Year 11 visits the theatre

GRÜSSE VOM
SCHULLEITER

GRÜSSE VOM SCHULLEITER

Liebe Mitglieder der Schulgemeinde,

Nach einem komplett verregneten Jahr scheint scheint nun endlich fast jeden Tag die Sonne über Terrey Hills. Wir alle genießen diese Energie und die Möglichkeiten, die sich draußen wieder ergeben, wie zum Beispiel bei unserem zahlreichen Exkursionen und unserem traditionellen Fußballturnier gegen benachbarte Schulen.

Aber auch intern hatten wir wieder interessante Veranstaltungen wie die GISS Speakers' Series mit Ian Campbell, dem CEO unseres neuen Nachbarn Wyvern Hospital und die Careers Night bei der unsere Oberstufenschüler eine tolle Paneldiskussion moderierten, in der Orientierungshilfe zu den Wegen und auch Umwegen und Neuausrichtungen in der Zukunft nach der Schule gegeben wurde.

Mit dem IB und der bilingualen Ausbildung an der Deutschen Internationalen Schule Sydney stehen unseren Schülerinnen und Schülern alle Türen zu Arbeits- und Ausbildungs- und Studienplätzen in der ganzen Welt offen, und mit dem DSD2 auch zu einem kostenlosen Studium in Deutschland.

Herzliche Grüße,

Lorenz Metzger
Schulleiter


gREETINGS fROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear members of the school community,

After a very rainy year, the sun is finally shining again over Terrey Hills almost every day. We are all enjoying this energy and the opportunities that arise outdoors, such as our numerous excursions and our traditional football tournament against neighbouring local schools.

But also internally we had interesting events such as an evening as part of the GISS Speakers' Series with Ian Campbell, CEO of the Wyvern Hospital that is being constructed next door, or the Careers Night, moderated by our Senior Secondary students where a lively panel discussion took place providing valuable guidance for future study paths and possible reorientation for students after graduating from school.

The IB and bilingual education at the German International School Sydney provide many open doors for our students on their next journey for work, training and studying all around the world, with the DSD2 even providing the opportunity to study for free in Germany.

Lorenz Metzger
Principal

Parents and teachers are celebrating the completion of their first A1.1 German course. The course is offered by the Goethe Institute, in collaboration with GISS. Once a week, parents and teachers meet at the school for face-to-face classes and conversation practice. The course also includes individual and self-paced learning via the online platform. This enables busy parents and teachers to time and schedule their learning practices at their convenience.

The course will commence with the next level (A1.2). It aims at having its participants achieve the A1-level of language learning and at the completion of the exam to receive an internationally recognised A1 German Language Certificate. We hope to progress past this level and could offer courses up to the level C2. As the course participants progress and approach the higher language levels, there will be opportunities for interested parents and teachers to join our group with the start of every new course.

If you are interested in joining our language learning group, please don’t hesitate to contact GISS or the Goethe Institute directly, to receive more information.

Liebe Grüße und viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen,
Ann-Kathrin Mannherz

Once a week, parents and teachers meet at the school for face-to-face classes and conversation practice. The course also includes individual and self-paced learning via the online platform. This enables busy parents and teachers to time and schedule their learning practices at their convenience.

The course will commence with the next level (A1.2). It aims at having its participants achieve the A1-level of language learning and at the completion of the exam to receive an internationally recognised A1 German Language Certificate. We hope to progress past this level and could offer courses up to the level C2. As the course participants progress and approach the higher language levels, there will be opportunities for interested parents and teachers to join our group with the start of every new course.

If you are interested in joining our language learning group, please don’t hesitate to contact GISS or the Goethe Institute directly, to receive more information.

Liebe Grüße und viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen,
Ann-Kathrin Mannherz

GOETHE @ GISS

As a teacher in the school, I have always wanted to learn the German language. After attempting Duolingo and other apps, I struggled to get to grips with the more challenging aspects of the language.

 As soon as Frau Mannherz offered the course I gladly enrolled. The course is well structured and facilitates learning for all confidence levels and abilities. It promotes all aspects of Learning the language such as reading, writing, speaking and listening and even presenting. Annie has been a fantastic teacher from the start, providing support when needed and continuously challenging her students to make the most from the course. I have also enjoyed the online learning platform which acts as a resource centre for further learning to explore wider avenues and to consolidate the learning from the face to face lessons.

Finally, it has been a breath of fresh air to finally learn in a face to face environment with other enthusiastic learners. This way of learning has created a competitive environment that has furthered our understanding and enjoyment of learning the language. I cannot recommend this course enough, especially being led by Frau Mannherz, you are are in the best hands.

Parents and teachers are celebrating the completion of their first A1.1 German course. The course is offered by the Goethe Institute, in collaboration with GISS.

Jamie Greenslade

Koala Rescue…

a fun game with a serious mission...
by ACR Games (Social Entrepreneurship AG)

Koala Rescue…

Ein lustiges Spiel mit ernsteM AUFTRAG...
von ACR Games (Social Entrepreneurship AG)

Ian Campbell, the CEO of Wyvern Private Hospital, a private surgical and rehabilitation hospital, visited GISS on 3rd of November. He provided an update about the origins of Wyvern Health and gave an overview of the planned hospital facilities under construction next door to GISS. The hospital is due to open early 2024.

