Athletics Carnival

GRÜSSE VOM
SCHULLEITER

GRÜSSE VOM SCHULLEITER

Liebe Mitglieder der Schulgemeinde,

Vor kurzem haben Jennifer Gilmore und Julia Erben vom Schulvorstand die neuen Eltern an unserer Schule zu einem ‚Cultural Welcome‘ eingeladen. Es ging darum, die neue Umgebung für die Kinder und auch die Eltern zu verstehen, Fragen zu klären und einfach in einen netten Austausch zu kommen. Als die Eltern gebeten wurden, die neue Schule ihrer Kinder kurz zu beschreiben, fielen Worte wie diverse, multicultural, good teachers, family, inclusive, unique und eclectic. Ein sehr gelungener Abend, wie uns viele Eltern berichteten.

Unsere bilinguale, sehr internationale, integrative und inklusive Schule ist tatsächlich einzigartig und eröffnet unseren Schülerinnen und Schülern vielfaeltige Enwicklungsmöglichkeiten. Aber sie steht auch für hervorragende Bildungschancen und akademische Ergebnisse, wie sie beispielsweise durch die gerade veroeffentlichten NAPLAN-Ergebnisse des letzten Jahres belegt werden. GISS belegt sowohl mit der Grundschule als auch mit der Sekundarstufe Platz 3 in den gesamten Northern Beaches. Das ist ein ganz hervorragendes Ergebnis in einem hochkompetitiven Umfeld, besonders wenn man bedenkt, dass die Tests nur auf Englisch durchgeführt werden, was für viele unserer Kinder nicht die Muttersprache ist, dass wir, anders als viele andere Schulen, nicht intensiv auf die Tests vorbereiten, und dass wir mit teilweise sehr selektiven Schulen konkurrieren.

Wie fachliche und persönliche Kompetenzen entwickelt, vernetzt, integriert und angewendet werden, dafür sehen Sie in dieser Gutenberg Post wieder zahlreiche Beispiele aus allen Stufen, schauen Sie es sich an!


Herzliche Grüße,

Lorenz Metzger
Schulleiter




Herzliche Grüße,

Lorenz Metzger
Schulleiter





gREETINGS fROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear members of the school community,

Recently, Jennifer Gilmore and Julia Erben from the school board invited the new parents at our school to a 'Cultural Welcome'. It was a great opportunity for a friendly exchange about understanding the new environment for the children and the parents and to help clarify any questions. When parents were asked to briefly describe their children's new school, words such as diverse, multicultural, good teachers, familyinclusive, unique and eclectic were used . According to the feedback from many parents, it was a very successful evening.

Our bilingual, international, and inclusive school is truly unique and opens up a wide range of development opportunities for our students. But it also stands for excellent educational opportunities and academic results, as shown, for example, in the recently published NAPLAN results from last year’s tests. GISS ranks 3rd in the entire Northern Beaches in both primary and secondary education. This is an excellent result in a highly competitive environment, especially considering that the tests are conducted in English, which for many of our students is not their first language. Also, unlike many other schools, we do not prepare intensively for the tests and we must compete with sometimes highly selective schools.

How professional and personal competencies are developed, networked, integrated and applied at GISS can be viewed in the various stories and reports from all levels at the school here in the Gutenberg Post. Make sure to take a look!

Best wishes

Lorenz Metzger
Principal


staff - mitarbeiter

Meet our new staff member, Alice Fenton

And Ulrike Miehle reminds us of what her role as School Counseller entails and how to get in touch with her.

The 2023 Learning Diversity Team

from left to right: Barbara Riegger, Stefan Hendry, Pia Hofmann, Rachel Hennig, Corryne Keller, Jutta Bussche, Ulrike Miehle, Annette Noronha, Hugh Crundwell

GISS has been ranked as one of the top three Primary and Secondary schools on the Northern Beaches, according to the latest NAPLAN data (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) released by acara, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting authority.

GISS also remains in the top 100 schools in NSW and therefore solidifies its standing as one of the best Primary and Secondary schools on the Northern Beaches and in NSW.

Our Principal, Lorenz Metzger, commented: “I am thrilled that GISS has once again achieved great success in the annual NAPLAN scores, especially as we are non-selective. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers that both our Primary and Secondary School placed third on the Northern Beaches. I would like to congratulate our students and extend my heartfelt thanks to our highly qualified and dedicated teachers who have contributed to these outstanding results.”

Assessed on reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy skills, the NAPLAN exams are rolled out annually to Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Even though GISS does not specifically prepare its students for these exams, it is evident that the school’s educational approach and philosophy translates into measurable and above-average learning outcomes that will open many opportunities for its students.

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At our traditional Valentine's Day fundraiser our entrepreneurial Year 11 cupids sold chocolates and  hand-crafted cards which they then delivered to many happy students and staff members in an effort to raise funds for the school charity, a Girl in her world.

we celebrate valentine's day

Bei unserer traditionellen Valentinstag-Spendenaktion verkauften unsere unternehmerischen Amoren der 11 Klasse Pralinen und handgefertigte Karten, die sie dann an viele glückliche SchülerInnen und MitarbeiterInnen lieferten, um Geld für die Schulwohltätigkeitsorganisation a Girl in her world zu sammeln.

