A Strong Network - Even After Graduation
The Altsalemer Vereinigung (ASV) is Salem's alumni association for all former students. It helps the alumni keep in touch with each other and with the school. It also supports and the Kurt Hahn Foundation, whose chartered mission is to provide the necessary funds for academic scholarships. The association was founded in 1950 and now maintains a worldwide network of more than 4,000 members, 70 percent of whom are under the age of 50. The association supports developments at Schule Schloss Salem both through ideas and funding. The association supported, for example, the building of the new college with a highly successful fundraising campaign.
The association is pleased to assist young Salem graduates who seek contacts abroad or in the first steps of their career
Members of the Board
|President||Karin Gräfin von Strachwitz-Helmstatt|
|Secretary||Maximilian A.H. Kaiser|
|Past-President||Dr. Stephan Kloess|
|President of the Kurt-Hahn-Foundation||Dr. Karen Jung|
|Honorary President||Niko Becker|
|Honorary Members||Dr. Bernhard Bueb, Detlef Thiery, Inge Hubert, Dieter Plate, Levin von Wulffen|
The Kurt Hahn Foundation helps promote education and instruction at Schule Schloss Salem – above all with the aim of enabling gifted and high-performing children and young people to attend the school irrespective of their parents’ income.
The Kurt Hahn Foundation was founded in 1984 and is currently run by a seven-member board of directors. It is tax-exempt and authorized to issue receipts for charitable donations.
Kurt Hahn Foundation
Commerzbank AG, Essen
IBAN: DE42 3608 0080 0404 0764 01
The Friends of Salem Association ("Vereinigung der Förderer der Schule Schloss Salem e.V.") has been supporting the educational mission at Salem, as formulated by Kurt Hahn, since 1925. The association supports projects that cannot be financed through the regular school budget but offer significant educational benefit to students in the present and future.
Examples of the projects supported in recent years include:
- Major building projects and renovations: Salem Sports Field and Salem's Schrote
- In classrooms: microscopes, robotic kits, binoculars, author readings, reference books
- Salem's service groups: fire brigade truck, rescue boat, tents, defibrillators, first aid colls, folding cots
- Sports instruction and outdoor education: beach volleyball court, fitness room, kayaks, sport jerseys, tents
- Art and cultural activities: concert piano, drum kit, cajónes, e-book readers, stage curtain
- In artisan workshops: carpentry benches, saws, sewing machines, photography equipment and digital cameras
- Travels and international excursions: Model United National conferences, Round Square travel grants, travel costs for scholarship holders
Let's get together!
The association is not only about gather donations. Sharing experiences, keeping up to date with alumni, parents, former parents, and friends of Schule Schloss Salem plays an equally important role. This aspect is a vital part of our get-togethers -- at the members' meeting, the Night of Friends Jazz Evening and at the traditional Christmas Dinner.
Donating With Pleasure - And Enjoying Yourself!
You too can support Salem's students by becoming a member of the Friends of Salem Association and enjoying being part of a community of alumni, parents, former parents and friends of the school. Decisions regarding the allocation of funds is made annually at the members' meeting.
Become a member, too, and support us.
A unifying idea across national boundaries
Round Square is a world-wide network of 200 schools on five continents which have been inspired by the ideas of Kurt Hahn, the reform pedagogue and founder of Schule Schloss Salem, to engage in developing character, pursue intercultural exchange and promote international understanding. Salem is one of the seven founding schools of Round Square.
Salem strives to raise its students to be socially committed, open-minded, curious and compassionate individuals. Salem students take on responsibility, engage in service to the disadvantaged and needy, accept challenges, experience adventures and appreciate diversity in the daily lives. Through holistic experiences they can personally develop themselves further.
Round Square stands for International Understanding. This is encouraged, for example, through regular worldwide student exchange programmes, participation in internationally organised social projects and regional and international student conferences.
For Salem internationalism is a practiced as a matter of course through the diversity of the student body and educational staff as well as in their bilingual surroundings.
Round Square stands for student participation in democratic processes and the development of a democratic way of thinking. For this reason democratic awareness is fostered and strengthened as an important element in the school community. In Salem we practice democracy through a strong student government in which students can actively shape student life and experience democracy in their immediate surroundings. Many further activities also incorporate democratic processes.
Round Square stands for sustainability. Correspondingly schools in the network commit themselves to strengthening environmental awareness among their students through projects and school-wide campaigns.
Round Square stands for adventure. While growing up students learn through activities and extracurricular projects to accept physical challenges, to go beyond their limits and to learn from these experiences in keeping with the motto of Kurt Hahn, "Plus et en vous" -- "There is more in you than you think..."!
