Eid al-Fitr/Ramazan Bayramı Celebration at ISR

Eid al-Fitr/Ramazan Bayramı Celebration at ISR

Friday, 12 April 2024

As part of the Eid al-Fitr/Ramazan Bayramı Celebrations, our dedicated Muslim Community at ISR got together and organized a special surprise for our students last Friday. The Community gathered in our Entrance Hall and greeted our students warmly after school by handing out sweets to share the tradition with our international community. During the traditional festivities, families gather to share traditional foods among friends and relatives to celebrate Eid al-Fitr/Ramazan Bayramı.

Sharing this celebration with our community has become a cherished tradition at ISR and we sincerely thank our dedicated students and their families for their efforts and organization. At ISR, we are proud of our international community and appreciate the opportunity to participate in and honor the many traditions of our families that they cherish from all over the world!


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Anna

Spotlight On Our Student Anna

This week, we are proud to spotlight our fifth-grader Anna.

Anna joined ISR in 2018 and is an exceptional student! She is respected by her friends and teachers alike.

Her German teacher, Ms. Scholz, says, “Anna is an outstanding student, not only from an academic point of view. She is always in a good mood and enriches the lessons with good contributions and infectious enthusiasm. Anna accepts every challenge and tackles all subjects with vigour. She is always a great team player in her interactions with her classmates. Due to her uncomplicated and cheerful nature, it is an absolute enrichment to have her in the classroom”.

Anna’s Music teacher, Mr. Perez, adds, “Anna is an amazing student. Full of energy and kindness. Always keen to learn and go beyond what is expected. She is very responsible, organized and more than anything, humble.”

Ms. Duenas, who had Anna in her Kindergarten class, says, “Anna was in KG with me in 2018-2019. She was always very hardworking, kind, diligent, and very respectful towards others. She was wonderful to have, and we still greet each other in passing.”

Ms. Morris, a member of our Primary School Team at ISR, has great additional things to add about the fifth grader. “She has always been a bright, inquisitive, energetic presence in the classroom. She is an incredibly empathetic student, always considering the equitability and fairness of a situation for everyone involved. In Grade 1, she even formed a club with a few other students to help clean up the playground during break times as a way to help our planet. Anna perfectly exemplifies our motto, ‘It’s cool to be good!’.”

We are proud to spotlight Anna, 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!


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Uono

Spotlight On Our Student Uono

This week, we spotlight our ninth-grade student, Uono. He joined ISR in 2019 and has truly blossomed in his first year in the ISR Upper School. Ms. Jordanova, our Academic Coordinator for Grades 9–10 says: “Uono is exceptionally talented in art, demonstrating creativity and dedication in equal measure. Not only does he excel in his artistic pursuits, but he also maintains a strong commitment to his academic responsibilities.” Ms. Jordanova also praises Uono’s caring personality: “Uono’s respectful attitude towards his classmates further illustrates his character, making him a valued and respected member of his community. His ability to harmonize his passions and duties, all while fostering a positive environment, truly sets him apart.”

Uono’s former Mathematics teacher, Mr. Nisic, also comments on his commitment to developing his academic abilities: “As Uono’s previous teacher, I can say that Uono’s been progressing in math, facing every challenge head-on. It’s been a journey with him, that changed him and all of us a lot.”

Uono’s dynamic character is highlighted by his commitment to his favorite sport. His Sports teacher, Mr. Nous, says: “Uono doesn’t go anywhere without his basketball, so sport is always on his mind.” Uono is a student of many interests who can truly benefit from the opportunities and support he experiences at ISR.

This week we celebrate Uono and his dedication to furthering his academic and creative goals. We look forward to seeing what he will accomplish in the future and are happy to have him as part of our Student Community.

We are very proud to spotlight Uono, one of ISR’s many outstanding students.

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who, in line with this year’s theme, is striving for “extraordinary achievements” on a daily basis. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Sayeed

Spotlight On Our Student Sayeed

This week, we are proud to spotlight our second-grader Sayeed, who joined ISR this year. He was enthusiastically nominated for the Student Spotlight by his teacher, Ms. Hartmann, who has been very impressed with his development and integration into the ISR Primary School. She says, “Sayeed is a friendly, polite, and brilliant second-grader. He always has a smile on his face and is excited about learning and school. Sayeed is a fantastic friend to everyone in class and if someone needs help, he is always there for you. I am blessed to be his teacher this year and can’t wait to see what bright future lies ahead for him.”

