SLOⓇ Activity - Creative Minds

SLOⓇ Activity – Creative Minds

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Creative Minds is an SLOⓇ activity teaching children through hands-on activities to expand their creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and Design Thinking Methodologies. Creative Minds allows children from KG through Grade 10 to understand issues and find solutions whilst allowing the students to grow outside of the daily school curriculum.

Our Creative Minds students have been very busy making gifts for others this holiday season.

Last year, our Inspiring Girls, a class of 5th and 6th Grade girls learning about women who excelled in their field of work, visited the St. Augustinus Memory Zentrum with homemade gifts and a show featuring their many musical talents. Due to COVID-19, we could not visit the center this year. Instead, our girls took warm socks and creatively packaged them up as cupcakes for the residents. The socks were delivered on Tuesday, December 15th to the Memory Zentrum in Neuss for the residents to enjoy!

On Saturday, December 12th, Creative Minds held it’s first online zoom session! Students joined the session to make their parents a surprise holiday present! The children enjoyed the session and look forward to surprising their parents this week.

On Sunday, December 13th, more students joined a 2nd zoom session, this time making a special holiday gift for their teachers! The students enjoyed this fun project and were very excited to bring their gifts to their teachers the next day!

Many thanks to Creative Minds Leader and ISR Mom, Susie Seum!

ISR Autumn Art Camp

ISR Autumn Art Camp

Monday, 19 October 2020

Last week our ISR Autumn Art Camp was successfully held with a limited number of students. Bettina Schulenberg, a parent at ISR, prepared a week filled with creative ideas and lots of fun for our ISR students.

Each day, our students immersed themselves deeply in the art world and had the opportunity to try their hands at different art techniques. This included canvas painting, wood, and other objects, as well as carving pumpkins according to the season.

The daily program included having lunch together, which gave everyone an opportunity to share thoughts about the previous day, what they enjoyed working on and what they are excited to try to do.

The students also enjoyed a pleasant picnic in the schoolyard, where they ate sushi, fruit salad and freshly baked cookies together while listening to inspiring music. Ms. Schulenberg ensured that there was variety to the week, creative games were played and everyone had great fun.

The week ended with a fantastic exhibition of the students’ work. Together they proudly displayed their works. All the students that it was a refreshing week, and we hope for as much success at the next ISR Art Camp.

We would like to thank Mrs. Schulenberg for this exciting week!

Looking Back: Summer Art Camp 2019

Looking Back: Summer Art Camp 2019

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Colourful brushes, painted canvases and radiant children: last week saw the start of the school holidays with a creative Summer Art Camp week. The programme, led by Bettina Schulenberg, was fully booked a few weeks after it was announced. This is of course, due to the stellar reputation Ms. Schulenberg has as an amazing art teacher.

The program begun every morning with the classic “artist’s” breakfast, where the students and Ms. Schulenberg all sat together, exchanged ideas, discussed events of the previous day and thereafter, began their creative process. Ms. Schulenberg took great care to make the camp as varied and interesting as possible for all the participants. Both beginners and advanced students tried out different painting techniques on canvas, they painted individual dog sculptures, practiced on their own models and learned a lot about painting techniques and art in general. Lunch breaks were spent outside in the sunshine, where further questions about art were discussed.

The highlight of the Summer Art Camp was the closing vernissage of the students’ artworks created during the week. The students invited their parents, friends, teachers and family members. So many of the guests were impressed by just how much the students had learnt during the week and how beautiful their artworks were, the exhibition was indeed a huge success!

We would like to thank Ms. Schulenberg for her commitment to this creative Art Camp and we look forward to the upcoming Summer Art Camp in 2020!

Ms. Schulenberg offers creative courses in her studio at Hermannsplatz 7 in Neuss. If you are interested please visit her website:

ISR Art Camp 2020

ISR Art Camp 2020

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

A week of an exciting and creative ISR Art Camp came to an end last Friday! Ms. Schulenberg, one of our ISR parents, led the ISR Art Camp again this year with a limited number of students. She prepared an exciting week for our students to try their hand at different artistic expressions and let their creativity run free. One of our upper school students, Lennart, supported Ms. Schulenberg during the camp week, and he did an amazing job – thank you Lennart!

The week culminated in an amazing art exhibition in which the students displayed the creative artworks that they had worked on all week. The results speak for themselves!

We are already looking forward to the ISR Art Camp next year!

