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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

necis

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

ECAP Performing Arts offers a wide range of after-school student activities designed to enhance and extend the ISH curriculum through a diverse programme where special talents and interests can be nurtured. 

Our school mission statement details a commitment to provide a complete educational experience for students, one which not only encourages academic excellence but also recognises the importance of a holistic approach in attaining our students’ full potential. As such, students are actively encouraged to engage themselves in extra-curricular activities.

All ECAP Performing Activities.

visual arts

Art Club Grade1&2

This Art Club caters for gifted and talented students in grades 1 to 2. The clubs provides students with the opportunity to engage in various Arts and Craft styles and projects using a range of mediums and materials.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a fee charged for participation in this activity to cover the cost of materials used throughout the year.

Activity Leader
Mrs. Güzin Kuroda

Art Club Grade 3

This Art Club caters for gifted and talented students in grade 3. The clubs provides students with the opportunity to engage in various Arts and Craft styles and projects using a range of mediums and materials.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a fee charged for participation in this activity to cover the cost of materials used throughout the year.

Activity Leader
Mrs. Alison Wallace

Art Club Grade 4

This class will be a hands-on practical experience. Students will make art whilst exploring different techniques and materials. Some works will be completed in an afternoon but most pieces will take a few weeks to be finished. Throughout the course students touch on some theory and learn about techniques that work well with certain materials. 

All pieces will be inspired by an art technique, an art form, artist or art movement. 

Activity Leader
Ms. Péronne Wendrich

Art Club Grade 5

Students will learn stamping, stenciling, die-cutting, inking and much more as they create handmade paper crafts like greeting cards, mini albums and bookmarks. Students will also create their own "All About Me" scrapbook, with pages dedicated to favorite hobbies, foods, holidays and more as personalized keepsake scrapbook that includes photos, memorabilia and journaling!

This Art Club caters for gifted and talented students in grade 5. The clubs provides students with the opportunity to engage in various Arts and Craft styles and projects using a range of mediums and materials.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a fee charged for participation in this activity to cover the cost of materials used throughout the year.

Activity Leader
Ms. Sara Naumann

Art Club Grades 6-8

This Art Club caters for gifted and talented students in grades 6 to 8. The clubs provides students with the opportunity to engage in various Arts and Craft styles and projects using a range of mediums and materials.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a fee charged for participation in this activity to cover the cost of materials used throughout the year.

Activity Leader
Mrs. Alison Wallace

Special Interests

  • Chess Club Grades 2-8 is run by the Hamburg Chess Club offers students 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 regular practice of chess, provides infinite benefits for all people of any age, especially for children, because among other positive qualities, develops mental agility, ability to concentrate for long periods, memory development, logical thinking and ordered, stimulates creativity and most importantly, play to enjoy the beauty that can arise in a good game.
  • Brownies Group for girls aged 7 to 10 allows members to join the British Girl Guides Overseas (BGO) association. The activities are based around six core themes: being well, knowing yourself, skills for the future, creative activities, adventure and taking action. The girls are encouraged to develop skills and confidence to reach their potential; to try new activities; to make new friends; and to discover much about themselves and the world around them. 
    Please visit the BGO website: https://www.british-girlguiding-overseas.org.uk/
  • 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.
    This activity is approved for IB students looking to meet their CAS requirements in the Diploma Programme and MYP students looking to meet their Service requirements.
  • 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.
    This activity is approved for IB students looking to meet their CAS requirements in the Diploma Programme and MYP students looking to meet their Service requirements.
  • 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.
  • Junior Greenish Group for students in grades 1 to 5 is a special interest group working on projects that are environmentally friendly to our community.
  • Math24 and Friends for grades 3, 4 and 5 is a morning Math games club with a whole variety of Math based games which focus on improving use of numbers, fractions and money amongst other things. Students can join the club at any time during the year.
  • Community Service Club for grades 1-5 provides students an opportunity to make a difference in the world by helping others. The Service Club organizes and hosts various events that are all dedicated to different charities. This includes the clothing collection, Jump Rope for Heart and Food Drive. We also do projects on a smaller scale, such as going to local parks to clean and help the environment, or creating children's books to bring joy to the younger students. 
    This club teaches children how to give back to the community, as well as strengthens empathy, organization and leadership skills.
  • ECAP Cooking for grades 6 to 12 provides the opportunity for student to engage in a creative cooking activity that teaches them how to prepare a variety of simple dishes and prepare them for the time after school when they will have to cook for themselves at university. 
    This class is approved for IB students looking to meet their CAS requirements in the Diploma Programme.
    There is a fee associated with participation in this activity to cover the cost of ingredients. An exact amount will be sent out after registering for this class and its payment will confirm enrolment in the class.
  • The Investment Club for students in 9-12 focuses on exploring the world of savings, investment, and personal finance. Through the use of stock market simulations, current events, and real world examples, this club aims to educate young adults to be more financially literate.

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.

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myp service

Service is a significant component in our Middle Years Programme, providing our learners the opportunity to engage in our local and global community and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Service activities at ISH evolve beyond doing for others to engaging with others in a shared commitment towards the common good. Service activities at ISH are interesting, challenging and fun for our learners. Learners are able to engage in experiences that meet the requirements of the Service Programme. Our Service Programme is an avenue to fulfil ISH’s mission statement and work with learners to pursue service activities that they are passionate about.

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fees

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.