Sayeed has also distinguished himself in his music class. His teacher, Ms. Ewing, explains, “Sayeed is a fantastic student who always displays enthusiasm and a positive attitude towards learning. He has made a great adjustment to ISR and does really well during music activities, such as being a good group leader during composition assignments or singing along with a smile to every song. He is a delight to teach!”

In his Social and Emotional Learning lessons, Sayeed also stands out. His teacher, Ms. Morris, tells us, “Sayeed is a joy to have in the classroom. He is an incredibly focused student who takes learning very seriously, but he always manages to have fun. Sayeed is a deep thinker and often adds a new dimension to class discussions with his perspective. He is a kind, empathetic and hard-working student!”

This week, we celebrate Sayeed and his amazing achievements in his first year at ISR. We look forward to seeing what he will accomplish in the future and are happy to have him as part of our Student Community.

We are very proud to spotlight Sayeed, one of ISR’s many outstanding students.

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who, in line with this year’s theme, is striving for “extraordinary achievements” on a daily basis. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Happy International Women´s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Friday, 8 March 2024

Today, we wish to celebrate women.

Women who make an impact, women who are brave, women who encourage others, and women’s rights and equality.
We are celebrating International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world.
At ISR, we pride ourselves on creating an environment where every student, regardless of gender, is equally supported. Among both — students and staff — we value our strong community and are proud of the following facts and figures:

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked a special question: What do our male students and colleagues think about International Women’s Day? Who has inspired them, and what ideas do they wish to share related to the topic?

Let’s take a moment to honor the women who have paved the way for progress, fought for equality, and continue to shape a brighter future for generations to come. This day is dedicated to women and the appreciation they deserve.

Happy International Women’s Day, ISR Community!


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Dan

Spotlight On Our Student Dan

This week, we are proud to spotlight our eleventh-grader Xinyang, known to his friends and teachers as Dan.

Dan joined ISR in 2020 and is a remarkable student! He was recently honored for his achievement on the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics Examination with the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award from Cambridge. The eleventh grader earned the highest score in Germany with an impressive 196 out of 200 points, a 98%! But there is much more to Dan than his impressive academic performance, as his ISR teachers explain.

“Dan speaks softly and carries a big brain. As his TOK teacher, I can attest to all the interesting insights Dan has to offer on problems simple and complicated. He is always happy to contribute in class, ask pertinent questions, and quick to help others. He’s truly a delight to teach!”, says Mr. McGee from the ISR Humanities Department. Ms. Mitchell from the ISR Science Department adds, “Dan is an excellent scientist, has a fantastic work ethic and a kind spirit. He puts himself fully into everything he does.”

Ms. Wacker from the ISR UCC Department adds: “Dan aims to study Engineering or Physics in Switzerland, UK, Germany, or Singapore. He is a very strong and ambitious student; plays badminton, chess and the guitar and enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction!”

Dan is also a member of the ISR Student Leadership Counsil, working with his fellow students on the topic of Physical Health and Well-being.  SLC Coordinator, Ms. Bowien explains that Dan “is a very involved and helpful student. He takes feedback very seriously and he is very helpful!”.

Ms. Macanovic, who has worked with Dan for many years, explains, “Dan is a wonderful student! Polite, considerate of everyone, and academically very strong! Even when he was in Grade 8, he had the same great qualities, so this shows his maturity level.”

