ISF is a busy and vibrant school and we wish to ensure that each student feels welcome in the school community.
Beginning with the Grade 1 Welcome Ceremony at the start of the school year and culminating with the graduation ceremony in Grade 12, we offer a wide range of events in which students can participate and feel part of the ISF community. Several activities and events, such as lock-ins, team-building events, and dances, all organized by the SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®), encourage students to integrate and make new friends.
Cultural Events & Festivals
The International Day Festival (in November)
International Day in November allows our students to explore the cultures and customs of a number of focus countries selected from among our community of nations. The parents and students of the focus countries, assisted by the SLO®, get to prepare exhibitions, artifacts, stage performances, cultural music and food, and sports events for guests to enjoy on International Day.
Sommerfest Festival (in late Spring)
Sommerfest is held in the late spring each year and includes sports competitions, a student talent show, and “Taste of the World." Here parents from among our community of nations prepare typical national dishes which can be sampled by everyone in attendance at the Sommerfest. Sommerfest is one of the school's most popular events.
Other International Cultural Events
With the help of our international parents and the ISF Parent Network, the school also celebrates several international holidays and cultural events throughout the year. These have included Halloween, Fasching, Sinterklaas, the Russian Santa Claus, U.S. and Korean Thanksgiving, and Diwali.
Educational Trips & Events
School Break Trips
ISF organizes various trips for our students during school breaks. In the past these have included a French Department trip to Paris and the Cote d'Azur and art trips to Paris and Amsterdam. Our Physics Department has also organized a trip to see the Large Hardon Collider in CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Our Social Studies Department has organized trips to Malta to discover the history and culture of that island. In the summer, the U.S. has also been an attractive destination for our senior students and their teachers, who visit places of historical, cultural, and geographical interest.
Our SLO® Activities Department organizes a number of trips for students of all ages on weekends. These have included trips to Europa Park near France, ice-skating rinks, bowling alleys, and maths and science activity parks.
Student Life Training Conference
Each year, three of our students have the opportunity to attend the Student Life Training Conference along with students from other SABIS® Network schools worldwide. Past locations for this camp have been Bath, U.K.; Minnesota, U.S.; Cairo, Egypt; and Athens, Greece.
Model United Nations
The Model United Nations (MUN) society is one of the most popular activities for ISF students in grades 10 through 12. ISF students who participate in MUN attend conferences throughout Europe. In the past, our teams have gone to London, Istanbul, Warsaw, Genoa and Rome.
The Debating Society is one of ISF's most popular clubs. Debating Society members travel around Germany to compete in debates. One ISF student was selected as a member on the German National Debate Team and competed in the world championships held in Thailand in 2014.
Sports Trips & Events
Members of ISF sports teams travel to compete against other international schools throughout Germany and Europe as members of the German International School Sports Tournament (GISST) and the European Sports Conference (ESC).
ISF organizes two ski trips during the year. The P.E Department organizes one for students and staff and the Sportverein organizes a family ski trip. Austria is typically the destination of choice.
SABIS® Regional Tournament
ISF athletes have the opportunity to attend the biennial SABIS® Regional Tournament. In the past, this tournament has been held in Dubai, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates.