ISR End of Grade 4 Celebration

ISR End of Grade 4 Celebration

Last Thursday, the families of our grade four students gathered to celebrate the last day of ISR Primary School for about 100 of our students. Ms. Bodner, Head of Primary School, and Academic Coordinator for grades two to four, opened the ceremony with a speech and welcomed the students, families, siblings, and teachers.

Following this, a touching farewell video was presented to everyone in attendance. In the video, numerous ISR teachers, staff, and our ISR Class Representatives for grade four said goodbye to the children and wished them all the best for their future. This special video was created by Mrs. Tsumura, the dedicated mother of a fourth-grade student, as well an ISR Class Representatives.

Afterwards, selected students and teachers from each fourth-grade class took turns on stage to share with our guests the beautiful memories of their time together in primary school. Following this, our students, accompanied by our ISR Music Teacher and Coordinator, Ms. Bucher, performed two songs as a choir – a special highlight for all participants!

After the ceremony, all guests gathered for coffee, tea, and other beverages along with small treats, and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere for the last day of school.

We wish our students much success in their new phase of life and their further academic journey in our ISR Middle School! We are confident that they will continue to excel at ISR, true to our motto “It’s cool to be good.”

ISR End of Middle School Celebration

ISR End of Middle School Celebration

Last Wednesday, around 140 guests gathered on our ISR campus in Neuss to celebrate the impressive achievements of our grade eight students and the completion of their Middle School journey at ISR. A very special event for our students who, after the summer holidays, will begin a new chapter in their educational journey at ISR and prepare for their International Baccalaureate in the Upper School.

Ms. McLeod, Head of Middle School, and Academic Coordinator for grades seven and eight, opened the ceremony with a solemn speech, warmly welcoming all attendees – including teachers and staff members of ISR. Following this, 21 students were awarded various honors for outstanding achievements in subjects; including, for example, in the subject areas of Mathematics, English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Sports – a special highlight for the families and the students, who were particularly proud of their achievements!

During the ceremony, three musical performances were delivered by our talented students: Amanda played “Für Elise,” Vyom presented “Praeludium in C Minor,” and Zhengnui performed “Sonata D.” These pieces enriched the celebration and showcased the impressive musical talents of our students.

Before the 65 students than received their certificates, Ms. Fehlberg, the mother of an eighth-grade student, and a Parent Network class representative, gave an emotional speech, wishing all the students the very best for their future educational journey. Finally, Ms. McLeod handed out the well-deserved certificates to our students.

After the formal ceremony, all guests had the opportunity to chat over light refreshments and beverages. Our 65 students enjoyed the gathering, celebrating their achievements and the shared experiences they had during their middle school years at ISR. Afterwards, all students came together for a celebration organized by our ISR Parent Network and ended the evening together. A memory that will surely stay with them for many years to come!

We wholeheartedly congratulate the grade eight students and wish them continued success in the Upper School at ISR. Their outstanding accomplishments and personal development further affirm our guiding principle: “We Enable Great Minds and Strong Characters”!

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Yingzhi

Spotlight On Our Student Yingzhi

This week, we are proud to spotlight our third-grader, Yingzhi.

Yingzhi joined ISR in 2020 and has endeared herself to her teachers and fellow classmates with her drive and positive attitude. She was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Palmieri, who has been impressed by Yingzhi’s performance in her classroom.

“Yingzhi has been such a positive influence in 3D this school year! She starts each morning with a smile and a friendly ‘Good morning!’ to her teacher and classmates.  Her organizational skills are outstanding, and her cubby and school materials are always meticulously kept.  Yingzhi is friendly, kind and thoughtful.  She always makes sure everyone feels included and gets a turn.  Additionally, Yingzhi is an excellent inquisitive student.  She is never afraid to ask questions and extend her learning.  Yingzhi loves to read! Her love for reading is evident in her writing which is filled with enriched vocabulary and the most imaginative ideas.  She is a skilled mathematician and a great problem solver.  Yingzhi is an all-around wonderful student and classmate.  Funny, smart, clever, curious, unique and considerate, all rolled into one! I am excited to see her continued success in Grade 4 next school year!”

Yingzhi’s music teacher, Ms. Bucher, has great things to say about her as well, “Yingzhi has drive!  She enjoys working to improve and to excel.  But she also has a wonderful sense of humour and is clever with word play.  As her Music teacher for three years, I’ve long known what a good musician she is; but I’ve recently learned something else about Yingzhi. She has a knack for engineering, too.  The class has been working on creating board games about musical instruments, and Yingzhi’s group decided to create a complex, 3-D board.  I have observed her contributing thoughtful input on how to design it and build it so that it stands properly.  Yingzhi is an all-around joy!”

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


The ISR Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our students from the ISR-Community every Friday, who embodies our guiding principle “We Enable Great Minds and Strong Characters” by consistently surpassing themselves. Whether through outstanding academic achievements, exceptional dedication, or remarkable character traits – we take pride in having already showcased hundreds of students – and there is more to look forward to every week!

