ISR International Spring Festival – Celebrating cultural diversity and our unique community spirit

ISR International Spring Festival – Celebrating cultural diversity and our unique community spirit

Monday, 16 May 2022

This weekend, the weather Gods looked favorably upon our ISR International Spring Festival 2022. Over 1,000 families and guests from all over the world came together for events, music, good food from many cultures, and fun activities – and the families were finally able to meet each other and their children’s teachers again on campus.

The festival was themed: “Many cultures – one global language: Education” where we celebrated the unique international community spirit at ISR. Guests could experience numerous highlights – including ponies, sports stations of our dedicated SLO® and sports department, as well as a comprehensive stage program consisting of musical performances, theater, and a raffle for the children. In addition, visitors were able to get a comprehensive picture of various student projects in the classrooms, and children were able to experience what it means to be part of ISR through hands-on activities. Last but not least, our international “Taste of the World” buffet, which was second to none, successfully rounded off the celebration. Families came dressed in typical national clothing, proudly representing their national food.

Our ISR partners from sports, theater, arts, music, and transport were represented with booths. Many of these partners have been loyal to ISR for over a decade – and we are sure to work together for another decade going forward.

We were so thankful that we could see families and visitors coming together again campus-wide. This successful celebration was due to the great support of our dedicated ISR Parent Network, our international community, faculty, staff, and our cooperation partners.

We are looking forward to future celebrations at ISR and are especially proud to be a part of our unique ISR Family – a community unlike none other 💙💛❤️.

We sincerely thank our talented Photographer Melanie Osterried.


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Aanya

Student Spotlight: Spotlight On Our Student Aanya

Friday, 13 May 2022

This week, we spotlight our second-grader Aanya, who joined ISR this academic school year. Since she started at ISR, she has had a smile on her face and stands out for her kindness. Aanya is a diligent student who works hard in the classroom, and supports her friends in any possible way. During class, she is always very engaged and her music teacher, Ms. Bucher, confirms, that Aanya always gives her best in every music lesson. “Aanya brightens up every music lesson with her beautiful attitude!

Aanya has been able to settle in quickly at ISR and convince the whole ISR community of her abilities. “Aanya is an exceptionally kind, caring, and thoughtful member of 2D. She is always on hand to help others around our classroom who are struggling. Not only that, Aanya gives her all into each and every lesson we complete. She participates wonderfully and thoroughly enjoys the learning process! She is fantastic!” her teacher Ms. Hargrave adds.

We are very proud to spotlight Aanya, 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.


International Mathematics Competition: ISR students achieve outstanding results

International Mathematics Competition: ISR students achieve outstanding results

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

We are proud to announce that our Grade 8 students, along with a select group of students from Grades 5 & 6 performed exceptionally well in the AMC 8 Competition.

AMC is an international mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.

We are ecstatic to highlight that one of our Grade 8 students, Eileen (Yixi), placed in the top 5% of participants WORLDWIDE! Congratulations to Eileen (Yixi)! We are so proud of you!

In addition to this, Grade 8 students Zongxi & Piotr tied for 2nd place and Mehul & Jacob tied for 3rd place amongst the participants at ISR.

Congratulations to all of our successful participants! You are further proof of our motto at ISR: It’s cool to be good!


ISR Students visited QIAGEN

ISR Students visited QIAGEN

Monday, 9 May 2022

End of April, eight Grade 11 biology students visited the QIAGEN laboratories in Düsseldorf. After a guided tour through the campus where they observed the working laboratories, they put on their lab coats and guided by Dr. Norbert Hochstein, Director of Research and Development at Qiagen, the students carried out a DNA extraction experiment. The latest in PCR testing equipment was on display and the students learned about how the process is becoming digitized, allowing for far faster test results.

The visit concluded with an inspiring career talk from a professional scientist, Dr. Julia Täubner, allowing the students an insight into the path taking to work for a leading provider of molecular diagnostic technologies.

We sincerely thank Qiagen for this enriching opportunity for our students!


Turkish Children's Festival at ISR

Turkish Children’s Festival at ISR

Monday, 9 May 2022

On Friday, in bright sunshine, our ISR families came together to celebrate the Turkish Children’s Festival 23 Nisan Çocuk Bayrami on campus after school.

A joyful festival awaited the children with many special highlights such as ponies, Turkish specialties, and an exciting stage program, which was ceremoniously opened by the Turkish Consul General in Düsseldorf, Mrs. Karaarslan. Also, our Deputy Director, Mr. Cete, did not miss the opportunity to open the festival on behalf of ISR with some greetings in Turkish. We wish to thank our Turkish community, which planned and carried out the festivities with a lot of dedication and commitment.

