In accordance with our school’s strong traditions in the performing arts, at the heart of ISH’s campus is a Performing Arts Centre. It incorporates a 400-seat multifunctional auditorium (“aula”), drama teaching spaces, music classrooms, music practice rooms and display areas. The auditorium features professional sound, lighting, and projection technology to ensure that many different theatrical genres can be staged under ideal conditions. Indeed, the quality of the performances at ISH regularly draws many guests from beyond the school community. The auditorium is also a popular location for fairs, conferences, guest performances and various other events.
At ISH we embed technology into our learning activities to deliberately improve each aspect of the academic process, knowledge and skill acquisition, analysis/synthesis, and presentation.
Digital Citizenship lessons run by qualified teachers and members of our IT department ensure our students cope successfully with the challenges of the digital age. Learn more about our vision of digital citizenship here
Students access carefully chosen educational and productivity tools and services throughout the day to learn new content, collaborate and organise their thoughts, build and present their own ideas through writing, static multimedia, as well as performance and production for audio and video. This access is provided via a robust and secure campus-wide wireless network, interactive displays in every classroom, school-provided ipads and laptops at younger grades, and Bring-Your-Own devices (BYOD) at older grade levels.
As we have integrated secure cloud tools into our academic workflow at almost all grade levels we have seen significant improvement in students' ability to collaborate in group projects. Cloud tools also improve opportunities for teacher and peer feedback.
While we educate our students to choose and use productivity and collaboration tools authentically in their academic workflow, we are also conscious of the value of face-to-face interaction and teach students to communicate productivity with each other by looking attentively, listening carefully, thinking critically, and responding constructively.
The study of Science and its related disciplines is an integral component of the curriculum at ISH. The existence of contemporary and well-equipped science laboratories to support the curriculum is a must, hence the Science Department facilities at ISH are modern and well resourced. There are seven well-equipped laboratories, three preparation rooms, and a science seminar room. Naturally, the Science Department also benefits greatly from ISH’s significant ICT resources.
A well-resourced and easily accessible library is crucial to successful education. Centrally located and featuring large display, work and lounge areas as well as up-to-date technology, the Saalfeld Family Library reflects our overall commitment to student centred learning and to the provision of outstanding library services. Two full-time Librarians and two Library Assistants manage and maintain around 45,000 materials that have been accumulated so far–more than some universities can claim.
Our Intramural and NECIS sports programmes require facilities of the highest order and the sporting facilities on our campus satisfy just that. Be it the three gym halls, the climbing wall, the fully equipped fitness studio, the 100m four-lane tartan running track, the full-size soccer pitch, the street soccer field, the long and triple jump areas, the permanent volleyball court, the facilities for high jump/discus/shot put/ball-throwing, or the two multipurpose areas for basketball, volleyball and soccer–it’s all there and in great condition. Thanks to the Rot-Gelb Club next door, ISH students can even make use of excellent tennis, cricket and hockey facilities. A nearby swim hall can be reached by bus within minutes.
ISH also features several facilities that cannot be easily subsumed under the previous categories, but are nevertheless important to daily school life. Secondary School students, for instance, can retreat into a cozy Student Lounge equipped with sofas and armchairs. Two playgrounds, one for the main student population and a second one accessible only to our youngest students, promise great fun outside the classrooms. A modern cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch and snacks provides delicious sustenance. Lastly a Multipurpose Room is outfitted with sophisticated AV equipment, serves as location for workshops, conferences, events and–thanks to the built-in mirrors, parquet flooring and ballet bar–dance lessons.
The ISH Cafeteria serves as the central hub for our school community, including students, staff, and parents. It accommodates 300 seats and offers both a catering service and a kiosk. Our kiosk is open from 8:00 to 16:30, providing breakfast, wholesome snacks, and drinks throughout the day, outside the school lunch time 11:30-13:40.
Starting from 2023, our catering is managed by Katherine GmbH, which specialises in offering fresh and nutritious meals designed to cater to various dietary preferences. These meals are crafted using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.
We've partnered with Foove Pay to establish a fully cashless cafeteria system. This means that meals are ordered and paid for online in advance, streamlining the process.
Aligned with our environmental commitment to sustainability, we are actively working alongside our partners to continually expand our students' nutritional awareness and minimise food and packaging waste. Additionally, our collective goal is to reduce the overall environmental impact of the cafeteria, focusing on lowering its carbon footprint.