Japanese, Turkish, Chinese, Indian, Dutch and Russian were amongst the many other delicacies that were offered today by our parents in a tasty International Breakfast organized by our Parent Network. In a friendly get together all parents and staff invited enjoyed gastronomic finger food from all over the world and chatted and networked in a casual atmosphere. We would like to thank our amazing Parent Network for organizing every year this wonderful tastes of the world fest!
Although she has lived for over 20 years in Germany, American pianist and author Robin Goldsby is still intrigued by the German culture. The Christmas season, for one, is celebrated and observed in a much different way in America than it is in Germany. On Wednesday evening, Goldsby, along with German actor Heike Bänsch, held a concert entitled “An American Christmas” it told the story about the differences between the German and American Christmas celebrations, both past and present. The concert, which had a piano accompaniment, was moving and in some instances even humorous.
We received a lovely Nicholaus surprise through Ms Susanne Jurican, representative of the company Arlanxeo. Much to our delight, she presented to us measuring glasses, round flasks, pipettes and other equipment for our school laboratory. Ms. Jurican stated “We collect all the equipment we do not need all year around; for instance when company laboratories are merged”, and continued “It’s very important for us to get students interested in science and that can’t be accomplished only through theory”.
On Monday 4th December, Grade 6 were able to take advantage of the wonderful performances available at Düsseldorf Tonhalle. The treat on show was the renowned percussion group Quatuor Beat. Students enjoyed their vibrant, energetic performance and the opportunity to hear some of the more unusual sounds of the percussion family.
On the 22nd November our SLO Russian Culture Club performed a stage performance named “The Giant Turnip”, it is a Russian folk tale. It was a lovely performance and our students had a lot of fun while performing. Ms. Lyons our school director, a few teachers, students and of course proud parents watched the performance with a strong message behind it “Together we can do anything”. At the end they sang a song about friendship with the conclusion that friendship is the key to solving most problems.
From November 24th to 27th, selected Grade 8 Social Studies students went on a study trip to Rome and Pompeii. It was a very successful trip. The students received guided tours of the Colosseum and ancient Roman Forum, which gave some context to our studies of the Roman Republic. This immersion was furthered with an extensive tour of the Pompeii excavation. It was fascinating to see in such detail and immaculate preservation the daily lives of ancient Romans.
Yesterday, the President of the Carnival Committee Neuss e. V. Jakob Beyen, visited our school to hand over a donation of 20 footballs to our youngest students. This was followed by great cheering from our first and second graders. Football Coach Karsten Baumann gratefully said, “New football equipment is always very welcome.” With great commitment, the former professional footballer coaches and encourages the young talents at our school.