We were especially delighted to welcome so many families here on campus again and are grateful that our international ISR community could come together again in such a festive atmosphere!


Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Over 1,000 students and their families come together at ISR – from over 52 nations worldwide. Amongst us are so many amazing women who wish to offer their children love and security, and the best education for their child – for a happy and fulfilling future.

Our ISR community is made up of hundreds of mothers, hundreds of stories of motherhood, and most importantly, hundreds of children who admire and love their mothers deeply.

We are pleased to share with you the voices of a few children, whose responses reflect a very special and common refrain when asked the question: “What makes your mother so special to you?

What an important role our mothers play and how they serve as our role models!

Happy Mother’s Day!


Students Visited MakerSpace

Students Visited MakerSpace

Friday, 6 May 2022

Shortly before the ISR Spring Break, a group of our Grade 11 Physics and Computer Science students visited the MakerSpace workshop at the Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld.

Each student was provided with the base components and with the instructions provided by the MakerSpace team to construct their very own wireless Bluetooth speaker to take home with them. The skills acquired by the students included soldering and circuit building. They learned more about the importance of designing the housing of a speaker to optimize the output sound energy.

A great experience for all involved and one that we are keen to repeat! We sincerely thank the Hochschule Niederrhein for organizing such an interesting and enriching workshop with a great learning outcome for our students!

#itscooltobegood


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Irem

Student Spotlight: Spotlight On Our Student Irem

Friday, 6 May 2022

This week, we spotlight our first-grade student Irem, who joined ISR in Kindergarten. Irem is a wonderful student who always has a smile on her face. She is a kind and caring child who cares deeply for others and always lends a helping hand to a friend in need. Ms. Morris, Academic Head for grades 1 and 2 adds, “ Irem is a great role model for her classmates at ISR!”

Irem is a friendly student who always has a smile on her face. Her strong personality makes her to a confident young student. Her teacher, Ms. Broscheit, says about her, ”Irem absolutely loves listening to stories. She often shares her thoughts and ideas that relate to the stories we read together. Irem has a great sense of humor and can often be seen giggling in the classroom. If you are ever in need of some cheering up, being in her company will most definitely fix that.” We are already looking forward to seeing how Irem will continue to develop at ISR.

We are very proud to spotlight Irem, 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.


Eid Mubarek Celebration at ISR

Eid Mubarek Celebration at ISR

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Our Muslim community celebrated the traditional festival of Eid Mubarek yesterday. Today, they did not miss the opportunity to share their wonderful tradition with our international school community. For this, the families went to great lengths to decorate a booth and distribute sweets to all the children in honor of the festival. We are very grateful that our families shared this special tradition with us and that we were able to celebrate Eid Mubarek with our entire community – our students were clearly delighted!


Another Successful Career Talk at ISR

Another Successful Career Talk at ISR

Monday, 2 May 2022

Last Friday, another successful Career Talk took place at ISR. Two employees of the international auditing company Ernst & Young, which is represented in over 150 countries, visited us. Mr. Stojanovic, former dual student of EY and current assistant, as well as Mr. Brookshaw, Senior Manager, held an exciting lecture in front of our 11th graders, during which our students got an insight into the company and its diverse fields of activity, as well as, into the daily work of an auditor and the application process.  The Career Talk was very interactive as our students clearly showed their great interest and asked many varied questions.

Mr. Stojanovic and Mr. Brookshaw talked about their service lines, the difference in auditing small and large companies, and the impact of COVID-19 on EY. Furthermore, they explained the benefits that come with working in an international company, such as valuing cultural diversity. “We love to be as colorful as we could be,” Mr. Brookshaw emphasized. Another important part of EY is the individual development of its “talents”, as well as, the conscious promotion of women in management positions. Special programs are in place to help them develop their own careers. Currently, 44% of EY’s employees are female and as Mr. Brookshaw emphasized at this point “it is extremely important to hire and promote female leaders”. During the Career Talk, it quickly became clear that EY offers every one of its employees the opportunity to pursue a successful career on a level playing field. The Career Talk was a great success and the interest of our students was so great that Mr. Brookshaw and Mr. Stojanovic took the time afterwards to have individual conversations with our students and answer open questions. We are already looking forward to discussing further cooperation opportunities with EY in the future, where our students will have the opportunity to get to know the company better.

We would like to thank Mr. Brookshawn and Mr. Stojanovic for their exciting visit and their time!