challenges for us as a school community.Read More »
There is a Chinese saying, ”When people are of one mind and heart they can move Mount Tai.“ In the eight years that I have had the privilege of leading GSIS, we may not have moved Mount Tai (nor the Peak for that matter) but as I look back, I marvel at how much we have achieved together, and I am deeply grateful for all the support I have received over the years.Read More »
In May 2004, I came to Hong Kong for my handover. I had been shortlisted for the headship at GSIS, and I had been interviewed and selected by the Board. I had been certified physically fit to work in the tropics, and I had signed the Principal’s contract. Now it was time to come to Hong Kong and prepare for the new position which I was due to start in late July.Read More »
You probably know Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s story of the little prince who leaves his planet because his rose does not love him the way he does. On his journey, the little prince comes upon a garden, all a-bloom with roses, and he realises that his rose is not unique, as he had thought, and he begins to cry.Read More »
When our daughter puts our grandson to bed, she reads a book to him. Her favourite one is called Friedlich schlafen kleine Drachen (Sleep Peacefully Little Dragons). The book shows that it is not only little children that have to go to bed. The small pig, the birds, the sheep and the little dragon also go to sleep, and when our daughter gets to the little dragon with its big, hippopotamus-like head and its protruding tooth, she tells Max.Read More »
In 2009, GSIS adopted a comprehensive School Development Plan for 2009-2016. High on the agenda were two goals: the German Excellence Label and accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
I am very pleased to inform you that on 25 November 2011, at the conclusion of the Bund-Länder-Inspektion (German Government Inspection), GSIS achieved the first goal and has been certified as an Excellent German School Abroad.Read More »
I was thirteen when I first went to England in 1963 on a one-week exchange with a London grammar school. Britain was a different world back then. I remember riding pillion on my host father’s motorbike through London Docks, which were still active in those days. I remember being asked in the school playground which of the new rock bands I preferred – the Beatles or the Rolling Stones – and I remember a morning assembly at my host school, with teachers wearing gowns, students singing church hymns and a stern headmaster making his announcements.Read More »
Welcome to the 2011-12 school year.
I hope you had a relaxing holiday, enjoying quality time together with your family and friends. For my wife and me, the time we spent with our daughter and her family was most certainly quality time. At just over eight months, our grandson Max was just beginning to crawl. He was exploring what sounds you can make by banging and dropping plastic spoons and wooden toys, and he was discovering one of the elementary lessons in life: smile and the world smiles back at you.Read More »
The Business College Class of 2011 is the 25th cohort to successfully complete their business training at the German Swiss International School, and their graduation is a proud and happy occasion for all of us.
The “Dual System” of combining theoretical training at school with hands-on training in local companies has long been a hallmark of vocational and business training in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and a major factor in their economic success stories.Read More »
The Primary had their Wandertag, or Outing Day, in late November, and in the Secondary it is coming up in mid-December. Outing Day is a GSIS tradition, and every year we face the same question, especially from new teachers and families. Why do we take our students out of school for one full day at the time when they should be concentrating on their academic work?Read More »
There is a German saying Gut Ding will Weile haben (“A good thing will take a while”, the equivalent to the English “Haste makes waste”). We cannot deny it: it has taken us a good while to finish the commemorative volume marking our 40th anniversary, and it has been a long and sometimes laborious process.
In a school where many different traditions meet and mix, there are bound to be different ideas about what makes a good Festschrift, or commemorative publication.Read More »
If you have been with us before, welcome back. If you are new to the school, a very warm welcome to you as you join the GSIS community. I hope your summer was as relaxing and refreshing as ours. As every summer, my wife and I spent a few weeks at our home in northern Germany, meeting friends and family, cycling, preparing for the new school year, and doing just enough gardening to keep ourselves happily occupied.Read More »
German Abitur classes traditionally choose a graduation motto, and this is often playful and humorous. The Class of 2007, for example, remembered Agent 007 of James Bond fame and blended it with Abi (short for Abitur) to form Abigent 007.
This year’s motto was again a blend and nicely reflects the fact that our students grow up in a Chinese environment, speaking German and English.Read More »
How time flies! It seems like yesterday that I sent you my best wishes for the Christmas season. In the meantime, January has come and gone, and it is almost time for Kung Hei Fat Choi and the Year of the Tiger.
In January, we continued our series of 40th Anniversary events with a Chinese New Year’s Dinner and lucky draw for faculty and nonfaculty staff, Board members and the Mothers’ Committee.Read More »
When I was looking for a topic for this month’s column, the most obvious choice was to look back and write about our anniversary celebrations. I toyed with this idea for a while and then discarded it. It seemed everything that needed to be said had been said, and I felt I shouldn’t overdo the 40th Anniversary theme.Read More »
During part of Discovery Week I attended a workshop for IB Diploma Programme Coordinators in Shanghai. As we transition towards the International Abitur and the IB Diploma, I was interested to experience the IB ethos first-hand and gain greater insight into what it takes for schools to remain competitive in the market of international university entrance qualifications.Read More »
On 12 October 1969, the then South China Sunday Post-Herald ran an article on the newly founded “German-English speaking school in Hong Kong” that had “recently started classes for the fall term.” Known as the German-Swiss International School, it was located in an imposing colonial villa at 1 Barker Road. It had two Kindergarten classes, five Primary and nine Secondary classes, and there were 100 pupils whose ages ranged from three to 18.Read More »