Last Saturday, a number of visitors came to ISR and celebrated the Indian Harvest Festival Lohri – also called Pongal or Makar Sankranti in different regions of the subcontinent. The stalls were decorated with beautiful Indian handmade crafts, textiles and jewellery. The visitors also enjoyed a vast array of delicious food. The program on stage included Indian folksongs, violin and keyboard performances as well as classic Bollywood dances, which made the audience feel like they were home for a few moments.
Over 30 alumni gathered at ISR just before Christmas for our annual Alumni meet-up. Our graduates now study all over the world, for instance in England, Spain, the USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany and are studying subjects such as mechanical engineering, biochemistry, medicine, business administration or pharmacology.
The gifts donated by the parent community as part of the Wishgarland campaign were presented to many happy children last Tuesday and Thursday. The children from the Weckhoven Family Center delighted us with a well-rehearsed performance after a small Christmas party. The bright eyes of the children clearly showed how much they enjoyed receiving the lovingly wrapped gifts.
Another important visit followed the minister’s visit this week: Mr. Heyes, Mayor of Willich since 1999, and Mr. Hehnen, from the business development office of Willich (Wirtschaftsförderung). They were both given a tour by students, followed by a discussion round with the management, which emphasized the significance of our school as an important location factor for over 900 companies located in the city of Willich and its surroundings. We are looking forward to cooperating more closely with Willich in 2018.
This week a group of grade 9 students performed the Story of Dr Seuss's "The Grinch who stole Christmas' for a fascinated grade 5 audience. They told the heart-warming tale of the mean and grumpy old Grinch who hates the Christmas Season but suddenly gets into the festive Spirit with a little help from the town of Whoville.
Last Friday, NRW Minister of Education, Yvonne Gebauer, and NRW Minister of Finance, Lutz Lienenkämper, visited our school. Accompanied by our advisory board, representatives of the press and some parents, Peter Soliman led the ministers on a tour of the school. After visiting the Kindergarten, Cafeteria, Exam Hall, IT-Lab and SLO office, the group reached the Science Lab. Here, the ministers were able to test our Virtual Reality glasses and observe Killian O'Brien’s lesson. The e-book project and the 3D printer were also presented to the ministers and the press. They were very impressed.
This week we were fortunate to present three different Christmas concerts from our students of different age groups. The dancing, the choir, and instrumental performances gave the audience a preview of the festivities for the Christmas season. We would like to thank our Parent Network for providing the delicious treats during our winter concerts and thank you to our ISR mom Susie Seum for her beautiful snowmen, made entirely out of plastic cups, that decorated our stage.