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GSIS Gazette – Issue #100

25th May 2023

Principal's Column

Dear School Community

As the school year ends, especially the graduating classes, have the opportunity to showcase their achievements.

Last week the K12 students in the German International Stream completed their German International Abitur with exceptional results. The KMK representative and examination chairman, Mr. Ministerialrat Mayer, expressed his utmost satisfaction with the performance of the graduating students and the overall organisation of the school. In his graduation speech, he emphasised that the results achieved by the GSIS Graduates were far better than the average of all German Schools Abroad. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Bredohl, for his appreciative contribution at the Abitur Ceremony. Mr. Hinxlage, the representative of the ZfA and regional coordinator of GSIS, also attended the ceremony.

In the English International Stream, all IBDP exams have also been completed. We are confident that our Graduates have once again achieved outstanding results, as they have done in previous years. As I write these lines, the honourable graduation ceremony marking the end of their school journey will take place this evening with the participation of the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

However, not only the graduating classes have had a demanding period. I would like to wish all students the best of success in their IGCSE examinations.

I am constantly impressed by the additional achievements within our school community. For example, a student from K06 recently secured first place in the German Schools Abroad Reading Competition, a student from K09 achieved first place in the Asia finals of Jugend Debattiert (Youth Debates), and a student from K10 came in second place in the Geography Competition of the German Schools Abroad. In the English Secondary, the Battle of the Books team achieved third place in the highly contested competition in Hong Kong among 36 teams.

Best Regards

Dr Dirk Bennhardt
Principal
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Schoolwide News

Summer Camps 2023 - Camp Beaumont

We have an exciting summer ahead here at German Swiss International School, the Peak Campus!

Camp Beaumont, the United Kingdom’s most established multi-activity day camp provider will be back again in Hong Kong, creating inspiring adventures throughout the summer holidays at GSIS! With over 50 camps in the UK, and 12 across Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand, Camp Beaumont’s much-loved, confidence-boosting experiences encourage 5- to 12-year-olds to step outside their comfort zones and realise their potential.

Throughout the week, Camp Beaumont offers all children (GSIS and non-GSIS students alike) the opportunity to learn new skills, discover new interests, try new things, and have fun with new friends, all set within the fantastic facilities we have here at GSIS.

A special offer of a 10% discount applies to all GSIS parents. Please use the code GSIS10 when making the booking.

BOOK NOW

For further enquiries please email campbookings@campbeaumont.hk or contact Camp Beaumont via their Hotline / WhatsApp at (+852) 6549 8602. If you have any other questions please contact the Student Services Team at afternoonactivities@gsis.edu.hk.

Angelin, Emliy, Minerva and Conny
STUDENT SERVICES TEAM
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Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/B5-GSIS-flyer-CBHK-Summer-2023_updated.pdf

A Message From The University Guidance Team

ADMISSION INFORMATION SESSIONS

1) Charles University First Faculty of Medicine
Professor Eitan Brizman and Dr. Aaron Cheuk are offering an in-person student and parent seminar for those keen to find out more about studying medicine or dentistry at the prestigious Charles University First Faculty of Medicine. Please refer to the attached poster.
Date: Tuesday, 30 May, 6:30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong
Register Here

ENRICHMENT & ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1) Science Academy for Young Talent - CUHK
Please refer to the attachment. More details can be found here.

2) The University of HK Summer Institute
Please refer to the attachment. More details can be found here.

Claire Wilkins
Head of University Guidance
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Beatrice Ugolini
University Guidance Counsellor
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Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Science-Academy-for-Young-Talent-CUKH.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/The-U-of-HK-Summer-Institute.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Medicine-Charles-University-Poster.pdf

Mental Health

Well, the last week started with a quite heavy cost in terms of the numbers and the facts regarding students' mental health issues in Hong Kong (and around the world), shown to us by last Monday's SCMP front page. A lot of topics mentioned in this article are not new to any professionals in the psychological health care and education sector. Some of the collateral damages of the past 3-4 years in a lot of children's and people's lives are parts of our daily work and private lives now. We carry some of these topics like anxiety, developmental delays, behavioural changes or challenges in our social interactions in our daily present lives and we need to tackle and work with them, if we want to leave all these topics behind us last but not least if we want to grow stronger and braver out of all the experiences we have been through.

Negative messages as well as conflicts or challenges in our lives are always a chance for change. They can raise all our awareness regarding unpleasant situations and open our minds up for solutions and the search for new ways out of it. Along those lines we had a parents talk in the Primary last week, held by Dr Melissa Giglio, Clinical Psychologist at Central Health and book author of the children's book "Bravery Grows", which can help children and parents to overcome fear, anxiety, difficulty and challenging situations in life.

We got important messages and ideas about what is important in our daily family life and how to support our kids, like spending quality time together and finding the time to speak to each other in our daily routine, like on car rides, during walks or around the dinner table. Listening to what our kids have to say without judging them and taking them seriously is key. Allowing kids as much social time as possible in their free time with play dates during the week or on the weekends and spending some time, ideally every day, outside the house in nature. Even for us who live in the city luckily here in HK the next park or waterfront is usually not that far away.

Here in school, we are following and encouraging the idea of spending time in nature as a source of mental health and growth (even if it is only on a rooftop) as well, with our first GSIS Spring Picnic. Last week's Thursday during the lunch break we have been inviting our Secondary students to spend some fun time together with their friends outside with games and snacks. Maybe a nice idea as well for the following weekends to come, to spend some quality time with our families and friends.

