“Did you know that there are more bilingual people in the world than there are monolingual people? Research indicates that bilingualism presents many cognitive advantages, including greater analytical and problem solving abilities. In order for our students to become fully bilingual, it is our responsibility to engage and challenge our students in their bilingual studies”.
During Junior Secondary years it is our goal to encourage our students to aspire to be creative lifelong learners and globally aware citizens who support and value cultural difference and understanding.
We offer a unique high school education on an international campus, with over 20 different nationalities making up the multicultural tapestry of the student community.
From January 2015, we will adopt the NSW school calendar year, providing greater subject choice and flexibility for our pupils, resulting in a balanced, blended curriculum which is fully compliant with both the NSW Board of Studies and the German authorities.
The Junior Secondary curriculum embraces languages, mathematics and the sciences.
For Years 5 to 10 students have the opportunity to choose Maths, Biology, General Studies and History in either English or German instruction. Geography, Physics, Chemistry and Ethics will be taught in English only, whilst Art, Music, Religion and Sport are communicated in German.
German is also offered as a foreign language for students who don’t speak are not fluent in German. Students transferring from Australian schools can enter at any level. In addition, from Year 6, French is presented as a foreign language however, for students wishing to undertake the German Year 10 exams, continuing French until Year 10 is required. All other students have the opportunity of electing to undertake Spanish in Year 8.
The Junior Secondary school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm with seven lessons a day of 45 minutes each.
Co-curricular activities are compulsory until Year 8 and are included within the school timetable on Thursdays from 1:40pm to 3:15pm.
At the German International School Sydney we give our students the chance to interact in a fair, caring, disciplined and integrative community.
Teachers aim to engender a passion for learning in our students, presenting various learning strategies in order for students to develop an awareness which methods are best for each individual. All students share the benefits of a challenging, supportive and multi-cultural atmosphere, offering a global perspective based on Australian and European traditions.
Tracking of student progress
Assessing student progress is provided on a regular basis, in both formal and informal formats. A comprehensive report detailing academic marks for all students, across all subjects is provided on completion of terms two and four. Our teachers are constantly analysing and evaluating students and will provide frequent feedback on oral contributions or written comments on submitted assignments and notes in a student’s diary.
In addition, parent-teacher interviews are held half yearly.
And, like all Australian schools we participate in The National Assessment – Literacy and Numeracy Program (NAPLAN). The performance and progress of our students in Years 5, 7 & 9 is assessed in English and Maths.
We foster active, open minded and trustful communication between parents and teachers. We consider the communication between the parents and the school an essential component of successful school work. It is also essential to the effectiveness of the educational work of the school and parents. We are therefore interested in close and effective communication between the school and parents and encourage parents to participate in school life.
Discipline and student management
At the German International School Sydney we provide a nurturing environment and excellent student management. We believe in nurturing the social and emotional development of our students within our academic program. Our students are challenged and supported on their way to independent and lifelong learning.
Positive and responsible student behavior is essential to the smooth running of the school and to the development of a supportive and cooperative school environment. Our code of conduct places significant emphasis on positive behavior and mutual respect. Parents are kept informed and actively encouraged to assist in the development of their child’s behavioural performance.
Mondays – Fridays 8:45am – 3:15pm
Co-curricular activities are mandatory until Year 8 and included in the school timetable (Thursdays from 1:40pm to 3:15pm).
Transition to Senior Secondary School / International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The Junior Secondary School’s internationally recognized academic standards enable students to transfer smoothly to our IB Diploma Programme or other national or international schools.