In K05 students have the opportunity to try out academic-track learning content and working methods and to qualify for Gymnasium, or to indicate that they are better suited to a vocational-track approach in Realschule/Hauptschule. In this class, particularly close contact with parents is essential in order to ensure they receive information and advice on students’ development, attainment levels and progress in good time. At the end of K05, a decision is taken on which school type students should attend from K06 on.
From K06, internal differentiation is practised. Students at all school types will generally remain in their own class. The school has support systems in place to help new students to adapt and address individual learning needs if required through parallel classes in German, English and Mathematics, catch-up lessons, support and extension classes.
Our schools are German speaking international schools. Our network and our mutual support ensure that students are able to continue their education in any location they might move to. They are places of encounter and intercultural dialogue. The German schools abroad are also a central element of Germany's foreign education policy. This mission statement was developed jointly by all the schools. It ensures their international competitiveness, enabling them to rise to the challenge of the future. It will be evaluated and updated continuously.
1. Our teaching sets high quality standards.
2. Our schools take a holistic approach to teaching and learning
This includes, in particular,
3. Our buildings and facilities are targeted to meet our ambitious objectives
4. Our schools ensure students acquire qualifications recognised in Germany and internationally
Our schools ensure integration into the education system in Germany and transition to other international schools. They offer
5. Our schools promote cultural dialogue with the Asian environment
German language and culture form the basis of our work. We are committed to the European educational methods and seek cultural dialogue with the respective host country
6. Our schools provide support for the internationalisation of the economy
Our schools measure up to the best performing schools in the region and in Germany –
We offer our students excellent educational opportunities
The curricula for the eight-year Gymnasium are based on the core curricula for German schools in South-East and East Asia, which in turn are based on the curricula of the German state of Thuringia.
Senior High School comprises of year groups K10 – K12. K10 has a dual function. It serves as the introductory phase leading to the upper level of Gymnasium as well as being the final class of the lower level. K11 and K12 constitute the qualifying phase. Academic performance in these four terms counts towards Abitur assessment.
Throughout Senior High School, students are taught as a unit.
In the German Stream, the exit qualification is the German International Abitur Examination (DIAP). In addition to the compulsory written examination subject of German, students must choose two further subjects as written and/or oral examination subjects at the beginning of K12.
A detailed description of options, the timetable and the assessment of academic performance for the Abitur can be found under Senior High School Guidelines.
For further information, please contact the Head of German Secondary Department and Senior High School Coordinator Frau Wiebke Langer.
The GSIS Big Band has been an institution at the school for many years. Well known for jazz interpretations performed at events like the annual Christmas bazaar, the Big Band is also in demand at many events in Hong Kong.
Many of our students already join the school choir in Primary. Students in K05 to K08 can take part in the cross-stream Junior Choir, which sings at numerous events during the year. From K09, they can join the cross-stream mixed choir.
The school has a very ambitious orchestra, which appears at many school events. New members are always welcome.
There are various excursions and class trips for students during the school year. Of particular note is Discovery Week, a joint project week organized by the German and English Secondary Departments, the China trip in Class 9 and the trip to the Asian region in K11.
Each year teachers and senior students choose about 12 students from Year 13 and Class 11 to act as prefects. The prefects are expected to set an example for the younger students. They participate in many school events, collect money for charity and help their peers in a variety of ways.
GSIS has a large number of cross-stream sports teams: e.g. basketball, football, rugby, tennis, swimming, hockey, volleyball, squash, table tennis and badminton. Especially our tennis and swimming teams can look back on many successes. In addition to the above-mentioned competitions, GSIS also participates in interschool swimming and track-and-field competitions. For further information on places and times for these activities, please follow this link.
Each class elects two representatives to the Student Union. It is their task to represent the class in Assembly and to represent the interests of their class. In their final year, students may stand for election as Presidents of the Student Council.
As per the Resolution of the Education Ministers' Conference (KMK), GSIS is authorised to award the German International Abitur at the end of Class 12, the Realschule leaving certificate at the end of Class 10 and the Hauptschule leaving certificate at the end of Class 9.
In terms of providing proof of eligibility for admission to universities in Germany, Abitur certificates earned at GSIS are equivalent to Abitur certificates earned in Germany. They are also recognised by universities in Switzerland and Austria, potentially with certain restrictions.
The Abitur is internationally respected and provides access to British and American universities.
A member of the teaching staff offers counselling on careers and university entrance to students in the German Stream. If students wish to study in Great Britain, the USA, Canada or Australia, additional support is offered by the careers and university counsellor from the English Stream.
The Hong Kong Higher Education Fair is held each March, and various European Universities present themselves at the fair. Shortly after or before this exhibition, some universities from German-speaking countries visit K11 & K12 students at GSIS.
In Hong Kong our pupils grow up in an environment that is strongly influenced by the English language and offers numerous opportunities to use English outside school. The situation is different as far as German is concerned, as this is a language that children only rarely hear and speak outside school and family. That is why a special coordinated effort is required of parents and school when it comes to learning German. It is basically true to say that
What does this actually mean? How can you help your child to gain the best possible command of German? The German speaking parent plays a key role, serving as a language model, but the non-German speaking parent can also provide lasting support for the language learning process by showing an interest in and appreciation of the German language and culture.
The following tips and recommendations are intended for families with children in all age groups. Please select those ideas that apply to your family situation.
In the family
Other German speaking families / German speaking institutions
Contact with German speaking countries
School and parents
Each class is supervised by a class teacher and a deputy class teacher. Class teachers discuss organizational matters with their class, such as planning events like outing day and the bazaar. If possible, class teachers teach two subjects in their class, thus ensuring they see their students regularly and get to know them better. In K05 to K10, there is an additional class period each week. If there are problems, students and parents should first approach the class teacher, who will provide advice and support.
The class teacher is an important link between parents and the school. GSIS parents and teachers are expected to maintain close contact and to inform each other in the event of problems.
The duties of the school education worker are very varied. She is not only a point of contact for the needs and concerns of children and parents; she also supports and encourages group processes in individual classes, for example by setting up a class council. The aim is to strengthen class community and individuals. Students should experience school not only as a place to learn but also as a place to live.
Students in K05 are given a LEAP (Life Education Activity Programme) presentation against smoking by the Hong Kong Education Department.
In K07 and K08, students take part in an anti-drug workshop.
Every year, the students choose two teachers from the German Stream and from the English Stream as trust teachers. These teachers support the Student Union, their main task being to act as a point of contact for all students. The term “trust teacher” emphasizes the fact that student matters are treated confidentially by the teachers.
As far as is possible, the German Secondary Department provides extra lessons for students with special needs or a need to catch up. Thus, there are support and extension lessons for students who do not speak German at home and catch-up lessons in English, French or Latin for students who do not meet the requirements to actively participate in the classroom in their track.
Extra lessons may be given on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. These lessons generally take place outside normal class hours; in special cases and with the consent of the respective legal guardians, they may be offered parallel to normal lessons.
Tuition in small groups may be across year groups. There may be students with different learning abilities in small group tuition.
The costs of catch-up lessons are charged to the students’ legal guardians. Reductions may be possible if corresponding proof of income is provided.