Latest News

NATO Colonel Michael Trautermann guest speaker at ISW

We were extremely honoured to welcome Colonel Trautermann, Assistant chief of staff A5 and Head of the Air Force Liaison Command to USAFE (Leiter Verbindungskommando Lufthwaffe zu USAFE) to our school last week as guest speaker to our secondary school students.
As part of his role, Michael Trautermann explained how important it is to NATO to ensure transparency about their work with the local community and that one of the most effective ways of doing this is by speaking with local schools.

Women in Leadership Westpfalz – Networking Event: “Boldly ahead – sustainable & digital”

The second meeting of the Women in Leadership Westpfalz “FührungsFrauen Westpfalz” took place yesterday evening, 11th May at the impressive building of the LASE department of RPTU (Rheinland Palatine technical university of Kaiserslautern-Landau).
Under the motto “Boldly ahead - sustainable & digital”, our guest speaker, Frau Prof. Dr. Katharina Spraul gave an inspirational account about scientific research concerning sustainability, which included an evaluation of the 17 Sustainable...

“upcycling” project at ISW – Year 8 raises money for animal shelter

On Thursday 27th May, our Year 8’s held an “upcycling” sale which raised 240€ for a local animal shelter. Upcycling is basically reusing discarded objects in such a way as to create a new product with the focus upon extending the lifespan and minimalizing waste.
This sale was the result of four months of hard work in creating new items from old clothing and is currently one of three personal projects being held by Year 8 students this year. The initial idea to focus upon “upcycling...

Year 5 examination of the human respiratory and circulatory systems

This month the LPs in Year 5 have been studying the human body, specifically the respiratory and circulatory systems. To show their knowledge of the circulatory system they created lifesize models, with the heart, veins and arteries. In order to demonstrate the path that oxygen takes as it enters your body, the students in Year 5 created a comic. The main character was depicted as a molecule of oxygen and the comic shows its path through the body.
A fun way to learn science - well done to our...

Learning German in a fun and meaningful way

Learning a foreign language can be quite a challenging task for International students, particularly when the level of language ability within a class varies greatly.
At ISW, German is taught is a fun and meaningful way to all age and ability ranges. Here are a number of examples of our styles of teaching.
Lower Primary has been learning German verbs in an outside setting. They played "Simon sagt" or (“Simon says”) where they got to experience different German verbs in an engaging and ...

Innovation at the “Betze” – BVMW annual Stakeholder meeting at the Kaiserslautern Football stadium

On Monday evening, around 100 members from Rheinland Palatine business community, BVMW met up for the third year running at the “Betze” stadium” – the home of one of Germany’s most famous football clubs “FCK”. The impressive backdrop of the Fritz Walter Stadium offered the perfect setting for BVMW members and guests were delighted to be-able to take an exclusive “Back stage” tour of the facility as a lead up to the meeting.
This year’s theme focused upon how to action succ...

Reception spends time delving into books

As Dr. Seuss (American children’s author) quotes, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Reading is an integral part of our pedagogic concept at ISW. Particularly in young children, it has proven to promote brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. It also expands their understanding of the world.
Our reception class have recently been focusing on improving ...

Year two field trip to “Gärtnerei Hanns”

Our year two classes have been learning about plants. The first line of focus involved the ability to name and describe the function of the major parts of flowering plants, which was then followed by an experiment involving planting some cress seeds in a plastic bag so we could observe the parts as they germinated.
The students then carried out a scientific enquiry to identify the appropriate conditions that seeds need to grow and be healthy. This involved a field trip to a local garden centr...

Discovering nature with our Early Years

Early Years has been broadening their knowledge about animals and nature. The children have been learning about the different types of animals living on Earth, such as zoo animals, wild animals, pets and farm animals.
To expand their understanding, the children visited the Kaiserslautern Zoo, where they saw various animals and even had the opportunity to touch some of them, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, and snakes. Seeing and feeling these animals helped accentuate the learn...

RheinPfalz visits ISW

Last Friday we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Simone Schmidt from the local newspaper, “RHEINPFALZ” to our school in order to have a better understanding of what differentiates our school from the state system. Dr. Schmidt had a chance to meet many of our students during her tour and to sit in on our Year Two German lesson as well as a science lesson with our Year Seven’s.
She was fascinated by the focus of our SBW pedagogic concept – a self-reliant and target orientated learning, ...