Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Viuna

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Viuna

Friday, 30 July 2021

This week, we spotlight our tenth-grader, Viuna, who joined ISR last year. Viuna is a friendly and helpful student who has a great attitude towards learning. Even as a new student here at ISR, Viuna found it very easy to settle in and make connections. She always gives her best in class. Viuna is especially ambitious in science and has been able to convince her teachers of her knowledge.

Her science teacher Mr. O´Brien adds, “Viuna joined physics at the beginning of the year as a new student at ISR.  She immediately impressed me with her work ethic.  She was always an active participant, and she contributed wonderfully to the physics lessons.  It was a pleasure teaching her this year!” Viuna was also able to quickly convince her chemistry teacher Ms. Vig of her knowledge and her exemplary work ethic. “She has wonderful chemistry with her peers and is always ready to give a helping hand! She takes pride in her work and has a great attitude to learning! With this in mind, I know she will reach her goals!”

We are very proud to spotlight Viuna one of ISR’s many outstanding students!

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who represent our school motto, “we enable great minds and strong characters”. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Locking back: ISR Summer School 2021

Loocking back: ISR Summer School 2021

Monday, 26 July 2021

“Learning English in the summer is fun while playing games and making new friends” is the motto of this year’s four-week ISR Summer School program.

In the last four weeks, approximately 150 children from kindergarten to grade 8 participated in our exciting ISR Summer School program.

This program not only included interesting lessons in mathematics, science, German, and English, but games and sports, as well. A highlight of any international education is meeting new friends from all over the world.

The mornings were dedicated to lessons, naturally, all in English and the afternoons were dedicated to fun. The afternoon program involved interesting visitors, age-appropriate excursions, and games. Some of our interesting visitors included a clown, who delighted the children with a fire show, a hip-hop trainer, and a trampoline coach.  Our students visited many destinations in our region, such as a farm for young children, an outdoor playground, a trampoline park, and a climbing hall. For rainy days, the organizers of this year’s ISR Summer School came up with something special for the children -racing car simulators placed in the cafeteria. A definite highlight!

We had a very successful ISR Summer School 2021, and now we are looking forward to 2022!

Impressions of the ISR Summer School 2021:

“On the one hand, the varied Summer School program offers a good opportunity to work on learning deficits of the past months in a playful way in the morning. This year, however, our afternoon program focused, particularly on games, fun, and sports. Being able to let off steam outdoors again with their classmates or new friends is something many children have been missing lately,” emphasizes Karsten Baumann, head of the sports department and of this year’s ISR Summer School.


ISR increased the number of solar panels

ISR increased the number of solar panels

Friday, 23 July 2021

We are proud to announce that we have increased the number of solar panels on our roof, as a way of leading by a good example and producing environmentally friendly and sustainable electricity for ISR. Since 2018 the solar panels have produced over 75.000 kWh of electricity, the expansion is a major achievement for the entire community and we are excited to produce even more green power with the new panels!

As an educational institution, it is highly important for us to set a good example as well as to support and complement our numerous student projects and initiatives that are dedicated to the environment. Likewise, we are grateful to be able to make a contribution to environmental awareness by expanding our solar panel project.

Only as a community, we can achieve great things, and this is another step in the right direction!


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Harry

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Harry

Friday, 23 July 2021

This week, we spotlight our KG1 student Harry who joined ISR in 2019. At first he was a bit shy, but he quickly developed into an open-hearted, bright student, who loves to talk about anything and everything. ,”We are so proud of Harry’s development!”, adds his KG teacher, Ms. Daisy. Harry stands out for his caring and helpfulness. His friends and teachers appreciate these qualities in him very much. His empathy extends to his peers, as it is important to Harry that everyone in his class is doing well. When someone in his kindergarten group needs support, Harry is the first to step up and offer his help.

Harry loves working on his math workbook pages and is always the first one to put his hand up during our circle time activities! His kindergarten teacher Ms. Daisy concludes: “It’s been an honor to watch Harry grow up to be such a bright and motivated learner! He’s become such a social butterfly, and we are very excited to watch all the fantastic things he continues to exceed at!” Harry has developed into a wonderful young boy during his time in our kindergarten, and we are so happy to have him.

We are very proud to spotlight Harry one of ISR’s many outstanding students!

