Our school calendar can help you stay organized and aware of your child's school schedule. We include important dates such as school holidays, teacher's meetings, and school performances. Check back often to make sure you always know about important events at school.
Have a happy and safe winter break.
We will be back on 11 January 2021
Morning Connections - Student Stress and Exams
Thursday, 10 December at 8:45 (virtual)
Exams can be stressful and all our Middle and Upper School students will have some between now and the summer 2021. Good preparation and learning how to deal with the associated stress helps students perform better in the exam situation.
Join us for our Morning Connections to see some strategies on how to help your children prepare.
Morning Connections - Language Acquisition
Thursday, 20 November at 8:45 (virtual)
At ISU our EAL (English as an Additional Language) curriculum offers a continual process of development from Grade 1 through Grade 12. Our EAL department strives to support students until they are able to function independently, both academically and socially, in the classroom. To this end, a supportive environment is provided in both EAL and homeroom classes to encourage students to take risks in their language learning and to increase their self-confidence. Language is taught and practised within natural context and meaningful situations, in which students feel accepted, happy and comfortable. At ISU we strive to provide an inclusive environment where all studnets can feel successful and learn at their own pace.
A Special Virtual Opportunity for our Middle and Upper School Students
As part of our ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited a prevention specialist from FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) Prevention Works to join our community during the week of November 9. This programm will take place online.
As part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, FDC is a non-prifit organization that provides substance misuse prevention ad health promotin services for schools. Since 1976, they have worked with over a million students of all ages.
Morning Connections - Digital Citizenship and Safety
Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 8:45 (virtually)
This Morning Connection is an introduction to Digital Citizenship where we will also briefly cover topics that are taught at school.
We will also have Mr. Henry join us for this meeting to share some of his experience with regards to technology and his children at home and how he navigates this.
Additionally, our councellor will be on hand to answer any questions you may have in regards to digital media use from a social/emotional perspective.
Accreditation Visit 19-22 October 2020
From 19-22 October 2020, ISU was hosting a virtual 9-member Evaluation Team as part of our re-accreditation process. This was conducted virtually.
It was the first time ISU was doing a synchrinized re-accreditation with the Council of International Schools, the Middle State Association and the International Baccalaureate.
Thank you to the accreditation team and staff for all the work that was put in.
Morning Connections - Transition to a new school/country
Thursday, 1 October 2020 at 8:45 (virtual)
Please join us to learn about how to transition to new places and routines. Our counsellor, Angela Collins, will be speaking about how to understand and make these transitions a little more smooth and what to expect in the coming months for those who have relocated countries for the first time. Additionally, she will speak about how to continue the good start most have had to the school year.
Dear ISU Community,
Due to the special circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, ISU cancelled our onsite Higher Education Fair that was set to take place on Friday, 20 March from 14:00 to 16:00. However, we are now able to offer a virtual fair where students and community members can use their electronic devices to scan a QR code for the university or educational institute that interests them most.
With this unique opportunity, we are now able to connect our students to a greater number of Higher Educational facilities across the globe!
Get scanning, the world awaits!
Dear ISU Community,
Our campus will be closed for 3 weeks from Monday, 16 March. This is due to the measures of the Bavarian authorities because of COVID-19.
However, learning will continue - we will switch to e-learning. We have plans in place for this situation and teachers have been refining them.
Today we worked on e-learning lessons and procedures with the students. Liam Browne will be sending out an email to all ISU families this afternoon.
Please follow ManageBac and SeeSaw for further information.
The Lower School Musical Club invites you to attend the THE X FACTORY on:
Friday, 31 January 2020 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, 01 February 2020 at 2 p.m.
St. Dithers School is in trouble! Following an extremely poor inspection the school has been labelled 'Average' and is in great danger of being closed down. The governors, worried about the fate of their school and with only six weeks to turn things around, decide to take drastic action. An X factory Show! The students have the opportunity to prove that they are outstanding and save their school.
We look forward to seeing you all join us!
4th December at ISU
This is a public event, which is organised by our CAS students.
4th and 5th November SEEIT at ISU
Catriona Harper from SEEIT will be at ISU on 4 and 5 November and will offer this session to parents. Catriona Harper has over 11 years experience of developing and facilitating workshops and training on child sexual exploitation.
She delivers training in secondary schools, youth groups, third sector and public sector organisations in Scotland, Germany and Norway, offering support and advice to victims of sexual exploitation and their family.
SEEIT (Sexual Exploitation Early Intervention Training) workshops tackle a range of sensitive issues with the aim of preventing child exploitation through education. They can be delivered to young people from age 11 years upwards. (Not every topic is covered in each age group.)
A session for parents is offered on Tuesday 4 November at 15:45.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences will be held Friday, October 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This link (https://isulmneuulm.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/) will allow you to access the site. Please log in using the information stored in Managebac and feel free to contact us if you have any queries.
