The Salem Blog

Interesting stories, current information, exciting thoughts - in our Salem Blog you will find many different contents from our school and boarding school cosmos, written by students, teachers, the communication department or the management. 

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09/07/2021
Salem's saviour - 140 years of Dr Heinrich Blendinger
by Marc Zirlewagen, ASV-Redaktion

From 1934 to 1943, Dr Heinrich Blendinger led Salem in the spirit of its founders. It was due to him that Salem was able to survive with a minimum of compromise until almost the end of National Socialism. 8 September 2021 is the 140th anniversary of his birth.

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08/26/2021
Jobs with a future
by Silke Stahl

The two alumni Nora Grabmayr and Stella Poelzig, spoke in the school assembly about jobs in the energy industry, the current challenges in the energy industry, renewable energies and the energy turnaround, as well as the power of an almost twenty-year friendship that began in Salem.

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08/25/2021
TEDx Talk Schule Schloss Salem 2021: Videos online

In March 2021, the second TEDx Talk of Schule Schloss Salem took place on our Campus Härlen. All videos are published on the official Youtube channel of the TEDx Talks.

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08/12/2021
A somewhat different Outward Bound
by Dongyang Du, 9D1

At the end of June 2021, Year 9 spent four days in the alpine nature landscape in Morteratsch near St. Moritz. A successful alternative to the Outward Bound expedition in Norway, which could not take place due to the pandemic. Dongyang tells us about his experiences.

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08/11/2021
Theme Days Year 9
by Fee Schreiter, 9D1

Jalda Rebling, a specialist in European-Jewish music from the Middle Ages to the present, visited Year 9 on the occasion of the theme days. The student Fee wrote a welcome for her.

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08/10/2021
Speech on the election of the head student
by Meltem Cicek, 9D2

All candidates who apply for the office of school representative give a speech in the school assembly. Here is Meltem Cicek's speech.

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07/21/2021
Queen Elizabeth expresses her gratitude for the condolences on Prince Philip's death

With her personal letter to Headmaster Bernd Westermeyer, Queen Elizabeth expresses her gratitude for the condolences of Schule Schloss Salem.

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07/21/2021
Humming and Buzzing Around the Junibau: Who Can Find Animals with Six Legs?
by Nina Peters

Year 6 took a field trip to the gardens of Salem’s Junibau for their class unit on insects. They were able to collect and observe a wide range of crawling creatures.

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07/21/2021
An Altsalemer and His Team Have Saved Many People’s Lives
by Carl Colsman, 10D4

Salem alumnus Jakob Schoen gave a talk in the school assembly about his impressive project “Jugend Rettet”, which came to the aid of refugees in distress at sea.

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07/21/2021
With the Computer Certification our Students Acquire Important Core Skills
by Ben Jagaisa, 9D2 und Jonas Kottmann, 9D3

Schule Schloss Salem offers the opportunity to earn the ICDL Certification by learning how to use various programs in the Microsoft Office package. Two students describe their experiences.

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07/21/2021
From Adventures in the Wilderness to Finding a Career Path
by Silke Stahl

Year 9 at Schule Schloss Salem is characterised by an exploration of one’s own limits and deciding to pursue the German Abitur or the IB Diploma. Many exciting projects in the boarding school contribute to each student’s development.

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07/21/2021
Spetzgart’s Bees Are Being Monitored Digitally
by Christina Müller

Two house tutors have installed a beehive scale under a bee colony to study the correlation between honey production, temperature, and atmospheric humidity in near real time.

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07/15/2021
An excellent Abitur
by Brigitte Mergenthaler, Director of Studies

At the graduation ceremony on 14 July 2021, over 100 graduates from 21 countries around the world who successfully completed their time at Schule Schloss Salem with the Abitur or the International Baccalaureate Diploma were honoured.

 

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07/14/2021
IB Exams: Schule Schloss Salem Achieves Outstanding Results

This year’s International Baccalaureate results are outstanding with an average of 35 points and a 98 percent pass rate.

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06/24/2021
Four days under the open sky
by Thilo Wiggenhauser, Mentor

Building on the basic ideas of Kurt Hahn, Schule Schloss Salem implements a challenging outdoor education curriculum. In Year 6, the radius of activities is extended.

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06/14/2021
Musical tribute to Eva Winter
by Suanne Sigg, Music Service

The Henning Winter Foundation for the Promotion of the Arts in Salem has made the Salem Music Competition possible for almost 20 years. Eva Winter passed away on 10 April 2021. Members of the music service play.

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06/02/2021
What is a Kamishibai? - The Reading Seminar of the Kinderstiftung Bodensee for the Social Service
by Madita Knaebel, year 9D3

Two speakers from the Kinderstiftung Bodensee visited the Social Services at Salem Castle at the end of April.

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05/12/2021
Happy Easter: Hunting and Finding Chocolate Easter Bunnies
by Wangzuoyi Qian, 6D1 & Viktoria Ratzesberger 9E2

At Salem Castle students celebrated their Easter holiday with many traditional customs. Two of them describe decorating and searching for Easter eggs.