ISR Kindergarten Graduation and BBQ

ISR Kindergarten Graduation and BBQ

Last Tuesday, we celebrated the end of the kindergarten year with a successful ISR Kindergarten Graduation for our KG2 children at the ISR Campus in Neuss. Many parents attended this special occasion to watch their children bid an honourable farewell to the kindergarten. And after the summer holidays, our youngest graduates will start their schooling in the first grade at ISR!

Following the Graduation Ceremony, our kindergarten children performed two cheerful songs for their families and teachers in the foyer before opening our 2024 Kindergarten Summer BBQ! Although the BBQ had to be moved indoors due to the weather, the wonderful atmosphere was not affected, and the children and their families enjoyed a delicious selection of food as well as an ice cream surprise provided by the Parent Network. Everyone gathered in a cozy setting in the various kindergarten rooms, where our teachers had prepared numerous fun activities for the children.

We extend our thanks to all parents, teachers, staff, Broich Catering, and our dedicated ISR Parent Network. Thanks to all of them, the ISR Kindergarten Graduation and the subsequent BBQ became an unforgettable event, bringing our kindergarten community even closer together and closing the kindergarten year in a fitting manner! We are already looking forward to welcoming our families to our ISR Elementary School after the summer holidays!

ISR Graduation Ceremony 2024

ISR Graduation Ceremony

Friday, 14 June 2024

Last Friday, the annual ISR Graduation Ceremony took place at the Düsseldorf City Hall. During the ceremony, 39 students from 20 different nationalities received their ISR High School Diploma; three students were already abroad preparing for their university studies.

The festive ceremony commenced with the graduates’ ceremonial entrance into the council chamber, where Ms. Jordanova, the Academic Head for Grades 9 and 10 and the IGCSE Coordinator, guided the proceedings. Following this, our ISR School Director, Ms. Lyons, warmly welcomed all attendees and congratulated the graduates on their successful completion of high school.

Afterwards, Mr. Soliman, the proprietor of ISR, addressed the guests and all the graduates with welcoming words, followed by Mr. Cete, Deputy Director and Academic Head of the Upper School at ISR, who bid farewell to this year’s graduating class with much charm and humor!

Our special guest of honor, Mr. Burkhard Hintzsche, the City Director of the State Capital Düsseldorf, congratulated the Class of 2024 in his speech. He highlighted the significant role ISR plays in the city of Düsseldorf and the long-standing partnership between the school and the city. He expressed his confidence that the graduates, with their comprehensive education, will make a positive impact worldwide in the future.

The ceremony also featured a musical performance by our two talented students, Jade and Rubi, who captivated the audience with a duet on the violin and clarinet.

In the end, Dr. Rohrbach, the parent speaker and father of two former ISR students, delivered an inspiring speech about the promising future awaiting the graduates. Following his address, the class valedictorian and salutatorian, Rinta and Marleen, shared heartfelt memories from their school years, which deeply moved their fellow students and guests.

The highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of the ISR High School Diplomas, received with great joy by the graduates. Alongside Mr. Hintzsche, the ceremony was also attended by Mr. Abe, the new School Director of the Japanese International School, Mr. Fuchs, the Chairman of ISR’s Advisory Board, and board members Mr. Nickel and Dr. Schröder-Frerkes.

After the formal part of the graduation ceremony, all guests and graduates gathered outside the council chamber for a convivial reception with drinks and delicious refreshments. Another highlight was the ceremonial cutting of the graduation cake and, of course, the traditional throwing of caps in front of the Town Hall, which marks the festive conclusion at ISR.

We reflect on a successful graduation ceremony, celebrating 42 talented and ambitious students who have received their ISR High School Diplomas. True to our motto, “We Enable Great Minds and Strong Characters” we look forward to seeing them embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives – and always know that the doors to ISR are always open for them.

ISR Graduating Class of 2024

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Eleanor

Spotlight On Our Student Eleanor

This week, we are proud to spotlight our eighth-grader, Eleanor.

Eleanor joined ISR in 2022 and has made an extraordinary impression on her teachers over the past two years. She is praised for her strong work ethic and willingness to help her classmates, as well as her ability to successfully organize her busy schedule.

Mr. Nisic, Eleanor’s homeroom teacher has this to say, “I am delighted to spotlight Eleanor, an excellent 8th grader in my homeroom and mathematics class. Eleanor is always organized, great at explaining math problems and often supports her friends in class.” He goes on to say, “Eleanor is also very active in out-of-school activities. She did a fantastic job at events like the Deutsche Jahrgangsmeisterschaften and in competitive swimming, showing her hard work and talent. Her positive attitude and willingness to help others make our classroom a better place. It is a joy to have her as a student, and she truly deserves this recognition.”

Ms. Przybylski, Eleanor’s German teacher says, “In my lessons Eleanor has always been calm, polite and helpful. She has a creative mind and is open for new things. Despite having arrived in Germany only recently, she quickly developed a strong grasp of the language and was even promoted during the year. She is an enthusiastic athlete and a reliable student. It’s been great to have Eleanor in class as a role-model and a driving force.”

