Virtual Jura Career Talk with Dr. Schröder-Frerkes

Jura Career Talk with Dr. Schröder-Frerkes

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Today, we had the great honor of introducing our students to Dr. Schröder-Frerkes, a distinguished lawyer and partner at Bird & Bird, an international operating law firm. Within the framework of a virtual discussion, our middle and upper school students had the opportunity to ask specific questions relating to law, Dr. Schröder-Frerkes’ professional profile as well as his experience in practicing law. During that discussion, our students gained insight into the complex everyday life of a lawyer in a lively Q&A round. We were also pleased to welcome two students from our sister school, the Franziskus Gymnasium Nonnenwerth, to this event.

Dr. Schröder-Frerkes has more than 25 years of professional experience as a corporate and M&A lawyer and offers his domestic and foreign clients extensive expertise in the areas of M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, MBOs, group valuations, restructurings, and re-organizations as well as joint ventures. In the course of his career, he has achieved numerous notable successes and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by the former German Federal President, Mr. Horst Köhler, for his commitment to the development of German-American relations. Since 2008, Dr. Schröder-Frerkes has also served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (NRW) and on various advisory boards, including ISR.

We are pleased to be able to offer our students the opportunity to have extensive interactions with highly qualified and inspiring individuals. These opportunities have far-reaching benefits to our students as they can learn from their experiences and successes and focus on their future plans.

We would like to thank Dr. Schröder-Frerkes for taking the time to show our students exclusive insights into the work of a lawyer. Interactive lectures like these create considerable added value for our students at both schools!


Happy Valentine´s Day!

Happy Valentine´s Day from ISR!

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Dear ISR Family,

It’s been almost a year now since the pandemic started affecting Germany, and since then, much of our familiar way of living has been altered. Our regular “in-person” interactions, such as our events, our conferences, and one-on-one meetings with you have all been missing during the last year. Despite these circumstances, our ISR Community is as strong as ever and we can look confidently into the future, knowing that if anything, the pandemic has drawn us much closer as a community.

Our love for education is the appropriate theme for today because excellent education enriches the lives of people around the world. For 18 years, this has been our mission – to provide the best education for our students.

Happy Valentine´s Day!

Valentine's Day Cards

Our Primary Team has come up with a lovely project for Valentine´s Day to spread a little happiness to children all over the world.
Our students put a lot of effort into designing individual virtual cards to wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. With these lovingly designed cards, they want to put a smile on the faces of everyone who sees them.

We thank our Primary Team for organizing this creative project and of course our students for their time and effort. The cards turned out wonderfully!


International Day of Education

International Day of Education

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Is there a deeper purpose to education, beyond simply a degree or a grade?

Not only students seek to answer this century-old question – also educators, school staff, and parents consider the purpose of their efforts. Given that today is “International Day of Education”, we posed this question to members of the ISR staff. Over the past 20 years, our team at ISR continues to be dedicated to providing the best possible education, to challenge and encourage our students, and to pave the way for a successful and happy future. For each of us, education means something different – but we all agree on one thing: education is the most important asset we have, it is our drive, and our passion at ISR.

As Ms. McGee says:  “A good school will give students knowledge, a great school will make students lifelong learners”

And this is the education that we strive for at ISR.


Our ISR Community: Strong cohesion despite physical distance

Our ISR Community: Strong cohesion despite physical distance

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

At ISR, we are especially proud of the strong parent community that helps shape and enrich our school life. During these times, it is especially important to maintain a constant exchange with our ISR Parent Network! For this reason, all Parent Network meetings with our ISR Management Team take place virtually. This allows families to interact with school leadership, exchange ideas, and for the ISR community to come together virtually. We thank all Class Reps for their participation and are grateful for the positive meeting yesterday.

Face-to-face contact with students is also especially important during this time. In addition to our virtual meetings as well as virtual classes at ISR, our committed Academic Coordinators offer a Zoom Session each day where parents or students can dial in to discuss questions, exchange thoughts, make appointments with class teachers, or simply to meet again virtually after the long time.

All this to say – we miss our parents and students, but we are happy and thankful to be able to keep up the communication virtually!


ZDF Interview with Mr. Soliman, Ms. Vrem and Ms. McGee

ZDF Interview with Mr. Soliman, Ms. Vrem and Ms. McGee

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Today, ZDF visited us to interview three of our American staff members about yesterday’s riots in Washington D.C.
ZDF is the main program of the broadcasting company Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen and the second public national television program in Germany.

