If global citizenship means speaking more than one language, Germans are proud to be among the champions. So, being in a German Primary means to be a true citizen of the world.
As an "excellent German school abroad", we teach according to German pedagogical principles, to German curricula and we use German textbooks. So, yes we are "very German", and proud of it.
But even though the language of instruction is German, this does not mean it is for German or German speaking pupils only. Our immersion programme and support system helps to integrate quickly into our German system.
We are guided by German traditions of education. For that reason, not only books, computer programs and educational games come from Germany, but even our classroom furniture. Especially our traditional school festivals such as St. Martin, St. Nicholas or our traditional easter egg hunt give our little ones the feeling of being at a school somewhere in Germany, makes Germans feel at home and gives others the exciting feeling of diving into a new and enticing culture.
A special feature of our school is our so called “Projekt Unterricht”. This takes place in six interdisciplinary topics per class, which connect the German science curriculum with the living conditions of our students.
Class 5 is our orientation level. In order to make it easier for the children to enter middle school, primary and secondary school teachers are working together in class 5. They follow the curriculum of a German “Gymnasium”. The newly added subjects History, Biology and Geography are also summarised into projects and taught by the class teacher.
Weekly planning allows individual and differentiated support of each individual child and educates them to work independently. English as an early foreign language is taught from the second grade on. A first playful encounter with the foreign language in songs and games will be expanded from the 3rd to the 5th grade to systematic foreign language teaching at the gymnasium level.
A large sports area, a swimming pool and a sports hall offer the possibility of many sports and leisure activities in the so-called cultural band and the optional afternoon program. Joint events, excursions and learning arrangements with students from the international and French branches provide a truly European-international atmosphere at our school.
So in a way, being in a German Primary implies being at the center of the world.
Head of German Primary (Grundschule)
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