“Throughout their individual academic and personal development journey, we believe our role as teachers, is to educate and guide the children entrusted to us.”
Our Primary school students enjoy a positive, nurturing and friendly learning environment - an atmosphere which promotes confident learning as well as overall enjoyment during the Primary school years. Our modern teaching methods enhance the development of independent, self-confident and autonomously thinking students.
Language development and Curriculum:
Learning languages has many cognitive advantages and ideally should be encouraged and integrated into a child’s everyday life as early as possible. Our basis for learning and living languages is displayed with six English and five German lessons each week. In addition, five weekly Maths and two Social Studies lessons are available in either English or German instruction. Complemented by Arts, PE, Ethics and Music taught in German; while incorporating supervised homework time, library and co-curricular activities within the 35 lesson weekly schedule.
To further support our students, we follow the class teacher concept – which enables Primary school teachers to accompany their class for a two year period, promoting a strong teacher-student rapport. This also allows our teachers to closely follow the students’ development over a longer period of time and in turn, monitor progress in cooperation with their parents. We also actively build parent-teacher relationships to ensure effective communication is achieved to encourage family involvement.
Our Primary students learn together in small class sizes, they are given the opportunity to experience varies social activities such as group work, working in pairs as well as benefiting from diverse teaching methods including weekly schedules, rotation work and open learning. Under the guidance of their teacher this system supports and develops the students’ responsibility for their own learning.
The Primary school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.15pm with seven lessons a day of 45 minutes each.
Our own school curriculum is based on the Curriculum of the German state Thüringen as well as the NSW syllabus for the Australian curriculum.
Social competence is a multi-level concept and refers to the skill set necessary to effectively communicate and co-operate with parents, peers, teachers and the wider community. Our students are provided with the tools and preparation to acquire these vital skills which include:
- learning with their peers
- following rules and respecting agreements
- helping others but also learning to accept help themselves
- appreciating and recognising their own and other people’s efforts and achievements
- communicating in an appropriate and effective manner
- developing and articulating their views and opinions
- contributing to work processes responsibly
Transition to Primary:
A trained Preschool teacher will spend the first months in the Kindergarten classes, supporting the Kindergarten teacher and ensuring a high degree of individual student care is achieved to guarantee a positive transition period for each student.
We also have an established buddy system, with older students assisting Kindergarten children to familiarise themselves with their new learning environment.
Communication with our parents:
Please download our communication policy here.
Tracking of student progress:
On the completion on the school year, an extensive development report is issued for all students from Kindergarten to Year 2. From Year 3 a comprehensive report with marks for all subjects is provided for all students on completion of terms two and four.
And, like all Australian schools we participate in The National Assessment – Literacy and Numeracy Program (NAPLAN). From Year 3 onwards, and in two year intervals the performance and progress of our students is assessed in English and Maths.
Fostering and challenging students are fundamental characteristics of education at the German International School Sydney.
In some instances, there are children, who sometimes, for various reasons, require additional support and fostering beyond what is offered in our school lessons. If such a need is identified by a teacher or parent, we will collate the findings from all staff with significant knowledge of the child and establish a strategy program. In close partnership with the parents, student and teaching coordinator - this program addressing specific needs will be developed and implemented accordingly. In some instances, this may involve external specialists for an assessment of the child.
We offer the following support (some incur additional cost):
- German-AG* for primary students with first language other than German
- English-AG* for primary students with first language other than English
- Speech therapy
- LRS-support (reading writing support)
- Reading support
* abbreviation for Arbeitsgemeinschaft = German word for Co-curricular Activities