Bio-Diversity Art Project Installation next door

Sugar glider by Eddie, Year 3/4b

Grey-headed flying fox by Jeanne, Year 3/4c

Sugar glider by Ned, Year 3/4b

GRÜSSE VOM
SCHULLEITER

GRÜSSE VOM SCHULLEITER

Liebe Mitglieder der Schulgemeinde,

Das zweite Halbjahr hat begonnen und wir freuen uns über 23 neue Schülerinnen und Schüler sowie sieben neue Preschool-Kinder. Sie werden, das wissen wir aus Erfahrung, schnell ihren Platz in den Klassen finden und neue Freundschaften schließen.

Auch unter den Lehrkräften gibt es neue Gesichter. Alexander Goosens als Lehrer in der Sekundarstufe sowie Jutta Schulte, Julia Huckabone und Eireen Bruell als Vertretungskräfte. Gisela Koehl, die wir schon aus früheren Jahren kennen, hat nun endlich ihr Visum bekommen und wird in Kürze wieder in der Primarstufe unterrichten. Herzlich Willkommen an euch alle! Wie verabschieden Belinda Oezodabasyan, die unsere Schule über viele Jahre begleitet hat. Vielen Dank dafür und alles Gute auf neuen Wegen!

Gerade kommt die Schule wieder in ihren Rhythmus, da liegt auch schon unser traditioneller Weihnachtsmarkt vor uns. Im August. Manche neue Eltern schauten noch ziemlich verdutzt, als sie davon erfuhren. Aber so ist das eben bei uns: Manche Dinge sind eher deutsch geprägt, manche eher australisch, viele sind eine Mischung aus beidem, und manches ist einfach einzigartig! Als unser Weihnachtsmarkt 2019, vor Covid, zuletzt stattfand hat er an zwei Nachmittagen über 8000 Besucher angezogen. Was für ein tolles Zeichen für unsere Schulgemeinschaft. Bitte tragen Sie sich noch schnell für Schichten an unseren Ständen ein, wenn Sie noch Zeit bereitstellen können, es macht Spaß und lohnt sich.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen der Gutenberg Post und bis bald auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt!

Lorenz Metzger
Schulleiter




gREETINGS fROM
THE PRINCIPAL

Dear members of our school community,

The second half of the year has begun, and we are happy to have welcomed 23 new students and seven new Preschool children to GISS. As we know from experience, they will quickly find their place in their classes and make new friends.

There are also some new faces among our teaching staff. Alexander Goosens in our Junior Secondary School, and Jutta Schulte, Julia Huckabone and Eireen Bruell as casual teachers. Gisela Koehl, who we already know from previous years, has finally received her visa and will soon be teaching in our Primary school. Welcome to all of you! We also farewell Belinda Oezodabasyan, who has been a part of GISS for many years. Thank you very much for everything and all the very best!

The school is just getting back into its rhythm, as our traditional Christmas market is looming with just one week to go! Some new parents looked quite puzzled when they heard about it. But that's just the way it is with us: some things are more German, some more Australian, many are a mixture of both, and some things are simply unique! When our Christmas market last took place in 2019, before Covid, it attracted over 8000 visitors over two days. What a great sign for our school community. Please sign up below for shifts at our stalls if you haven’t already done so; it's a lot of fun and well worth it.

Enjoy reading the Gutenberg Post and see you next week at the Christmas market!


Lorenz Metzger
Principal


please come and join us!
we are still looking for keen volunteers to sign up for the following stalls:

staff matters

We bid a fond farewell to Belinda O. We thank her for the many years of dedication to GISS and wish her all the very best. She will be missed by our students and staff members.

