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PYP Ice Skating Trip

Video by Sarah Schneider

Check out some cool moves from the PYP annual ice skating trip at!

MYP Personal Project

By Melissa Yerli

The focus of my project about Cappadocia is to shed new light onto Turkey. Many students have a limited and prejudiced mindset towards Turkey, as they are only exposed to the political aspect of Turkey. However, I wanted to create a visual representation of one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. I created a book and painting, focusing on the visual presentation without any political, touristic or promotional influence to make sure students have an opportunity to see past the stereotypes and create a new and fresh mindset towards Turkey.

My initial goal was to extend my personal knowledge by pursuing a learning-based project that explored the historical and cultural aspects of Capadocia. Another major goal I hope to achieve is to optimize the prejudiced opinion many adolescents have of Turkey and its culture. I want my project to grant them a new and neutral insight into the country without any influence of political or personal opinions. My aim is to use prior knowledge and newly acquired information and skills to create a book that will provide any information regarding the city of Cappadocia and its importance. For me personally, it is very important to expand my knowledge on the country I am from. Turkey and its culture is a huge part of my identity and of my life, in multiple aspects. The Turkish culture has always largely impacted the way I spoke, ate, celebrated, thought, understood and shared. It has helped me become the person I am today and is why it is so important for me. During the past few years I have frequently experienced how negative thoughts and opinions have established a general opinion about the whole country, without giving it any chance or consideration. Not only did it affect me personally, but I believe it is unfair in many different ways as it does not do justice to the many beautiful experiences this country and culture has to offer. The challenging part of this project is presenting Turkey and its culture in a non-biased manner, allowing adolescents to form their individual opinion. This will be challenging as I not only want to change their mindset, I want to reset their attitude towards this country without letting my personal connection influence this. I don’t want to convince people to see it exactly the way I see it but allow them to create their own opinion, by allowing them insight to one of the many places and experiences Turkey has to offer.

KG1 Unit of Inquiry

Last week in KG1, the students started their new unit of inquiry - Community Helpers. We discussed many different helpers in our city and how they help us everyday. The students had a chance to dress up as their favourite community helper and use their imagination to act out what that person does. Firefighters, doctors, pilots, farmers and police officers were just some of the people who were chosen. Over the next 7 weeks we will discuss the roles people play within our own school, how people in our community help us, and how different communities come together to help each other. There are lots of exciting new things to learn in KG1 and the students (as well as the teachers) are looking forward to it!

New Year's Reception of the Bunte Kirche and Raum der Begegnung

Students did a fantastic job setting up the room and serving food and drinks at the New Year's reception of the Bunte Kirche and Raum der Begegnung. The pastor, social workers, guests and even the mayor of Dreieich complimented them on their impressive service. The community there was very international and the kids interacted with them in both English and German. They really enjoyed engaging with them. Our students were mentioned in the speeches by the mayor and all others involved, and they felt quite proud as they didn't expect so much recognition. It was a very nice evening and the students represented our school really well. They said they felt the community service spirit and that they loved the experience.

First Aid Club Free Fruit

In the spirit of the slogan “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” the First Aid team started its “Happy and Healthy Monday”. Last week and the week before they tested this campaign and decided to go ahead with it just in time for the start of the Mock exams. DP2 students can now pick a piece of fruit from the basket in between their examination period. With this campaign, the First Aid team wants to contribute to a healthier school life and the wellbeing of the school community. The students of the First Aid team try to buy organic and/or fair trade fruits to support sustainability and fairness in trade. Thanks to the members of the First Aid team for being excellent examples of the IB Learner Profile trait, caring!

DP2 Art Exhibition

The IBDP 2 Visual Arts class of 2020 is proud to invite you to their final Art Exhibition on Thursday, 19th March 2020. One of the components of the DP Visual Arts course is for the students to curate their own exhibition of studio works. The students have spent two years building up a portfolio of work based around their own chosen themes. Check out a sneak preview of some of the artworks!