ISU stands in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike
ISU will stand in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike encouraging everyone involved with the ISU community to gather at the Münsterplatz 15:00 in Ulm on 20th September. We encourage our ISU community to design signs, and be visible and be heard. At ISU, we are committed to a sustainable world for current and future generations by fostering compassion, promoting awareness and inspire action and stewardship through the PYP Exhibitions, Service Learning opportunities, and of course our Eco Council. Nonetheless, as a school institution we aware that we can do more. From school leadership to students, we wish to maximise the design and operation of our school environment to ensure a positive effect on our immediate surroundings and global outreach. Please come and join ISU at the Münsterplatz at 15:00 on 20th September.
ISU Summer BBQ
Don't miss the ISU Summer BBQ on Sunday 16 June. Please register for this event.
Internationale Fest, Ulm
ISU is participating in the internationale fest hosted by the city of Ulm on Saturday 4 May. ISU will have a booth at the festival from 13:30-19:00. We will also be participating in the parade from 13:00-14:00. All members of the ISU community are welcome to join us in the parade. We look forward to seeing you there.
ISU University Fair 22 March
ISU is hosting their second University Fair on 22 March from 12:00 to 16:00. You can meet with representatives from universities from around the world and hear presentations about application processes and a variety of programs.
ISU Open Day 9 February
ISU's Open Day (Tag der Offenen Tür) takes place on Saturday 9 February 9:30-13:00. Open Day is a
chance to open up our wonderful school to the wider community and promote the quality learning and individual attention students receive here.
Des Egan at ISU on 5 February
Desmond Egan, Irish poet, with be at ISU on 5 February. Des has a wide range of poetry and prose publications as well as translations and books of prose. His PEACE poem, was translated into hundreds of languages as part of a millennium celebration.
Winter Festivals at ISU.
Congratulations to all our wonderful Winter Festivals performers and supporters from EYP 1 to Grade 12. Thank you also to our wonderful PTG for the Christmas market. A true community event.
Thank you to all who supported our Bavarian Breakfast last Saturday. With over 250 people attending, this has been our largest community event so far. A special thank to our PTG for their hard work and dedication, and for making this happen.
ISU Book Week.
ISU Book Week takes place from 22-26 October. The purpose of book week is to encourage people to read books. At ISU we believe that reading is very important and by promoting books we are encouraging our learners to become more proficient readers.
Book week will include character dress-up days, guest readers, front cover design projects and writing adventures stories, amongst many more activities. The highlight of the week will be the visit of Matt Dickinson. Matt is a film maker and writer who is best known for his award winning novels and his documentary film work. In 2003 he was the co-writer and director of Cloud Cuckoo Land—an independent British movie.
Parent Contact Information.
Parents can edit/update their contact information on Managebac by following this link: https://managebac.screenstepslive.com/…/80574-updating-your…
Please ensure that all contact information is checked and if necessary updated by Friday 5 October.
We will also use the telephone numbers on Managebac to update our emergency SMS (mobile texting) system. This system will be tested in early October and more information will be communicated on this over the coming weeks.
Thank you for your support.
Our IB CAS students in the Community.
Our IB CAS students got a "shout out" in the Südwest Presse because of their volunteer work with the Einstein Marathon. The Einstein Marathon is one of the many project our CAS students are involved with in our local community. CAS is an integral part of the IB and ISU programme. The three strands of CAS - Creactivity, Activity and Service - are often interwoven with particular activities.
In order to demonstrate these concepts, students are required to undertake a CAS Project. The project challenges students to: show initiative; demonstrate perseverance and develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making. Thank you to our CAS coordinator, Ms Schanz, for making this happen.
Thank you to our PTG for hosting the Coffee Morning for families new to the ISU Community
Thank you to our wonderful Parent Teacher Group (PTG) who welcomed our new ISU families on Friday 24 August. This year ISU is starting with its largest cohort of new students, with 60 new students representing 15 nationalities. Our new families with not just enhance the continued diversity of our school but will also be positively contributing members to our community.
ISU is lucky to have such a dynamic PTG whose mission is to serve as a liaison to foster communication between families and the school’s administration, staff and School Board. The PTG is also a vehicle for fundraising with special projects and events for the benefit of the school community.
Kicken Gegen Rassimus (football tournament)
Last Saturday an anti-racism football tournament took place in Kulberg, and ISU had a team present. Congratulations to Jonathan, Raul, Enrique, Jason, Tom, Luis, Eloi and Darragh on a job well-done. The boys won their first game 3:0; lost their second, 0:3; and won their last group game 2:0. They made it through to the quarter-finals where they beaten by the eventual winners. However, even more impressed was the sportsmanship our students displayed throughout the day. The team won the Fair Play award. Thank you to Frau Schanz for providing this opportunity to our students.