We welcome the following new staff members

Alexander Goossens,
 Class teacher Year 6
(click for short intro)

Reika Muschalik  (After School Care)
(click for short intro)

Jutta Schulte  (Casual Teacher Preschool), Julia Huckabone (Casual Teacher) and Eireen Bruell (Casual Secondary School  Teacher) have also joined the GISS Team and will introduce themselves in an upcoming edition of the Gutenberg Post.

news from senior choir

Our Senior Choir (Years 3-6) has been hard at work, preparing for not only for our beloved Christmas Markets, but also their performance at the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, which will take place in the beautiful Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday 6th September. In this concert, GISS students will perform Adel Tawil’s “Menschenkinder”, as well as joining six other schools in a massed choir of around 300 voices, to sing “Brave the Elements” and “Oye la Musica”.

Students in Senior Choir are showing incredible commitment, attending choir rehearsal days, not only during school last term, but recently also on a Sunday! A big thank you goes to the parents who brought their children to school on a weekend and helped Mrs Boubbov to make a fun day for all.

Everyone is welcome to attend the IPSHA PAF concert in Sydney Town Hall on 6th September; tickets are available on the GISS website under GISS Community Events.

neuigkeiten vom senior choir

Unser Senior Choir (Klassen 3-6) hat hart gearbeitet und sich nicht nur auf unseren beliebten Weihnachtsmarkt vorbereitet, sondern auch auf ihren Auftritt beim IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, das am Dienstag, den 6. September in der wunderschönen Sydney Town Hall stattfinden wird. In diesem Konzert werden unsere GISS-SchülerInnen Adel Tawils "Menschenkinder" aufführen und sich sechs anderen Schulen in einem Massenchor von rund 300 Stimmen anschließen, um "Brave the Elements" und "Oye la Musica" zu singen.

Die SchülerInnen des Senior Choir zeigen unglaubliches Engagement und besuchen Chorprobentage, nicht nur während des letzten Schuljahres, sondern kürzlich auch an einem Sonntag! Ein großes Dankeschön geht an die Eltern, die ihre Kinder an einem Wochenende zur Schule gebracht und Frau Boubbov geholfen haben, einen lustigen Tag für alle zu gestalten.

Alle sind herzlich eingeladen, am IPSHA PAF-Konzert in der Sydney Town Hall am 6. September teilzunehmen; Tickets sind auf der GISS-Website unter GISS Community Events erhältlich.

Students from local schools were asked to draw some animals who live in the area as part of a special biodiversity project from the hospital which is being built next to GISS. Here are the beautiful drawings from some of our Year 3 students.

Sugar glider by Eddie, Year 3/4b

Grey-headed flying fox by Jeanne, Year 3/4c

Sugar glider by Ned, Year 3/4b

Sugar glider by Paul, Year 3/4b

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

the power of gratitude

There is scientific evidence which shows that there are many psychological benefits to being grateful, including feeling happier and lowering stress, depression, and anxiety.

Not only that, expressing genuine gratitude on a daily basis can improve your physical health, the quality of your sleep, your cardiovascular health and immune function.

Gratitude promotes optimism and helps us to develop a more positive outlook. It allows us to reflect on something we have in our life right now instead of always striving for more.

Gratitude is simply cultivating a genuine appreciation for what we already have and an essential skill for everyone to foster and develop.

So, what are you grateful for right now in your own life?

We would like to encourage you to try the following exercises for 30 days and see what effect it has on your life:

  • Write down three things each day for which you are thankful. These should be specific and not general.
  • Write down one thing each day you could do to improve your life. Something small is fine.
  • Once per week (for ca.10 minutes) write about your ideal life in detail.

Write as if it is already happening and real, not just wishful, or hopeful.

Enjoy the gratitude challenge!

The Wellbeing Team

During Winter Vacation Care, the children enjoyed spending time with their friends while playing soccer, exploring the forest, practising gymnastics tricks in the sports hall, breaking the code in the Escape Room and so much more.

We mastered our golf skills at Golf Paradise, versed each other in Zone Bowling and learned new facts about native Australian animals who visited us from Taronga Zoo.

The ASC Team is looking forward to seeing children in GISS Spring Vacation Care!


giss vacation care

plastic bottle caps 

Dear School Community, we are collecting plastic bottle caps for an arwork activity in Year 2. Instead of putting them into the recycle bin, please bring them into school until the end of August. Thank you very much!

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