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05/12/2021
Hiking and Raising the Maypole during the Latest Salem Weekend
by Eva Petermann, Will Jagasia & Isabella Calcagni

Whenever all our boarding students remain on campus, there are many exciting activities on the weekend programme. These recently included raising the maypole.

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05/12/2021
Scholarship Holders: Sharing Information and Experiences at an Annual Gathering
by Janina Tritschler & Gesa Meyer-Wiefhausen

On a day filled with a variety of activities, our scholarship holders in Years 5 to 10 learned a lot about the scholarship programme at Schule Schloss Salem. And there was plenty of time for fun, too.

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05/12/2021
Duke of Edinburgh's Award: Getting Lost in the Woods, but Learning a Lot
by Yiqing Chen, Abi1

The first trial expedition for the Gold Award took place this year at the end of March in the woody hinterland not far from Spetzgart Castle.

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05/12/2021
Experiencing Salem: A Successful Virtual Open Day
by Sabrina Müller, Marketing Department

Over 200 visitors from around the world enjoyed Schule Schloss Salem’s digital presentations.

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05/06/2021
Mask donation for Salem
by Janina Tritschler & Silke Stahl

Schule Schloss Salem is pleased to receive 80,000 FFP2 masks donated by a pair of parents.

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05/03/2021
The Greatest Wealth is Health
by Dr. Stephanie Nau, Head of Admissions

At first glance, health and wellness education at schools is nothing new. The importance of health as a prerequisite to learning for the full is a matter of common knowledge. Why would Salem International Boarding School stand out in this aspect? Read on for an insight into the unique principles of an awarded health and wellbeing concept.

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03/22/2021
Career counselling: Gathering insights into exciting academic programmes
by Vanessa Ruschpler & Emilia Neher (Abi2)

Students of our graduating class used the first online Student Information Day to inform themselves about various degree programmes at the two universities in nearby Konstanz.

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03/22/2021
Salem’s Social Service Groups Get Creative: How to Keep in Touch During Lockdown
by Sozialdienst Salem

Because our Social Service students could not meet with the primary school children they usually tutored, they kept in touch through games, handicrafts, and storytelling.

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03/22/2021
Salem’s First Digital Music Competition
by Ziyan Liu and Clemens Fiala, Abi1

Let the coronavirus pandemic nix our beloved music competition? Not at Salem!

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03/17/2021
Donations Requested: Research Ship Aldebaran Takes Salem On Board
by Janina Tritschler

To hold their Project Week aboard the swimming classroom on Lake Constance our students would be grateful for your support.

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03/17/2021
After Each Day’s Lessons Salem Has a Lot to Offer
by Moritz Zaiser, 6D1, and Emily Buck, 5D1

Two students, in Year 5 and Year 6, describe their afternoon extracurricular activities.

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02/18/2021
Column: A Piece of My Mind
by Angela Gall, IB2

Our student Angela Gall has written a column for our weekly campus newspaper "Wort zum Dienstag". Enjoy reading it!

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02/05/2021
Partial Scholarships from the Kurt Hahn Stiftung and the Beck’sche Stiftung
by Gesa Meyer-Wiefhausen & Janina Tritschler

For the school year 2021/2022 the Kurt Hahn Stiftung and the Beck’sche Stiftung once again offer a large number of partial scholarships to talented students.

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02/05/2021
Salem’s Red Pin Awarded to 100 Students
by Freya Gehlsdorf and Hannes Dewender, School representatives in Salem

“What matters is our deeds!” – On the occasion of the ceremonial awarding of Salem pins at the Nikolaus Dinner two school speakers gave a moving speech.

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02/05/2021
Musical Greetings for the Holidays Sent Out Digitally
by Ariane Hellenbach, 10D1

Rather playing the traditional Christmas concert live and on location, Salem’s musicians sent out the Christmas spirit via Internet

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02/05/2021
Digital Information Presentation: Visiting Schule Schloss Salem from the Living Room Sofa
by Dr. Stephanie Nau, Head of Admissions

Pleased by the high demand for our digital information events, we have also begun to offer general sessions and special presentations in English.

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02/05/2021
Instruction via Computer Screen: One Teacher’s Story
by Stefanie Grimm, Teacher in Salem

Distance learning represents a change and a challenge not only for students. Salem teacher Stefanie Grimm gives a report of her own experiences.

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02/04/2021
Parents’ Council in Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic
by Caroline Stockhausen and Mariella Röhm-Kottmann, Parent's Council

Due to restrictions on in-person gatherings, the Parents’ Council of Schule Schloss Salem gets together digitally and gathers suggestions from other parents regarding digitalisation within the school.

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02/04/2021
A New Editorial Team for the Salem Alumni Association (Altsalemer)
by Marc Zirlewagen, Susanne Dedecke, Kira Grisch and Nils Grimm

Raising the bar: four journalists from two generations of Salem students will report on events and current topics at Schule Schloss Salem for their fellow alumni.

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01/09/2021
Sad news

The chairman of the board of the sponsoring association of Schule Schloss Salem gGmbH, Dr Maximilian Dietzsch-Doertenbach, passed away suddenly and completely unexpectedly on 2 January 2021.