Peer Review an der Taipei European School

Unsere PQM-Koordinatorin Antje Reeves wurde im Februar eingeladen, ein Peer Review an der Taipei European School (TES) Deutsche Sektion durchzuführen.

Bei einem Peer Review lädt eine Schule schulfremde Personen ein, damit diese zugleich ein wohlwollendes und ein kritisches Auge auf die Schule werfen. An Deutschen Auslandsschulen ist es der Bund-Länder-Inspektion (BLI) vorgelagert und gilt als besonders effektives und effizientes Instrument der Schulentwicklung.

Zusammen mit ihren Kolleginnen, Beate Weinhardt, der stellvertretenden Leiterin der Deutschen Grundschule an der German Swiss International School in Hongkong und Sabine Kulow, der stellvertretenden Schulleiterin der Deutschen Botschaftsschule in Neu-Delhi, war Antje drei Tage zu Gast an der Schule. Die umfangreichen Beobachtungen, die erhobenen Daten sowie die Analyse der vorgelegten Schuldokumente bildeten die Grundlage für eine konstruktive Rückmeldung, welche der TES weiteres Steuerungswissen sowie Entwicklungsstrategien zur Vorbereitung auf die BLI lieferten.

Antje hatte bereits 2022 an einem Peer Review an der Deutschen Schule Jakarta teilgenommen. Ihre zahlreichen Eindrücke und wertvollen Erfahrungen teilt sie gerne mit ihren GISS KollegInnen und sie sind Teil von vielen Gesprächen, in denen es auch darum geht, die Entwicklungen an der GISS zu reflektieren, Impulse für neue Ideen zu schaffen und die Vernetzung mit anderen Deutschen Internationalen Schulen kontinuierlich zu stärken.

In February our PQM-Coordinator Antje Reeves was invited to conduct a Peer Review at the Taipei European School (TES) German Section.

For a Peer Review, a school invites colleagues from other international schools to provide constructive feedback about some of their strategic priorities. At German schools abroad, it precedes the Bund-Länder-Inspection (BLI) and is considered a particularly effective and efficient tool for school development.

Together with her colleagues, Beate Weinhardt, Deputy Head of the German Primary Department at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong and Sabine Kulow, Vice Principal of the German Embassy School in New Delhi, Antje spent three days at the school. The Peers’ numerous observations, the collected data, as well as the analysis of the submitted school documents formed the basis for constructive feedback to prepare for the BLI.

Antje had already participated in a Peer Review at the German School Jakarta in 2022. She now enthusiastically shares her various impressions and valuable experiences with her GISS colleagues, and they are part of many conversations focused on reflecting on the developments at GISS, creating inspiration for new ideas and continuously strengthening and building networks with other German International Schools.

Peer Review at the Taipei European School

Ein gemeinsames Abschlussphoto/ a combined farewell photo

Die TES bedankt sich für unseren Besuch mit zahlreichen Geschenken/TES thanks the visitors with many gifts

Rückmeldung an das Kollegium nach Abschluss des Peer Reviews/The Peers giving feedback to the colleagues in Taipei

Senior Secondary
(IB)

Senior Secondary (IB)

Junior Secondary

Junior Secondary

Primary

Primary

Preschool

Preschool

WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING AT GISS? | was WAR los an der giss?

WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING AT GISS? 
was WAR los an der giss?

wellbeing

According to philosopher Karl Popper, there is no reasonable alternative to optimism. In today's fast-paced and often stressful world, it can be all too easy to fall into a negative mindset. Optimism is a powerful mindset that can help us overcome obstacles and achieve our goals. It is the belief that things will work out for the best, even in difficult situations.

Optimism can be contagious, and it can help to spread positivity and hope to those around us. When we are optimistic, we tend to see the best in people and situations, which can help to build stronger relationships and foster a sense of community. Furthermore, it can help us to stay motivated and focused on our goals, even when faced with setbacks or obstacles.

Optimism is also essential for our mental and physical well-being. Studies have shown that optimistic individuals are less likely to experience depression and anxiety and are more likely to have better physical health.

It is important to note that being optimistic does not mean ignoring reality or being unrealistic. It's about maintaining a positive attitude, even when things are difficult. It's about seeing the opportunities and the potential for growth in difficult situations.

And by choosing optimism, we can change our perspective and see the world in a different light. So, let's choose optimism and see where it takes us.
                                                                          - Ulrike Miehle

There is no reasonable alternative to optimism!    -   Karl Popper

Es gibt zum Optimismus keine vernünftige Alternative!

from after school Care 

In ASC, we utilised students’ interests in Pokémon Cards by organising a Pokémon Week. During the Week, the students took part in Pokémon themed craft and Trivia as well as Pokémon tournaments organised by Mika. This has promoted teamwork and improved social skills, opening opportunities for strategizing, problem-solving and reading comprehension skills. The important value of looking after their own belongings and taking responsibilities of their decisions has also occurred through teachable moments during these experiences.

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