A look back at our wonderful Art Exhibtion
This videos looks back at our wonderful Art Exhibtion that took place on 21 March. This was the culmination of hard work, inspiration and creativity on the part of our students. Thank you to Ms Thomas for making all this possible.
ISU Yearbook On Sale Now!
It's all about memories!
Memories of special friends, special teachers and special days.
Help your child(ren) remember those fun-filled times forever. The ISU Yearbook captures the events and people that make school special.
ISU is now taking orders for the 2017/18 edition of the Yearbook. There are limited copies, so don't miss out on the opportunity to get one.
The cost will be € 17.50 per copy.
Yearbooks will be distributed during Homeroom in June.
Please use the following link to place your order: http://bit.ly/isuyearbook
The ISU annual BBQ will take place on Sunday 10 June. Please see the flyer for more details.
Parent volunteers need for our beautification of ISU project. It will take place on Saturday 5 May from 10:00. Please see the flyer for more details.
ISU Upper School Art Celebration and IB DP Exhibition
Please come and join us in celebrating the art work of our Upper School students on 21 March. We will also be treated to a drama performance by the Grade 9 and 10 class.
Pop-Up Pasta Party!
Grade 12 CAS students cordially invite you to our Pop-Up Pasta Party! It will take place on Thursday 22 March at 19:30. Our goal is to raise money for "Children on the Edge" - an NGO that funds humanitarian educational projects involving Rohingya refugees. Tickets can be bought at the end of the school day at the entrance. Child care is available for free on the night.
ISU University and College Fair
Admissions representatives from 18 British, French, U.S., Spanish and German universities and colleges will be at ISU on 16 March. The event will take place from 12:30-16:30. There will be an opportunity to attend panel discussions, presentations, and of course, meet with the representatives individually.
Poet Des Egan visits ISU
We are pleased to announce that Des Egan will be hosting a workshop for our Grades 9, 10 and 11 students on 6 February. Des has a wide range of poetry and prose publications as well as translations and books of prose.
"Incontestably the most brilliant of all the writers who have taken workshops in Irish literary festivals, poet Desmond Egan's commitment to his students is legendary and his improvisational skills have power to stun the budding writer ... "The Irish Literary Supplement (USA)
ISU Book Fair
Happy Holidays from the International School of Ulm/Neu-Ulm! From learning and playing in the winter wonderland outside to the cosy classrooms inside, we've enjoyed all this season has to offer. May you have a peaceful and rejuvenating holiday. 'Fröhliche Weihnachten!' See you all on the 8 January.
5 a-side soccer
Congratulations to our inaugural ISU 5 a-side soccer team who took part in a tournament against racism host by Böfingen SV. The team won their first game 2:0, lost the second game 3:1, and narrowly missed out qualify with a 1:0 defeat in their last game. Congratulations to Jonathan, Jason, Tom, Enrique, Luigi, Eloi, Darragh and Finn. Thank you to Mr Carlos who acted as the player/coach and Ms Schanz who helped with organisation.
ISU's Wall of Flags
ISU's Wall of Flags was started today. Please see the progress to date. The flags represented the 33 countries represented in our ISU community. We will be added more flags over the coming days. Thank you to Stefan, Christian and Jenni for their work on this.
Der Bundesweite Vorlesetag
On Friday, we'll celebrate reading at ISU! As it is the official German "reading day", people all over Germany will read to students in schools and libraries, and we'll be doing the same at ISU. In the morning, Upper School students will go to EYP and Lower School classes and read to them. During break times, the German speaking teachers will read their favorite books to students and teachers.
St. Martin's Walk
The St. Martin's Walk takes place on Thursday 9 November at 5:00 pm for EYP1 through Grade 2.
Parents, families and friends are invited to meet at the ISU playground shortly before 5:00 pm. From there, our lantern procession will lead us on a sing-along walk around the parks edging the Donau and back to the school playground. After returning to school, you are welcome to stay and enjoy pastry geese, fruit punch and mulled wine provided by the PTG. We would like to kindly ask you to bring your own cup with you to avoid any garbage.
Indian Cultural Evening
Thank you to all who attended. This was a wonderful evening of cultural celebration and community. A special thank you to our Indian families who shared aspects of their diverse culture and enriched our community further with this celebration.
School Photos are here!
Individual and class photos have arrived and will be available to view at conferences this Friday. All orders are due to your homeroom teachers (in an envelope with exact change and your child's name please) place by Friday 27 October.
ISU contribution to Regio TV
In the current issue of the IHK-RegioImpuls, the International School Ulm / Neu-Ulm is reported on. At ISU, educational goals, curricula and programs are explained.