Welcome to the new school year!

The Learning Commons team is excited to welcome everyone back for the 2017/18 school year! We hope that everyone has had a relaxing summer, even if you may have been moving or busy with other projects.

Please feel free to stop by our libraries anytime – staff, students, and parents! We are here to help!

For those of you who are new, we are:

  • Lydia Rickard- Degerloch Lower School and working with grades 6-8 students
  • Mark Lawrence- Degerloch Upper School and working with grades 9-12 students
  • Matthew Rose- Sindelfingen Whole Campus
  • Anja Junginger- Whole School Digital Learning Support and LC team coordination

For parents, we are always looking for volunteers! Please stop by if you are interested.

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Donations wanted!

The ISS Learning Commons team have over the last few years been contributing to the library collection of a children’s home/school in Uganda organised by a charity called Heart for Children.  They provide a home and schooling for orphans from all over Africa.  We have donated many of our unwanted library books and the charity has gratefully accepted.

They will be shipping a container at the end of April 2017 and have asked if we have any donations to make.  If you have any unwanted Children’s books please bring them to the Upper, Lower or SIFI School Library from now until before the Easter break.

The books should be in relatively good condition.  We CANNOT accept Textbooks or Adult books.

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Maybe you would even like to buy a new book at the book fair and donate this!

For more information about the charity Heart for Children please view the following website.

https://www.heart4children.de/

Visiting Author Terry McDonagh

For this year’s Book Week the Upper School ISS Learning Commons staff had a real treat in store. Whilst the Lower School hosted author Paul Robson and Susanne Kessler, the Upper School hosted Irish poet, playwright and children’s novelist Terry McDonagh for the second time in the school’s history.

Terry first visited ISS approximately 12 years ago. Since then his writing has become even more prolific and has been rewarded with great success. Only recently his latest anthology of poetry Lady Cassie Peregrina was launched in Ireland to a great reaction.

ISS was eager to host Terry not only because of his literary versatility but also because of what his life experiences can bring to a school like ours. A native of County Mayo in the West of Ireland Terry lives in Hamburg, and as well as English speaks fluent German and according to him, rusty Irish. He is a qualified teacher and has taught in International Schools including the International school of Hamburg where his son attends. Terry’s work has been translated into both German and Indonesian and he works regularly with schools both in Germany and Ireland. So, he is very much an international person.

Terry conducted creative writing workshops with grades 6 to 10 during their scheduled English classes with other subject teachers releasing their students in order that double periods could take place encouraging an unhurried hub of creative activity. The workshops were all held in the Upper School Library.

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Terry, not only read samples of his poetry, but enticed the students to produce work of their own and read them out loud. Both the teachers and Terry were very impressed with the quality of work that students produced.

Anthologies of Terry’s poetry can be borrowed from ISS libraries or see Mr. Lawrence in the Upper School Library if you are interested in having your own personal signed copy. For more information about Terry do please visit his website.

www.terry-mcdonagh.com 

Degerloch Book Week Assembly

Students in the Degerloch Lower School had a fun time at our closing Book Week assembly. With special guests such as Pig and Elephant, and our amazing guest author Mark Robson, the laughs didn’t stop. All the students also came dressed as their favorite characters so even the audience was diverse and entertaining.

A big thank you to Ms. Lydia for organizing such a wonderful week, as well as to our other librarians Mr. Lawrence, Mrs. Daniel, and Mr. Rose who engaged students across the entire school in celebrating their love of reading.

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