In Salem students in each class year are involved in a particular extracurricular challenge, such as an outdoor week, hut-to-hut hiking, an Outward Bound trip to Norway, etc. Our outdoor programme runs as a central thread throughout the school career. In addition there are voluntary activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme which students can participate in to acquire bronze, silver and gold badges.
Round Square stands for activating and developing leadership qualities. Students at Round Square schools learn that leadership cannot be equated with power, but is rather based on personal responsibility, courtesy, justice, fairness and discipline. By taking on offices and public duties, students at Round Square schools learn what it means to be responsible leaders.
Round Square stands for serving other people. Round Square students help others – even beyond the school boundaries. For each student the weekly schedule includes taking part in a community service at least once a week. In addition to social outreach services at school, Salem students can take part in aid projects anywhere in the world (e.g. , in St. Petersburg or at the Kutumb project in India, as well as Round Square International Service Projects). The Round Square service group at Salem conducts fundraising campaigns to collect money for social projects.
International Service-Projekts (RSIS)
RSIS projects bring together students from member schools around the world in order to work as a team to support needy communities. Students learn and practice how to lead groups, develop self-confidence in their own abilities and acquire a deeper understanding for the world's challenges and what it means to be a citizen of the world. Their horizons are expanded by working in a multi-national team, and immersing themselves in a country and culture that is often much different to their own.
Global Conferences (RSIC)
Students at all Round Square schools have the opportunity at different ages to participate in regional, national and international conferences. These offer a combination of guest speakers, group discussions, workshops, cultural excursions, social service and adventure activities. They are excellent opportunities for personal development, broadening intercultural understanding and forming the basis for life-long friendships.
Round Square schools offer students and teachers the opportunity to take part in a worldwide exchange programme. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a better understanding of other countries, gain self-confidence and develop personal abilities. The exchanges between schools are arranged on a flexible basis and available to students in the middle school.
Round Square services in Salem
Our Round Square services organise many kinds of fundraising activities in order to support Salem's projects in Petershof and Kutumb, to finance school scholarships for orphans in Nairobi, Kenya, and to support the Discovery Fund through which the International Service Projects (RSIS) are funded.
The Academic Orientation Year at Salem Kolleg
"How Can I Found the Course of Study That Suits Me?"
After passing their final exams, many high school graduates don't know how to decide which course of study will be the right choice. This and other challenging questions will be dealt with at Salem Kolleg in a one-year orientation course of study and careers counseling. Guided by the triad motto "Experience. Understand. Decide" the program is organized in trimesters, during which recent graduates receive intensive support and preparation for their future academic and professional paths.
Young academics nearing completion of their doctoral programs teach introductory courses at Salem Kolleg in the fields of natural science, social science and humanities while providing participants insights into interdisciplinary methods of study. From medicine to economics to sociology, chemistry, modern media & marketing - the spectrum is quite wide and offers the ideal chance to discover one's personal strengths and aptitudes. In additional to courses within the Kolleg, participants can attend first semester courses at the University of Konstanz and University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz.
Outdoor Leadership Training, Character Development and a Research Field Trip
In additional to preparing for academic study participants will also have the opportunity to gather valuable practical experience. Hence a core element of the program is Outdoor Leadership Training. Equally important is the focus on developing character within a close community and strengthening the particular talents and qualifications of each individual. This is made possible through a unique and multi-faceted choice of activities, ranging from theater, choir, language courses, social outreach services, and a research field trip as part of the academic project "Social Reality in Europe".
The goal of the academic orientation year at Salem Kolleg is very clear. Each participant should discover and develop his or her personal talents and abilities - as a sound basis for making the right decision about the future course of life. In order to enable as many high school graduates as possible to attend Salem Kolleg, scholarships are also offered.
Concept of Salem Kolleg is Based on Three Pillars:
Participants in the program gain experience as members of a special and close community as well as by becoming socially involved. Outdoor education, leadership training, development of key competencies, independent organization of self-chosen projects and a diversified program of sports help to foster and strength strong personalities.
which follows the precepts of Kurt Hahn and Schule Schloss Salem. Intensive encounters with nature, outdoor leadership training and team building contribute to an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness toward one's self and our natural environment.
Goal-oriented leadership means setting, following and achieving goals and targets together with others. The result is a strengthening of individual responsibility and self-efficacy.
Developing Key Compentencies
such as emergency first aid, responsible action in crises, rhetorical skills and successful communication, problem analysis, etc.
Independent Project Organization
is practiced, for example, within the framework project "Social Reality in Europe."
Diversified Sports Program
which includes team sports such as hockey, sailing, soccer and volleyball.
Young academics offer introductory seminars in natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities and act as mentors to the Kolleg's participants:
- Offering guidance in the use of interdisciplinary methods such as experimental research, statistical analysis, text interpretation or the application of law to concrete cases.
