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Extra-Curricular Activities

Purpose and Approach

The ISH Extra-Curricular Activities Programme (ECAP) offers a wide range of after-school student activities designed to enhance and extend the ISH curriculum by offering a diverse programme through which special talents and interests can be nurtured. Our ISH mission statement includes a commitment to provide a complete educational experience for our students, one which encourages academic excellence but which also recognizes the importance of a holistic approach if the potential of our students is to be developed to the maximum. As such, students are actively encouraged to engage themselves in extra-curricular activities which include the ISH School Band, intramural sports, Model United Nations and many more.

ECAP Structure

The Extra-Curricular Activities Programme (ECAP) has 4 main strands:

sports: NECIs and intramural


The International School of Hamburg is a leading member of the Northwest European Council of International Schools (NECIS) Sports Council, a group of eleven international schools that provides opportunities for our students to meet in specified tournament activities on a competitive basis with each school working toward a common aim to achieve a well-balanced programme that promotes healthy competition, sportsmanship and full participation. Click here for more information

intramural sports

The intramural sports programme is designed for our younger students (students in grades P1 to 4 who are too young to join the NECIS Sports programme); and for those older students (grades 5 to 12) who do not wish to commit to a NECIS team (or in addition to) but instead prefer to play recreational sports in a non-competitive environment. Click here for more information.

Performing Arts

Tech Crew Performing Arts

  • Drama

The ISH Performing Arts Department stage a musical performance in autumn and a drama performance in spring, both cast from students in grades 6 to 12. In addition, students in grades 9 to 12 can audition for the Tech Crew which is responsible for the lighting, sound, set production and backstage management for all ISH drama performances. Click here for more information.

  • Music

The ISH Music Enrichment Programme provides private instrumental and vocal instruction with English-speaking instructors for students in grades 1 to 12. The 30-minute weekly lessons are fee-based. 
In addition, the Junior School Choir (grades 1 to 5), the Junior Rock Band (grades 4 to 6), Junior Pop Choir (grades 4-6), ISH School Band (grades 4 to 12),  Beginners’ OrchestraSenior Orchestra (by audition), Brass Band and ISH strings all meet for regular rehearsals and give several performances throughout the year. Students may also receive tuition to prepare for the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in the UK. Click here for more information.

  • Dance

Students can learn and participate in Ballet classes (grades P3 to 5), Jazz Dance classes (grades 1 to 5), Tap Dance classes (P3 to grade 8) or Primary Dance classes (grades P1 and P2). 

visual arts


  • The Junior School Art Club for students in grades 1 to 5 is currently organized into two groups: Tuesdays – Grades 1 and 2 from 15.00 to 16.30 hours and Thursdays – Grades 3 to 5 from 15.00 to 16.30 hours.
    They produce work in a variety of styles and using a variety of different mediums. Please note that a fee is charged for this course to help cover the cost of materials.
  • The Middle School Art Club (new in 2017-18) for students in grades 6 to 8 gives our students the opportunity to work in and experience a variety of mediums. Please note that a fee may be charged for this course to help cover the cost of materials. 
  • The Stage Design Group for a small group of students in grades 8 to 12 Stage Set Design designs and builds the scenery for the school musical in November.

Special Interests

  • The Chess Club run by the Hamburg Chess Club offers students in grades 1 to 5 and in grades 6 to 12 the opportunity to learn and play the game in the company of an instructor from the Hamburg Chess Club. The class is open to players of all abilities.
  • The Yearbook Production Team for students in grades 9 to 12 is responsible for publishing the annual ISH Yearbook and will work throughout the year on the many tasks involved in the production of this high quality record of the school year.
  • The Model United Nations and Debating Society for students in grades 10 and 11 focuses on the key skills of debate, formal resolution writing, public speaking and individual research. The course is open to all students in grades 10 and 11, although a selected group of twelve students will be offered the opportunity to take part in one of the most prestigious MUN conferences available, at The Hague Model United Nations Conference in January (fees apply). With the MUN experience students grow in confidence, learn to be independent, critical thinkers and at the same time are able to spend time working closely with students from across the globe.
  • The Kids 4 Kids Project is a community action programme aiming to help children in the local community through various non-funding and fundraising activities. This activity is open to students in grades 6 to 10 where it can be used in conjunction with the MYP Community Service Project; and for students in grades 11 and 12 where it qualifies for CAS hours. Enrolment is by arrangement with Mr. Peter Anderson who leads this activity.
  • Relax Kids for students in grades 1 to 5 is a pioneering system of teaching children mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help them cope with stress, anxiety and behavioral problems. Please refer to the table shown below for information relating to the different groups.
  • The Greenish Group for students in grades 6 and 7 is a special interest group working on projects that are environmentally friendly to our community. 
  • The History of the School Project for students in grades 8 to 11 is currently researching and mapping the history of ISH in time for the school’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in October 2017.
  • The CAS Cooking Class for students in grades 11 and 12 provides the opportunity for our older students to engage in a creative activity that will undoubtedly prepare them for the time they have to look after themselves at university.
  • The Robotics Club for students in grades 5 and 6 allows our younger students to delve into the world of robotics by designing and building their own robots.

For more information, please see the Summary of our Special Interests Classes for 2017-18.

Creativity, Activity and Service

CAS takes education beyond the classroom and gives students the chance to devise their own Creativity, Activity and Service projects. In doing so, students challenge themselves whilst helping others. CAS is a fundamental element at the core of the IB Diploma. Emphasis is placed on the experiential learning and students should be involved in a balanced challenging range of activities. The IB defines CAS as:

  • Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.

  • Activity: physical exertion contributing to healthy lifestyle.

  • Service: collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.

Students need to take part in activities in each of these three strands. Students can choose from the range of activities offered in school and supplement them with other projects outside of School. They are to reflect on their interests and the personal challenges they would like to set themselves. They are to keep an up to date portfolio that documents their planning, evidence and reflections. Each student has an account with Managebac which is the electronic platform where the evidence is to be recorded. Students are advised to start participating in their projects as soon as possible and need to be involved with CAS for at least 18 months. Throughout the eighteen months students will have three compulsory interviews with the CAS Coordinator.


As a general rule, we will not charge fees for ECAP activities if they take place on campus and the students are taught in groups. However, some exceptions and/or restrictions apply. Please contact ECAP Coordinator Garry Jones for any questions you may have. You will find his details on the top right of the page.