First Aid Club

The First Aid Club is once again active this weekend as the first part of their First Aid Training will take place on Saturday, 25th January 2020. First Aid members will attend the training that is offered to us by the German Red Cross (GRC). On completion of the course, all active members will receive a DRK First Aid Certificate at the end of the school year that can be an advantage when making university applications, as well as when applying for their driver's license. This is just one of many actions taken by our First Aid Club to make our school safer and healthier. Other recent initiatives included placing toothpaste and toothbrushes in bathrooms for people to use and keep, and offering free fruit, as advertised on this poster!

Sustain Much?

By Jennifer Brandsberg, DP Business Management, Head of Individuals & Societies

Strothoff International School has officially launched its exciting new Sustainability Action Lab! Before the programme begins in August, staff members Ms. Brandsberg and Ms. Koleva will run a number of kick-off events, including a Sustainable Cities Workshop for students ages 14-17 in Frankfurt from Tuesday, April 14 to Friday, April 17, 2020. Spread the word! Registration can be found at

Winter Market 2019 Video

Enjoy a brief reflection of this year's Winter Market at! Thank you to our entire community for helping to make this event a great success!

Cultural Celebration 2019

Well done to our Early Years and PYP students today for putting on a fantastic Cultural Celebration Singalong concert! From Jingle Bells to In der Weihnachtsbäckerei, the Aula echoed with happy voices of students, parents and staff. Thank you Mrs. Rettig for putting on another memorable holiday concert!

Swim Team Celebration

This weekend our Swim Team participated in the BIS swim competition in Munich. The Wolves were extremely brave and focused, and they swam their personal best times in every event! Big thanks to every member of our Swim Team!

PYP 5 and the Langener Tafel

By Helena Schneider

The PYP 5 class is on the road again to help out at the Langener Tafel! That means 22 students are helping to hand out food, attending meetings with staff and conducting interviews with the visitors. But there are also other areas where the Langener Tafel needs help. Here we need you! This time we want to support the Tafel in its purchase of the new refrigerated vehicle - with a collection of 10,000 Euro!!! Can we do that? Our ideas to raise funds include a bake sale, stuffed animal and toy bazaar, collecting money in the neighbourhood, and selling homemade cookies. Please support us by contacting us with any other ideas you may have at We will come to the Winter Market with a great idea and look forward to your support, because 10,000 Euro is a lot of money!

Gymnastics Team

Last weekend we hosted our Gymnastic Workshop and welcomed gymnasts from Bavarian International School as guests. After a morning of training and an afternoon at a trampoline park, our Strothoff Gymnastics team went on to achieve the "Gerätturnabzeichen"! Well done team, and thank you for your visit BIS!

Why it is hard for people to live sustainably?

By Walina Kamal

Climate change is currently a big topic all over the world. Are you someone who believes in climate change and wants to make a difference? If yes, would you ride your bike to school? I , Walina Kamal in MYP1, tested it for you.

It was a Sunday morning as I rode my bike to school. On Google maps, it said that the ride would take 27 minutes. Well, guess how long it actually took? About 1 hour and 20 minutes! Already, if I would ride my bike to school, I would have to wake up 1 hour and 20 minutes earlier, which would be at 5:10 am! But anyways, let's carry on. As I kept riding my bike, I noticed that I could ride my bike on bike paths partly, but more through the middle of the forest. It was muddy and slippery on that day, and I had to cross over busy streets, which was dangerous. Then, as we were about to reach the school, according to Google maps, I had to ride my bike on the main road itself. Luckily, there was a lady that explained to us another but more complicated way. On the way to school it was fine, but on the ride back we saw wild boars!

The experience was a very interesting one, however now I know it is challenging to live sustainably. The way took longer than the expected 27 minutes - 1 hour and 20 minutes in reality. It was complicated at the end, and doing this could be dangerous… just saying… wild boars. As you can see, living sustainably is hard, and sometimes it takes longer than expected. Throughout my experience, I’d say that the whole “living sustainably” thing would be easier if the government would take action towards this. For example, making sure that there are actually “safe” bike paths that you can ride your bike on is a good thing to start with.

Okay, this is what I reported from my experience, but what do you think about the topic? Perhaps you have personal experience with this as well? Write your comments and send them to

We’re looking forward to reading them!

November 5, 2019

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