ISR Winter Concerts 2019

ISR Winter Concerts 2019

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

ISR Winter Concerts 2019

Another wonderful series of our beloved ISR winter concerts today came to an end with the last concert from Middle School. Our students, and in particular our music teachers Ms. Bucher, Ms. Gander, and Mr. Foy, have all been working very hard over the last few months to make this a success and the results were truly amazing!

With tunes from all over the world, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (accompanying on piano), from glockenspiel to trumpet, and songs in several different languages, such as Japanese and Italian just to mention but two, the concerts mirrored the diversity of our school – of which we are all very proud! We now wrap up this year and wish all our families and friends a happy holiday season!

Inktober – another great project at ISR!

Inktober – another great project at ISR!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Inktober – another great project at ISR!

Inktober is a month-long art challenge, created by artist Jake Parker, that focuses on improving drawing skills and developing positive habits. According to one popular study, it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit. As author John Irving said, “Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online.

Our art department also joins Inktober and our students have been drawing diligently every day since the beginning of October. For each day there is a different theme and there are no limits to creativity. In the group, our students exchange ideas and get inspired anew every day. Our art teacher actively supports the project and motivates our students as well. We’re more than proud to offer this creative project to our students and we’re looking forward to seeing all the results in the end!

A few examples:

History Presentation by Bridget King

History Presentation by Bridget King

Sunday, 06 October 2019

Last week, Tuesday, Ms. Bridget King gave a talk to grade 11 history students about her family’s history in Germany and experiences during the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. The compelling talk weaved a family narrative with the broader history of the era, describing what Ms. King called a “normal experience” for Jewish families in the 1930s.

The impressive range of sources and artifacts she shared brought her family’s tragic story to life for the students and served as a real life supplement to material studied in history books and in classes.

We would like to thank Ms. King for sharing her experiences with the class and for making herself available to students who are now very interested in engaging in their own research into their family histories after this talk.

Charity Event at the Deutsche Bank Düsseldorf

Charity Event at the Deutsche Bank Düsseldorf

Monday, 23 September 2019

Charity Event at the Deutsche Bank Düsseldorf

Last Wednesday, several of our Grade 7 students participated in a unique project in cooperation with the Deutsche Bank an der Kö and Spendezeit e.V.. Together with the artist Elena Panknin, the seventh-graders therefore created a work of art at Deutsche Bank that the artist had planned in advanced in a variety of styles.

Each student was given their own topic and was able to express themselves artistically. Following the creative part of the event, parents, friends, employees and two guests of honour, Düsseldorf Mayor Ms. Zepuntke and Mr. Rolshoven, President of the Düsseldorfer Jonges, came together to finish the event at a get-together. The artist proudly handed over the finished painting to the ISR students, which will be on display at ISR following the artist’s exhibition at Deutsche Bank.

All in all, the evening was a complete success! We are proud to have had our Grade 7 students invited to participate in this unique event.

At ISR, it is important to us to teach our students a sense of responsibility from an early age and to sharpen their awareness for the well-being of others. We would therefore like to thank everyone involved for this joint project, and we are pleased that our students had the opportunity to support the Donation Time Association together with Deutsche Bank and the artist Elena Panknin through the painting.

ISR Summer School 2019

ISR Summer School 2019

Monday, 29 July 2019

Our four weeks full of fun and action have come to an end: As in every year, the ISR Summer School took place during the past few weeks with lots of fun and joy.  The mornings were developed with educational material and deepening the kids’ knowledge through exciting experiments. The afternoons focused on fun and games, like going to the trampoline hall or playing lasertag.

An unforgettable time, with a lot of fun and activities ends for the kids. We are already looking forward to next year and hope to see some of you again.

A few impressions:

新年快乐! Happy Chinese New Year 2019!

新年快乐! Happy Chinese New Year 2019!

Tuesday, 05 February 2019

豬年是充满幸福的一年, 表示机会, 勇气, 信心。 希望今年这些积极的特征陪您。

Today we welcome the Lunar New Year of the Pig. The Year of the Pig is a year of happiness and stands for opportunities, courage, and optimism. We hope that these positive characteristics will also accompany you throughout the year.

We wish all ISR families a Happy New Year of the Pig!

Join Us! On Sunday, February 10, ISR will celebrate, the Chinese New Year together with the Chinese School Mingde in Krefeld and our Chinese community.

A delicious buffet with traditional food, colorful performances, and much more await you!

The event will take place in our cafeteria beginning at 11:30 am and the stage program will start at 2:00 pm. We look forward to see you and your family there!