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who represent our school motto, “we enable great minds and strong characters”. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Sommerprogramme von Schulen

Sommerprogramme von Schulen

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

In: Rheinische Post

In: Westdeutsche Zeitung

 


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Lennox

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Lennox

Friday, 16 July 2021

This week, we spotlight our eighth-grader student Lennox, who joined ISR in first grade. Lennox is characterized by his friendly nature and willingness to help. He is an attentive student who always gives his best in class. He is highly motivated, despite the fact that he attended class virtually for the past school year, this did not change his commitment and performance, as his teacher Ms. Macanovic confirms. Lennox already demonstrates a great sense of responsibility, and this is also reflected in his relationship with his younger sister. “He’s an incredibly great big brother,” says Mr. Mo, a supervisor at ISR. It is always obvious how caring and responsible he is.

Lennox’s great passion includes sports, and he is a talented footballer. Karsten Baumann, Head of the Sports Department at ISR adds, “For him as an athlete and passionate footballer, the last few months have been particularly difficult. He was always one of the first to be on the pitch for the SLO activity changed and could hardly wait for it to start. I have found Lennox to be a very friendly and positive student who always has a smile on his face.”

We are very proud to spotlight Lennox one of ISR’s many outstanding students!

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who represent our school motto, “we enable great minds and strong characters”. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


ISR Neuss Students Achieve Record-Breaking IB Diploma Results

ISR Neuss Students Achieve Record-Breaking IB Diploma Results

Monday, 12 July 2021

In: World Schools

 


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Wenqi

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Wenqi

Friday, 9 July 2021

This week, we spotlight our tenth-grader student, Wenqi who joined ISR two years ago.

Wenqi is an outstanding student whose results put her at the top of her grade at ISR. She is passionate, hardworking, and is focused on achieving the best academic results.

Wenqi has impressed all her teachers with her commitment, especially in German lessons. “With her hard work, she has improved in two years academic language skills in German as a Foreign language what other students can reach almost in four years. She asked for more homework, worksheets, and reading assignments, every assignment was an intentional challenge for her! It was a great pleasure having her in my class, teaching her, enjoying her interest and attention. She is a present for every teacher!”, so her German teacher, Ms. Horvath. Her former teacher Ms. Herda is impressed by her achievements and is looking forward to teaching her in grade 11 after the summer break. “ I know Wenqi from grade 9, I taught her the German beginners’ course. Unfortunately, I did not teach her this year, but I am looking forward to next school year because Wenqi will be my student again. Wenqi will choose “German B”, which is remarkable because, as I said, she only started learning German 2 years ago.” In addition to Wenqi’s academic success, she stands out because of her kind and friendly disposition. She is very polite to those around her and incredibly determined.

Her physics teacher adds, “Wenqi is an outstanding physics student who is extremely dedicated to her academic success. When I see Wenqi working on a physics problem I can almost hear her brain clicking the pieces of the puzzle together to arrive at the solution. I know her talents are not restricted to the world of science, but I would see her as a great asset to the field. She is patient, polite, and respectful to both teachers and her classmates. She is such a pleasure to teach!”

We are very proud to spotlight Wenqi one of ISR’s many outstanding students!

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who represent our school motto, “we enable great minds and strong characters”. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


The 49 graduates of ISR Neuss achieve record-breaking International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) results this year

The 49 graduates of ISR Neuss achieve record-breaking International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) results this year, reaffirming ISR’s status as one of the leading international private schools in Germany

Thursday, July 8, 2021

For the first time in the history of our school, ISR graduates achieved an average of 38 points, 5 points above the global average / One student attained a perfect score of 45 points – the highest possible score / 31 percent of graduates belong to the international top 3 % best list / 17 percent of graduates earned top grades – comparable to the Abitur grade of 1.0 / 65 % were awarded the prestigious Bilingual IB diploma / 12 nationalities make up the class of 2021/ And in the second year of Covid-19, three quarters of ISR graduates opt for renowned universities abroad.

The 49 graduates of ISR International School on the Rhine in Neuss and Düsseldorf achieved a record-breaking average of 38 points in their IB Diploma this year. In their International Baccalaureate Diploma, this year’s graduates, coming from 12 nations, scored 5 points above the global average of 33 points.

“This record-breaking IB score deserves all the recognition because this time, the two most crucial school years before graduation, had to be completed under extremely difficult learning and examination conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Emil Cete, Deputy Director and Head of Upper School who bears the responsibility of the IB preparations. Cete continues, “Besides the resilience and the determination to learn on the part of the students, this outstanding result is also due to the tremendous commitment of the entire teaching and administrative staff.”

