ISR Welcomes the Liebfrauenschule – Bensheim to the ISR Education Group

Copyright: Liebfrauenschule

Friday, March 26, 2021

Following on from the successful acquisition of our sister school and partner Franziskus Gymnasium Nonnenwerth in August 2020, we are particularly pleased to announce another milestone in ISR’s history today:

Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, we welcome the Liebfrauenschule in Bensheim to our ISR Education Group and are pleased to add another renowned and unique school to our institution.

The Liebfrauenschule in Bensheim is a Catholic girls’ high school with a secondary school branch that is committed to providing young girls with a comprehensive and values-oriented school education. The girls’ school, which was run by the English Maria Ward Order for a long time, was founded in 1858. As such, the school looks back on a long and traditional history and a well-founded value system, which still shapes the foundation of the school today.

In the search for another educational partner, ISR and the Liebfrauenschule have found each other and are now striving from both sides to preserve the character of the school as a place of value-based girls’ education and to advance a careful, positive further development of the Liebfrauenschule, together with the families, the church as well as the teaching staff.

“We see the school’s well-founded value system as well as the Liebfrauenschule’s own identity as a great added value and important foundation on which to build in the future,” emphasizes Peter Soliman. “The promotion of girls and young women is the focus here: the school plays a very important role for their future. The strengths and the uniqueness of the school must be preserved, communicated to the outside world and the existing foundation positively developed further.”

We would like to thank the Church for the negotiations and discussions, which were characterized by deep respect and moral esteem, the Maria Ward Order, which will soon pass on the future of the Liebfrauenschule in a spirit of trust, as well as the parents’ representatives, with whom it was possible to get to know each other in advance.

Following the motto, “See, Judge, Act,” the careful transition to the takeover of the Liebfrauenschule in Bensheim will now be initiated. The coming months will be used for planning and preparation in order to work towards a positive new beginning in the school year 2022-2023, together with the parents, the students, the church and the teaching staff.

Statement from Peter Soliman:
Values remain as important as academic achievement

“I have the greatest respect for the Diocese of Mainz and the Sisters of the Order of Mary Ward. Both have made the Liebfrauenschule a success story that is recognized beyond the region, and in the process maneuvered the girls’ high school through many a difficult phase. In the future, ISR wants to help maintain and further improve the unique offering. There will definitely be a gentle transition: We want to see, judge and act together in the spirit of a long-term partnership. The coming months will be dedicated to planning and preparation. Together with parents, students, the church and the college, we want to work sustainably towards a positive new beginning in the 2022/2023 school year.

There is no doubt that in the future, values and personality will continue to be just as important as academic achievement. The Liebfrauenschule, therefore, retains its Christian orientation. Linked to this, honesty, sincerity, respect and trust remain the basis of education and upbringing. Especially in a time of change and uncertainty, the teaching of such values cannot be valued highly enough.

I am convinced that the modernity and flexibility of ISR and the tradition and values of the Liebfrauenschule will complement each other perfectly. Our experience shows: in such a situation, 1 + 1 makes more than 2! For example, we will contribute to make the Lieb-frauenschule fit for the future in the areas of digital infrastructure and equipment with modern communication technology. We attach great importance to mathematics and science education in the so-called STEM (MINT) subjects. In our digital and technological world, this is really effective support for girls.

Allow me to add a personal note: I have two daughters, one is in her second year of university and the other is in 10th grade. From discussions with them – including on concerns and hardships – I know first-hand what is on girls’ minds as they seek their place in careers and society. Both want to be in leadership positions helping to make our world a better place. In fact, these years of personal insight may be the most important prerequisite for my role at Liebfrauenschule, which I am very much looking forward to,” explains Peter Soliman.

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