School Year 2016-17
The classes of the German Primary:
Our schools are German speaking international schools. Our network and our mutual support ensure that students are able to continue their education in any location they might move to. They are places of encounter and intercultural dialogue. The German schools abroad are also a central element of Germany's foreign education policy. This mission statement was developed jointly by all the schools. It ensures their international competitiveness, enabling them to rise to the challenge of the future. It will be evaluated and updated continuously.
1. Our teaching sets high quality standards.
2. Our schools take a holistic approach to teaching and learning
This includes, in particular,
3. Our buildings and facilities are targeted to meet our ambitious objectives
4. Our schools ensure students acquire qualifications recognised in Germany and internationally
Our schools ensure integration into the education system in Germany and transition to other international schools. They offer
5. Our schools promote cultural dialogue with the Asian environment
German language and culture form the basis of our work. We are committed to the European educational methods and seek cultural dialogue with the respective host country
6. Our schools provide support for the internationalisation of the economy
Our schools measure up to the best performing schools in the region and in Germany –
We offer our students excellent educational opportunities
The German Primary Department is made up of classes K01 – K04. There is one year of Pre-school.
The Pre-school and Primary timetable comprises six lessons of 40 minutes every day. It includes enough playtime for younger children. The normal school morning begins at 7:40 am and ends at 12:30 pm.
The Primary Department has fully trained primary school teachers from Germany (with first and second state examination), teachers with comparable qualifications from Switzerland and Austria and a special needs teacher. There are two trained kindergarten teachers and an assistant teacher in Pre-school.
The Head of the Primary Department is Ms Schneider-Vetter, who is available to answer your enquiries.
Children from multilingual families face great opportunities and challenges in the German Department. These children are already accustomed to switching from one language to another and thus have good prerequisites for taking a bilingual school-leaving certificate like the German International Abitur. On the other hand, children who grow up speaking several languages are not firmly rooted in any language in the same way that children from families that speak only one language are. That is why school and parents must work together closely in order to meet the special learning needs of children from multilingual families.
In Hong Kong our pupils grow up in an environment that is strongly influenced by the English language and offers numerous opportunities to use English outside school. The situation is different as far as German is concerned, as this is a language that children only rarely hear and speak outside school and family. That is why a special coordinated effort is required of parents and school when it comes to learning German. It is basically true to say that
the more your child hears and speaks German,
the more positive his/her experience of the German speaking aspects of family life,
the more closely school and parents work together,
the better he/she will learn German.
What does this actually mean? How can you help your child to gain the best possible command of German? The German speaking parent plays a key role, serving as a language model, but the non-German speaking parent can also provide lasting support for the language learning process by showing an interest in and appreciation of the German language and culture.
The following tips and recommendations are intended for families with children in all age groups. Please select those ideas that apply to your family situation.
In the family
Other German speaking families / German speaking institutions
Contact with German speaking countries
School and parents
The Primary Department has the task of developing children’s varying talents in a joint education programme. Pedagogical work in this department is intended:
Due to the special situation in Hong Kong, our school is also faced with the following tasks:
In coordination with the other German schools in Asia, the Primary Department uses core curricula based on the curricula of the state of Thuringia. The Department meets its educational mission by offering special individualised tuition to help children, especially new arrivals, learn successfully in their new living and learning environment.
Children experience their environment emotionally in festivals and projects and by observing German, international and Chinese customs and traditions (St. Martin’s Procession, St. Nicholas’ Day, Carnival, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Divali, the Chinese New Year or the Dragon Boat Festival).
Students in the German Primary Department get to know students from the English Primary Department at general assemblies, at performances and festivals attended jointly, at play in the playground and in games played in the house system, during library hours spent together and occasionally in language lessons.
GSIS students familiarise themselves with new information technologies from Pre-school on. All children have a weekly ICT lesson. In class lessons the new media are used for different aspects of learning and communication.
From K01 on, the students have as many as four periods of English a week with native English speaking teachers from the English Primary Department.
After regular lessons from 12.30 p.m. on, there are not only fee-paying Afternoon Activities but also a wide range of sports and learning opportunities in the areas of music, drama, art, languages and scientific experiments (free of charge.)
Trips and excursions as well as camps strengthen the sense of community and children’s self-awareness. From K04 our students have the opportunity of going to Europe on an annual skiing trip together with students from the English-medium stream.