The opening ceremony of the first IB diploma class 2020/2022 took place on Thursday, June 25th, 2020.
Among the invited guests were the Swiss Consul General, Martin Maier and the Consul General of The Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Josefine Wallat, as well as the chairperson of the Parents’ Advisory Board, Horst Geicke and Parent Representative, Issariya Hauschild.
Needless to say, the focus was on the students in class 10, who were accompanied by their parents that evening and who will start the decisive years of the upper school with the coming school year.
The guests and IB teachers met in the IGS IB library where the evening was opened by a baroque concerto on the piano. Head of school Dirk Thormann gave the opening speech and conveyed the congratulations of SBH CEO Peter Gödde to the IGS school community.
A radiant smile could be seen on the faces of the students in class 10 as their class teacher, Mr. Viertel, played as an interlude the piece Rhapsody No. 10. Hidden within the composition were the students’ own compositions from music lessons during the year.
This was followed by the solemn speeches of the two general consuls, who told the audience about their own experiences on the way to the upper school and, among other things, addressed the particular challenges of choosing a career in the 21st century.
One aspect that was addressed in all speeches was the increasing responsibility that IGS learners will face in the coming years
At the end of the festive part of the program, the students were given a folder with the most important documents for the final year by the IB coordinator, Ms. Barnickel. The prospective diploma students signed their acknowledgement of the philosophy and regulations for the IB diploma phase in front of the guests present.
The evening ended with a drink and nice conversations.
Interview with Horst Geicke, chairman of Deutsches Haus and chair of school advisory board
We would like to thank all guests very much and wish our first IB diploma year students all the best and a good start to the last big vacation before it all starts!
We would like to thank all those involved in the IB authorization from the teaching staff, the administration, the authorities, but also from the circle of parents and students. Our special thanks go to the IB coordinator, Franziska Barnickel, who led the IB team through the authorization process with perseverance and expert knowledge.
Head of school