Jeanette Dellinger
School Counsellor
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German International Stream

From Head of Stream

We did it! – That was the short but happy conclusion of our now alumni K12 at the end of last week. With the completion of their oral Abitur examinations, their school days have come to a successful end. On Saturday, they proudly received their graduation certificates.

I am delighted that the class of 2023 has achieved an above-average result compared to all German Schools Abroad, with a DIA overall average of 1.8, and our top student Emily Arisandy (1.2) has achieved particularly outstanding results. Congratulations!

Now the small group is embarking on new paths. These paths either lead to university studies, dual vocational training, or to a rich world of experiences through internships.

We wish Amina, Emily, Lucie and Mats all the best for their future!

Grit Cichon
Deputy Principal / Head of German International Stream
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Kindergarten Corner

In the past two weeks, your child has had their first skateboarding experience, and all the children have been very enthusiastic and had a lot of fun. We would like to give another big thank you to "SeedSkateHK", who made this experience possible for your children!

As we approach the end of the school year, we aim to make the last weeks until the summer holidays as thrilling as possible for the children. We have scheduled some exciting events in June.

1 June: International Children's Day Celebration

7 June: EKG Outing to Brighter Smiles Playland

8 June: GKG Outing to Brighter Smiles Playland 

15 June: GKG Father's Day Celebration

16 June: EKG Father's Day Celebration

19 June: GKG Maxi-Kids Farewell Party

21 June: PFL Year-End Assembly

As always, you will receive detailed information on the individual events via email.

Sophie Burdel
Head of Kindergarten
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Eileen Mah
Deputy Head of Kindergarten and Deputy Child Protection Officer Pok Fu Lam Campus
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Primary Corner

Another step towards normality follows. Classes K03 and K04 will be on a class trip this week and next. A class trip with an overnight stay offers another learning environment which can also strengthen the class community.

Summer Library Loan
The Summer Library Loan programme was a great success last year and we would like to offer it to you again this year. Please read the article and email from Mrs. Gilchrist and Mrs. Roquette with full details of the programme. The link to the form for giving your permission to allow your child(ren) to borrow books for the summer can be found here: https://forms.gle/ui7kjh69c2h9UWRM6.

School newspaper
Another great issue of the school newspaper - take time to read it. https://read.bookcreator.com/ztu62QncCkSEIuFnpt5f5WJ75nf6S8S4edY3IHWZLN8/eDJ45YHmRHSAS0kvwLT18g

Remember we have our Summer Music Festival on June 2nd showcasing our Primary Choirs and Orchestra. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Priska Erni
Head of German Primary Department
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Beate Weinhardt
Deputy Head of German Primary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

Primary Summer Borrowing


Secondary Corner

The GSD will hold two project days in the last week of school. The Faculty will offer a variety of projects for the different grade levels. As an example, there will be extracurricular activities in Sai Kung (geology, basalt formations), Hong Kong (architectural walk, Palace Museum, African Cultural Centre, Crossroads volunteering), and at the Peak Campus (3D project, volleyball, BYOD workshops, stop motion video workshop, fabric printing project).

We hope all students enjoy both days and thank all colleagues for the diverse and varied offerings.

Udo Krebs
Head of German Secondary Department
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Arnold Leitner
Deputy Head of German Secondary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

Mosque Visit

Summer Rocks @ The Wanch

English International Stream

Kindergarten Corner

In the past two weeks, your child has had their first skateboarding experience, and all the children have been very enthusiastic and had a lot of fun. We would like to give another big thank you to "SeedSkateHK", who made this experience possible for your children!

As we approach the end of the school year, we aim to make the last weeks until the summer holidays as thrilling as possible for the children. We have scheduled some exciting events in June.

1 June: International Children's Day Celebration

7 June: EKG Outing to Brighter Smiles Playland

8 June: GKG Outing to Brighter Smiles Playland 

15 June: GKG Father's Day Celebration

16 June: EKG Father's Day Celebration

19 June: GKG Maxi-Kids Farewell Party

21 June: PFL Year-End Assembly

As always, you will receive detailed information on the individual events via email.

Sophie Burdel
Head of Kindergarten
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Eileen Mah
Deputy Head of Kindergarten and Deputy Child Protection Officer Pok Fu Lam Campus
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Primary Corner

We hope you and your families are all keeping healthy. We do seem to have higher than usual numbers of people absent at the moment due to respiratory or gastric illness. Thank you for keeping your children at home to recover when they are unwell and please continue to remind your children of good hygiene practices to help prevent further spread at school.

Year 6 Camp
The children (and teachers!) had a fantastic time at Outward Bound in Sai Kung, making the most of opportunities to try new adventurous activities on land and in the water, to sleep in dorms and to bond with their peers. We are very happy that the students can have these memorable experiences again.

Summer Library Loan
The Summer Library Loan programme was a great success last year and we would like to offer it to you again this year. Please read the article and email from Mrs. Gilchrist and Mrs. Roquette with full details of the programme. Here’s the link to the form for giving your permission to allow your child(ren) to borrow books for the summer: https://forms.gle/ui7kjh69c2h9UWRM6.

Remember we have our Summer Music Festival on 2 June which gives our Primary Choirs and Orchestra another chance to perform. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Donna Morley
Head of English Primary Department
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Eleanor Cowling
Deputy Head of English Primary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

Primary Summer Borrowing


Secondary Corner

Departmental News and Announcements

Summer Rocks @ The Wanch

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