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

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who, in line with this year’s theme, is striving for “extraordinary achievements” on a daily basis. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Valeria

Spotlight On Our Student Valeria

This week, we spotlight our fourth-grader Valeria, who joined ISR in 2019. Valeria has had a remarkable journey of growth at ISR. She is an exceptional and focused student who values accuracy in her studies. Ms. Ghica, ISR’s Academic Head for Grade 1, has known Valeria for many years and wanted to share some heartfelt thoughts. “Valeria has been a shining star since the day she first stepped into our classrooms in Grade 1. Over the years, I have had the privilege of watching her grow into the extraordinary student she is today. Her journey has been nothing short of inspiring.” Ms. Ghica goes into say, “From the very beginning, it was evident that Valeria possessed a keen intellect and an insatiable curiosity. She approached every lesson with enthusiasm, always eager to delve deeper into the subject matter. What truly sets Valeria apart is her exceptional attention to detail. Whether it’s in her assignments, presentations, or class discussions, she consistently demonstrates a level of precision and thoroughness that is truly impressive. Well done, Valeria!”

Her former teacher, Ms. Hartmann, also has praise for Valeria, “Valeria is an amazing student. She is always happy, friendly, a great friend to everyone and has a beautiful soul. Valeria is an excellent student and truly reflects our ISR spirit of enabling great minds and strong characters. I was blessed to teach Valeria for two years and truly miss being her teacher. She has a bright future ahead and I can’t wait to see how bright Valeria will shine.”

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

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who, in line with this year’s theme, is striving for “extraordinary achievements” on a daily basis. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Student Spotlights: Spotlight On Our Student Sally

Spotlight On Our Student Sally

This week, we spotlight our eleventh-grader Sally, who joined ISR in 2014. Sally is a hard-working student and is very involved in school activities at ISR. She recently had great success leading the organization of the Middle School Lock-In with her SLC Events Team. The event highlighted the great achievements that come with focused and enthusiastic leadership skills, which Sally displayed in abundance.

Her SLC Coordinator says, “Sally is the team leader of the Events Department. She is extremely well-organized and has great leadership skills. She is empathetic, kind, very hard-working and always has a smile on her face. Sally is the type of person whom you go to if you need something done, she is amazing.” We are very proud to spotlight Sally, one of ISR’s many outstanding students.

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

Every Friday, our Student Spotlight Project aims to highlight one of our outstanding students who, in line with this year’s theme, is striving for “extraordinary achievements” on a daily basis. No matter if it is academic success, special commitment or outstanding character traits – we look forward to sharing each of these success stories.


Students from Musicbox Oxana successfully participated in "Jugend Musiziert"

Students from Musicbox Oxana successfully participated in “Jugend Musiziert”

We are delighted to share another success story from our in-house music school, Musicbox Oxana, and our exceptionally talented students! 19 students, including ten from ISR, participated in the music competition “Jugend musiziert” in the categories piano four hands and violin with piano duo, reflecting our ISR motto, “It’s cool to be good,” in the best way possible!

Every student from Musicbox Oxana who participated achieved an outstanding first place! Additionally, three duos will now have the opportunity to participate in the NRW State Competition due to their exceptional achievements. We are incredibly proud of the students’ accomplishments and the team at Musicbox Oxana! The entire ISR Family is eagerly anticipating the NRW State Competition.

Congratulations to Julia, Mathilda, Hanru, Sophia, Anna, Emilia, Yihan, Caifei, Peter, Lara, Lucy, Lawrence, Rocky, Ricky, Constantin, Eliza, Hewei, Xixian, and Lena.


ISR Carnival Parade in Niederkassel

ISR took part in the Carnival Parade in Niederkassel

Sunday, 11 February 2024

At ISR, the spirit of unity and cultural diversity is deeply embedded in our traditions. Hence, we take pride in fostering a sense of community among our international family. This year, we were thrilled to participate in the lively and family-friendly Carnival Parade in Düsseldorf-Niederkassel!

Under the motto of “Many Cultures, One Global Language: Education,” we joined forces with over 100 families from all three ISR Branches, each adorned in their distinctive traditional attire. The parade was a vibrant tapestry of diversity, featuring Dirndls and Lederhosen, Canadian flags, elegant Indian Saris, traditional Chinese Hanfu dresses, and beautiful Japanese Kimonos. It was a testament to the rich mosaic of cultures that our ISR Community stands for!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the enthusiastic participants who made this event memorable! Through such joyous occasions, we continue to build bridges of understanding and appreciation. Sharing the tradition of carnival with our international ISR Family and the broader regional community is one of the cultural highlights of our school year.