 His presentation can be viewed here.

GISS Speakers Series 

On Monday, November 7, 2022, Andreas Hänssig from the Goethe University Frankfurt/M. visited GISS.

Since 2018, we have been working intensively with our partner university where Mr. Hänssig works at the local Academy for Educational Research and Teacher Education. In this function, he advises and accompanies prospective teachers who are looking for school internships abroad. Due to the Covid crisis, it has not been possible to attract interns to GISS in recent years. That's why we are even more pleased that we currently have an intern from Frankfurt again. Also next year, the well-prepared interns from Frankfurt will support GISS again.


Andreas Hänssig from the Goethe University Frankfurt/M. visits GISS

Mr. Hänssig also used his time in Terrey Hills for a training course "Co-Teaching and language-sensitive subject teaching" for our teachers. 40 teachers took part in the training and really enjoyed it. Well done and thank you Andreas! We’re already looking forward to your next visit.

Dr Horst Giesler -Deputy Principal

As in previous years, choosing a winner from the outstanding pool of IB Scholarship applications was a difficult job for our panel and we'd like to thank all applicants for taking the time to prepare and lodge such interesting and worthy applications.

Lena's outstanding academic record was complimented by her personal statement that highlighted her international mindedness, her joy in learning and being challenged in her learning, and her commitment to collaborating, sharing and serving, as she continues to represent GISS as a role model and student leader.



As in previous years, choosing a winner from the outstanding pool of IB Scholarship applications was a difficult job for our panel and we'd like to thank all applicants for taking the time to prepare and lodge such interesting and worthy applications.

Lena's outstanding academic record was complimented by her personal statement that highlighted her international mindedness, her joy in learning and being challenged in her learning, and her commitment to collaborating, sharing and serving, as she continues to represent GISS as a role model and student leader.

Upon receiving her scholarship letter, Lena immediately wrote back to thank us:

"My family is very happy about the discount of the Jan 2023 - Dec 2024 school fees. Yet to me this scholarship means a lot more, as it is a wonderful recognition of my academic and overall achievements so far. I am looking forward to further representing the GISS community 🙂".

Congratulations to Lena M, our IB Scholar for the Class of 2024!

Upon receiving her scholarship letter, Lena immediately wrote back to thank us:

"My family is very happy about the discount of the Jan 2023 - Dec 2024 school fees. Yet to me this scholarship means a lot more, as it is a wonderful recognition of my academic and overall achievements so far. I am looking forward to further representing the GISS community 🙂".

herzlichen Glückwunsch an Lena M,
unsere ib-stipendiatin für klasse 2024

Wie in den vergangenen Jahren war es schwierig für unsere Jury aus dem ausstehenden Pool von IB-Stipendienbewerbungen eine Schülerin/einen Schüler auszuwählen, und wir möchten allen Bewerbern danken, dass sie sich die Zeit genommen haben, so interessante und würdige Bewerbungen vorzubereiten und einzureichen.

Lenas herausragende akademische Leistungen wurden durch ihre persönliche Aussage ergänzt, die ihre Internationalität, ihre Freude am Lernen und ihre Herausforderung beim Lernen sowie ihr Engagement für Zusammenarbeit, Austausch und Dienst hervorhob, während sie die GISS weiterhin als Vorbild und Schülerführerin repräsentiert.

Nach Erhalt ihres Stipendienschreibens schrieb Lena sofort zurück, um sich bei uns zu bedanken:

"My family is very happy about the discount of the Jan 2023 - Dec 2024 school fees. Yet to me this scholarship means a lot more, as it is a wonderful recognition of my academic and overall achievements so far. I am looking forward to further representing the GISS community 🙂".

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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

At uncertain times as we are experiencing at the moment, it is common to find ourselves shifting in and out of fight, flight or freeze mode. It’s vital that we find ways to give our mind and our body a break and to stay connected to our compassion for ourselves and other people.

What is compassion?

If someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they are showing compassion. Compassion helps us connect with others, mend relationships, and move forward while fostering emotional intelligence and well-being. Compassion takes empathy one step further because it harbours a desire for all people to be free from suffering, and it is imbued with a desire to help.

Cultivating compassion can also have deeply positive effects on our own mental health. Research has shown that when we are practising compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and compassion for oneself, this helps improve depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health problems.

Click on these links to try out some helpful compassion practices:  Self-compassionmeditation and written exercise  and  Giving and Receiving.

Wishing you a successful compassion practising!

The Wellbeing Team

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”  Dalai Lama

The GISS Band - Years 7-12 is back in 2023!

Click here to find out how to join.

what has been happening in after school care?

One of our new favourite activities in ASC has been Kapla Construction. We have 1000 Kapla planks to play with offering limitless construction opportunities.

The childen use their imagination while building in teams or engage with each other in fun challenges. Breaking the constructions apart is often as fun as building them.

Thank you, ASC Parents, for donating such a wonderful resource.

Kapla Construction Challenge

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