- Assistance with competing a final paper on an academic topic
- Fostering academic skills need for university studies
- Encouragement of creative learning in the arts (music, theater, film, etc.)
A complete series of counseling opportunities and coaching sessions enables participants to make viable decisions -- for themselves and also for others.
- Intensive careers counseling with experiences counselors
- Career development and assessment workshops
- Decision-making training programs for academic and professional fields
- INSIGHTS MDI®-Diagnostic Tools for Potential Analysis which facilitate holistic insight into personal behavior, interests, attitudes and values and result in an understanding of one's own potential
- Application coaching (creating a portfolio, interviewing skills, business etiquette)
- Cooperative relations with top-ranking universities (e.g., University of Konstanz)
CIS is a membership community committed to high quality international education.
Our community includes more than 1300 institutions, 736 schools and 618 colleges and universities representing 116 countries.
As a global non-profit membership organization, CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals that share these ideals:
- a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and
- a commitment to high quality international education.
This program is specially intended for young people aged 14 to 25 and encourages social commitment, self-realization, adventure experiences, and the development of personal interests in accordance with Kurt Hahn's educational principles. Bronze and Silver Badges correspond to prescribed activities in the areas of service, expeditions, talent and fitness. For the Gold Badge the range of activities is broadened to include a further personal project.
For many years Salem has offered its students the chance to participate in a unique program of events: the Model United Nations Conference
Preparation and Procedures
The students get to know and understand the complex work of the United Nations through role-playing. Each school represents a UN member country or a UN.
In order to be able to understand the working methods and the structure of UN with its complicated network of organizations, the students work through the highly formalized diplomatic procedures and vocabulary and practice them in role-playing exercises. They also learn how to formulate resolutions.
History, culture, religion, economy, political system and foreign policy: In working groups the students independently research and analyze information about the of the country they are to represent. Their sources are the respective embassies, the internet and the world press, through which the students attentively follow daily political developments.
The MUN conference takes place every year in The Hague for a week in January. This conference is intended primarily for the Upper School, while Middle School students attend a similar conference in Genoa.
Taking into account actual UN resolutions, the topics on the MUN agenda are prepared for from the perspective of the country they represent. Students then meet in commissions and plenary sessions before motions are brought to a vote. The conference is held in English.
The IB offers an education for students from age 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge ...
Outward Bound Excursions Lead to Self-Discovery.
For many students, Outward Bound excursions are among their key experiences at Salem. Year 9 students leave civilization behind for an eleven-day expedition in the wilds of Norway. Pushing yourself to your limits, setting yourself challenges and learning that your own actions have consequences not only for you as an individual but for the group as a whole are all central elements of the Outward Bound experience.
Recognizing One's Own Nature
Doing without luxury and consumer goods leads to a much more intensive relationship with the natural world and a heightened sensitivity to the economic use of natural resources. Discovering a spring after a long route march can be a source of pure joy. As one student concluded: “We learnt to manage without the mod cons of everyday life and to appreciate those things we would normally take for granted, even more.”
Costs Energy but Also Gives Strength: Outdoor Experiences
Students sleep in tents, under the open sky. Students must cook and fend for themselves. One element of the excursion is the so-called “solo”, where each student is left to his or her own resources for 12 to 24 hours. During this experience students write down their thoughts and emotions in a reflective letter. This letter is then sent to them a year later so that they can once again face their Outward Bound experiences while in the midst of daily routines. Participants also keep an expedition journal and share their experiences with their fellow pupils upon their return.
The physical effort demanded of the participants was once tellingly expressed by student at nine o'clock one evening: “Can we go to bed now, please?
Each student is given personal feedback after the expedition which is also recorded in a report at the end of the school year.
The Senate of Economy consists of leaders in industry, science and society who are particularly aware of their responsibility towards the state and society. Together as ambassadors of the organization they seek to implement its goals in dialogue with policy makers in the fields of politics, industry, culture and media.
In this association, people work together for disadvantaged children, young people and young adults in and around Saint Petersburg (Russia) to give them a future worth living.
Association of German Privat Schools Baden-Württemberg e.V.
zis foundation for travel grants
Germany's strongest brands
Schule Schloss Salem is one of Germany's strongest brands.
Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
With its voluntary membership base of 80,000 trained volunteers, THW is a unique organization established in 1950 within Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior.
Die THW-Jugend ist der Jugendverband des Technischen Hilfswerks (THW). In fast jedem Ortsverband gibt es eine Jugendgruppe mit Mädchen und Jungen ab zehn Jahren. Bundesweit sind rund 15.000 Jugendliche in der Jugend der Organisation aktiv.
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
The G30 was founded in 2006. The G30 brings Heads from leading schools together on an annual basis. All participants are encouraged to share their best practice, thoughts, ideas and challenges within a strictly confidential environment.