Ms. Leach, Eleanor’s English teacher says, “Eleanor is a model student. As well as being conscientious, hard-working and always ready with insightful contributions in class, she is friendly and spreads a positive mood with her bright smile. Eleanor is motivated to excel academically and is always ready to help her fellow classmates. She has excellent organisational skills and manages her school and sporting responsibilities admirably.”

Ms. Schultz, Eleanor’s Art teacher says, “Eleanor is a wonderful student. She is a very honest person, working very hard and trying her best. In art class, she accomplished all her tasks, and she made huge progress along the year. She asked questions to be clear about the task and to improve her work. She has finished the school year with one of her best artworks, and showed perseverance, consistency and patience for all her projects. Her humbleness and work ethic inspire us all. Despite her busy schedule as a competitive swimmer, she always completes her assignments and is eager to learn and to help others.”

Mr. Perez, Eleanor’s Music teacher explains, “Eleanor is a brilliant student. She brings so much quality and commitment to the learning process. She is responsible, respectful, efficient, productive and thirsty for learning. I am very honoured to be her teacher, and confident she will achieve and experience great things in her life.”

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


The ISR Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our students from the ISR-Community every Friday, who embodies our guiding principle “We Enable Great Minds and Strong Characters” by consistently surpassing themselves. Whether through outstanding academic achievements, exceptional dedication, or remarkable character traits – we take pride in having already showcased hundreds of students – and there is more to look forward to every week!

ISR Primary, Middle and Upper School BBQ 2024

ISR 2024 Primary, Middle, and Upper School BBQ

Friday, June 7, 2024

Last Friday, we were thrilled to host our annual ISR Primary, Middle, and Upper School BBQs in beautiful sunny weather. The festive atmosphere created a wonderful, family friendly experience for our participants. Approximately 700 people joined the event at our ISR Campus in Neuss and enjoyed a diverse BBQ provided by our school caterer, Broich, offering a delicious buffet. Our dedicated SLC Team took care of the beverages throughout the day. Additionally, a bouncy castle and a giant soccer dartboard brought much joy to the children! Our enthusiastic ISR Sports Team also organized various sports activities, allowing the children to showcase their skills in volleyball, basketball, and soccer! Furthermore, our ISR Parent Network warmly welcomed both new and existing families, ensuring that everyone felt welcomed and well-informed before the start of the new school year in August.

Our traditional ISR Summer BBQ was once again a great success, and we thank the commitment of everyone involved. It brought our ISR Families together to wrap up the school year and provided them with the perfect opportunity to connect in a relaxed and family-oriented environment. We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves in the beautiful weather. Moreover, we wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our guests and to Broich Catering for the impressive BBQ buffet! We would also like to thank our dedicated SLC Students, all of our teachers, staff members, and our ISR Parent Network for making this event a wonderful celebration!

Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Yara

Spotlight On Our Student Yara

This week, we are proud to spotlight our tenth-grader, Yara.

Yara joined ISR in 2018 and has been impressing her teachers with her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and organizational skills ever since.

Ms. Racheva, Yara’s Sports Teacher has many wonderful things to say about her. “I had the pleasure of teaching Yara since she was in the 5th grade. From the first day of class, Yara impressed me with her smile and positive attitude. She is a sporty, enthusiastic, and energetic person. Yara’s personal strengths are also impressive. She has an active and outgoing presence in class with a great sense of humor. Yara is the perfect person to get a group project rolling, but she also knows how to sit back and let others take the lead.”

Ms. Racheva goes on to say, “Yara is a trustworthy, reliable, and good-humored student and friend, who supports others in and out of the classroom. Her positive attitude and belief in herself, even in the face of difficulty, is an immensely admirable asset. I’m confident that she will continue to demonstrate the same diligence, perseverance, and optimism that she has showed myself and her peers. I am excited to see what she will accomplish in the future. Her cheerful nature and openness to feedback means she’s always learning and growing as a learner. She has impressive strength that will continue to serve her well in college and beyond. She is a driven, engaging, and curious student.”

Yara’s Science Teacher, Mr. Obrien adds, “It is a pleasure to have Yara as a student in my physics class.  She is intelligent, diligent and above all her outstanding work ethic is contagious, drawing those seated around her into actively engaging in their tasks.”

Yara is also very active in ISR’s Student Leadership Council. Ms. Bowien, ISR’s SLC Coordinator, as well as Yara’s former Math Teacher says, “Yara is currently the team leader of the SLC School Spirit Department. She has done such an amazing job this year! She is well organized, a hard worker, a proactive student, and just generally polite, friendly, funny, and a delight to work with. Yara is going to be the Head Prefect next year and I know that she will do an outstanding job.”

Ms. Bowien adds, “Not only is Yara a great leader and team player for the Student Leadership Council, but she is also academically very strong. I taught her Mathematics last year, and she is a truly gifted Mathematician who is well organized and dedicated to her schoolwork.”

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


The ISR Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our students from the ISR-Community every Friday, who embodies our guiding principle “We Enable Great Minds and Strong Characters” by consistently surpassing themselves. Whether through outstanding academic achievements, exceptional dedication, or remarkable character traits – we take pride in having already showcased hundreds of students – and there is more to look forward to every week!