The interviewees included our Executive Director Peter Soliman, our Head of Kindergarten Alex Vrem, and our Upper School Director Samatha McGee. “It’s a shame, a sad day for the U.S.,” Peter Soliman said of the events in Washington. “It is very right that the Senate and Congress came back to the Capitol to finish their work. That was highly professional.”

Dr. Alexander Schröder-Frerkes, a member of ISR’s Advisory Board and Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in NRW, was also interviewed in this context. As a representative of American interests in Germany, Dr. Schröder-Frerkes is an indispensable advisor at our international school. In 2010, he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his services to the development of German-American relations. The interview was broadcast this afternoon on the Mittagsmagazin.


Ded Moroz Celebration

ISR Ded Moroz Celebration

Monday, 21 December 2020

To celebrate Ded Moroz again this year, our dedicated Russian community came up with something very special. They acted out the story of Ded Moroz and shared their wonderful video with our ISR community. We are very grateful to be a part of this tradition and would like to thank everyone for their efforts! Enjoy watching!


Virtual ISR Alumni Reception

ISR virtual Alumni Reception

Friday, 18 December 2020

Yesterday, for the first time in ISR’s history, our ISR Alumni Reception took place virtually!

Many ISR alumni joined us from different countries around the world to share special experiences, talk about their career choices and to look back on their time at ISR. Another fascinating feature of the meeting was that one of our students from the second IB year of ISR was part of the group and enriched the event with his exciting stories.

We would like to thank our UCC team as well as our Deputy Director, Mr. Cete, for this invaluable event and we are happy that despite the circumstances we could keep up with the tradition of our ISR Alumni Reception before the Winter Break!

We wish you all a reflective Christmas season and look forward to seeing you again next year!


ISR Kindergarten Düsseldorf: Winter Concert & Santa Visit

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

As we are so close to the vacations, our ISR Kindergarten children in Düsseldorf spent an especially exciting day full of events and wonderful surprises!

In the morning, the first ISR Winter Concerts took place, in which the children proudly presented their parents with joyful Christmas songs that they had rehearsed together over the past weeks. Of course, the parents could not be there live – so the families joined the concert virtually! The rooms were filled with merry winter songs, happy children and an exceptional proud ISR Kindergarten Team!

After these concerts, there was a very special surprise for the children: Santa came to visit, to reward the children for the successful concerts, and to bring in the end of the year in a festive way. This year, Santa had come up with a very special surprise for the children: they all received a special toothbrush container in the shape of rubber ducks and frogs!

We thank everyone involved for this wonderful day, look forward to the last days in Kindergarten before the vacations and are already excited about what the new year has in store for our ISR Kindergarten in Düsseldorf!

ISR Model United Nations

ISR Model United Nations

Friday, 4 December 2020

We are happy to announce that our 5th ISR Model United Nations simulation ran successfully last Thursday to Friday. MUN on the Rhine is a simulated United Nations conference that is planned, set-up, and hosted by students at ISR. This year’s theme was “Remembering the Past and Preparing for the Future: The Effects of Universal Militarization”. Within this theme we hosted have three separate committees discussing past, present, and future issues. The objective of this year’s conference is to remind ourselves of the detrimental effects militarization has had in the past and work together internationally to prevent more catastrophes from happening in the future.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the team of students didn’t only manage to host a conference, but also to broaden the conferences’ portfolio by taking on new challenges, as this was our first time to have a Historical Committee, the Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space, and the Security Council. The conference required students to research their topic and prepare for in-committee discussions with their peers about matters of political or historical interest. The two-day conference was filled with fruitful discussions, innovative solutions, and outstanding resolutions.

We are very proud of the achievements of our students, who have put a lot of time and passion into the preparations and conferences. Thank you for your hard work! It´s cool to be good!


ISR Twelfth Graders Support Environmental Awareness

ISR Twelfth Graders Support Environmental Awareness

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Four of our dedicated students went out on the streets  to clean the city from garbage and pollution again. Our students Penelope, Kazuki, Gordon and Mona met last Saturday at Düsseldorf Central Station to carefully collect and dispose of the garbage lying on the ground.

For several months some of our Grade 12 IB students have been involved in a CAS project with the initiative ” Wir machen Deutschland sauber “, which was initiated by the Japanese community of Düsseldorf. The goal is to promote environmental awareness and at the same time to present arriving guests and residents to the City of Düsseldorf with an welcoming clean environment at the train station. It was another successful day and we are incredibly proud of the commitment of our students, who among other things, are wonderful role models who are keen to demonstrate the importance of environmental awareness.