With this result, ISR reaffirms its status as one of Germany’s leading international private schools. Contributing to the excellent overall average is the targeted support offered to students according to their individual needs as well as intense guidance and support provided through our University and Career Counselors at ISR. The 38 point average in the IBD is the result of the outstanding achievement of the individual graduates this year. 31 percent of the class scored at least 40 out of a maximum of 45 points. This achievement – which is comparable to an average grade of 1.3 or better in the German Abitur – is usually only achieved by around three percent of IB students worldwide. In addition, 17% of the students in this year’s graduating class passed their exams with an outstanding IB grade of 42 points or above, which is equivalent to a German Abitur grade of 1.0. “This comparison alone impressively underscores this year’s excellent results,” emphasizes Peter Soliman, ISR School Proprietor. One of our students achieved the top grade with an outstanding 45 points in his IB Diploma – the maximum number of points that can be achieved. Soliman says, “There has never been a perfect score in the IB diploma before at ISR.” Previously, the top mark reached was 43 points.

“The outstanding results are a testament to the exceptional dedication and efforts of everyone involved in guiding our students on their path to success. Thanks to these brilliant results, this year’s graduates have excellent prospects for places at the best universities worldwide,” emphasizes Eileen Lyons, School Director at ISR. On average, ISR graduates received four university offers each. A quarter of the graduates will study in Germany, similarly a quarter will study in Great Britain, and others in the Netherlands. Additional study destinations include USA, Canada, Spain, Japan and renowned universities in Switzerland.

“Our graduates have once again shown that they are committed to their own success and that of their peers. The culture of achievement and recognition of excellence is in our DNA,” remarked Lyons.

Offers were received from King’s College London; University College London; the University of Toronto in Canada; Keio University in Japan; St. Gallen in Switzerland; universities in the USA such as Boston University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, and from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands as well as RWTH Aachen in Germany, among many others. Ms. Lyons states, “These university offers are a great vote of confidence in the high standard of the education offered at ISR. Many universities have had very good experiences with ISR graduates in recent years, which adds to our school’s excellent reputation.”

The international background of the graduating class of 2021, as well as the international university selection, highlights another important aspect of this year’s graduates: 65 percent were awarded a bilingual IB diploma. The IB Bilingual Diploma is extremely useful and highly valued on the international stage, as universities and future employers seek people who can communicate in multiple languages.

“Comprehensive counseling on university options and which course of study fits the students’ preferences, abilities and career planning is a key offering at ISR,” adds Peter Soliman. Therefore, early on, the school’s University and Career Counselors start advising students with a focus on their strengths, goals and career options. The entire university application process is closely monitored and professionally supported. Ulrike Wacker, one of ISR’s University and Career Counselors, says, “Many former students ask us for support when it comes to further career steps years after they have left ISR. Even in such cases, we are happy to help. Similarly, our active, constantly growing alumni network provides support to our former students.”
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ISR International School on the Rhine gGmbH, based in Neuss, is a privately run international all-day school. More than 1,000 students from the region and around the world prepare together for internationally recognized school-leaving qualifications. Academic excellence and character building are at the heart of the education, qualifying students for study at leading universities in Germany and around the world. For younger children, ISR offers an international kindergarten on the ISR campus in Neuss, in Düsseldorf-Niederkassel, and a German-language branch in Meerbusch-Büderich. Inquiries about kindergarten, elementary school and secondary school are accepted year-round: admissions@isr-school.de.

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Outstanding IB Results 2021

Outstanding IB Results 2021

Wednesday, 07 July 2021

We are in awe of our Graduating Class of 2021. The graduates mastered the toughest 18 months of their educational careers with resilience, and their hard work has paid off. All of this year’s ISR graduates passed the IB exam with resounding success!

In fact, this year’s graduating class achieved a history-making 38 grade point average – the best score in ISR history!

31% of this year’s graduating class achieved a score of 40 points and above out of a possible 45 points. 17% scored 42 points or above, which is the equivalent of a German Abitur grade of 1.0. Moreover, one of our graduates made history by achieving a full 45 points, the highest possible score, in his IB Diploma. The best final grade of ISR history!

Our ISR graduates received numerous offers from renowned universities worldwide, such as: University of Toronto, Keio University, St. Gallen, King’s College London, University College London, Boston University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of Maastricht – just to name a few!

We couldn’t be prouder of this graduating class, a class that will go down in ISR history for its excellent results.

Dear Graduates – You have positively shaped the school and enriched it with your great minds and strong characters. We know that the future will hold only the best for you, and we are delighted that the excellent reputation of ISR will be carried on by you to the universities of this world!

“The outstanding results are a testament to the enormous dedication and effort of all those involved in guiding and preparing our students on their path to success” – Eileen Lyons.

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