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12/14/2020
Sports, Handicrafts and Films during the Salem Weekend
by Justin Sperling, 6D1 und Thilo Wiggenhauser

Spending a weekend in and around Schloss Salem: Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a variety of leisure activities during their school weekend at the beginning of November.

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12/14/2020
The German language: Getting Fit for Abitur Classes in Upper School
by Dr. Sabine Jasny, Lehrerin für Deutsch als Fremdsprache sowie IB German A –Language and Literature und German B

During Salem’s first Autumn Academy (Herbstakademie) three international students trained reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in their foreign language of German.

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12/14/2020
Outdoor Education: Getting Ready for the School’s Own Kayak Tours
by Eugen Balzer, Fachschaft Outdoor Education

Six members of the Experiential Education Department at Schule Schloss Salem successfully completed a training course to become certified kayak and canoe tour leaders.

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12/14/2020
Supporting Salem’s Talented Students with Charity Shopping
by Dr. Karen Jung, Vorsitzende der Kurt-Hahn-Stiftung

Christmas is just around the corner. And while you do your Christmas shopping you can support Salem with the help of „School Angels“ (Schulengel) or Amazon Smile.

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12/14/2020
Make Our Festschrift a Special Christmas Gift
by Bernd Westermeyer, Gesamtleiter der Schule Schloss Salem

With the present of this over 460-page Festschrift commemorating the 100th anniversary of Schule Schloss Salem you will give someone great pleasure on Christmas Eve.

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12/14/2020
“Working in the boarding school is really exciting“
by Kirsten Astor

Due to increased student enrolments, Schule Schloss Salem is constantly looking for new staff, especially teachers and house tutors. In an interview, Natalie Lander from our Recruitment Department reports on why it is worth working at Salem.

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12/10/2020
Schwarzman Scholars Announces Class of 2022
by Silke Stahl, Communications

Patrik Birkle, who graduated in Salem in 2015, has been selected as a member of the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2022.

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12/10/2020
Autumn Academy: German as a Foreign Language
by Yiqing Chen, Abi 1 & Edda Ziehm, Teacher

A student and a teacher write about their experiences at the Herbstakademie Deutsch, which took place in the college for the first time this year.

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12/08/2020
It’s been MOVEMBER again
by Jason Corbett, Teacher

During November 2020 you may noticed some uncharacteristic mustaches growing on a few of the male staff members. With the bizarre appearance, they were once again trying to raise awareness of men's health issues.

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11/26/2020
Air filters and a new mobile classroom
by Silke Stahl, Communications

Since the autumn holidays, all classrooms at Schule Schloss Salem have been equipped with high performance air filter units.

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11/23/2020
„Trick or Treat“
by Emma Koch (10D2), Noah Köster (10D4) & Wangzuoyi Qian (6D1)

Creepy stories, LED candlelight and lots of sweets. So our years 5 and 6 celebrated this years Halloween.

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11/17/2020
The helper weekend 2020
by Aleksandra Frolova (10D4)

At the beginning of each school year, the new wing helpers are elected on all wings of grades 5 to 10. Shortly after this, the so-called helper weekend takes place.

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10/30/2020
The „Hödinger Runde“
by Elias Hoffmann, Abi 2

On 14 October 2020, the traditional Hödinger-Runde run of the Ppper school took place. It is part of every school year in the Upper School and is usually held in the first epoch.

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10/22/2020
The stairway to heaven
by Klasse 7D1

Year 7 spent an extraordinary outdoor day at the skywalk nature adventure park in Scheidegg.

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10/19/2020
Information Events in the New School Year: Online and at Local Venues

Our online information presentations have been in high demand and we will continue to offer them on a regular basis. As in past years, you will also be able to get to know us in person at venues in Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt or Zurich during this school year.

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10/19/2020
On Strengths, Success and Goals in Life

At a two-day workshop Year 9s devoted themselves to finding out what interests them most and getting better acquainted through team games.

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10/16/2020
Snowy Adventures in the Allgäu

Four class-groups of Year 10 climbed the Hochgrat and got to know each other better.

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10/16/2020
Integration Days: When Strangers Become Friends

A wide range of games and activities on the first day of school unites old and new Salem students.

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10/16/2020
The Kiel Regatta: Seven Landlubbers and a Helmsman

Former students representing Schule Schloss Salem at the 131st Cutter Regatta achieved respectable results

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10/16/2020
Salem International Summer Schools: Filled with Life, Learning and Laughter

During our Summer Schools students immersed themselves in Salem’s boarding school life and spent some time in classrooms

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10/13/2020
Music in difficult times
by Thomas Braun, Musiklehrer

The community of musicians is particularly affected in times of Corona, as singing and playing with instruments are considered to be particularly difficult.

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10/02/2020
An Alpine view of Salem that could never be defined
by Greg Williams, Art teacher in Salem from 2017-2019

Nothing would have quite prepared me for the amazing panorama view I had when I first stepped onto the balcony on the Zimmerman Bauernhof site back in August 2017 ...

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09/09/2020
TEDx Talk Schule Schloss Salem: Videos online

In January 2020 the first TEDx Talk: Schule Schloss Salem took place on our Campus Härlen. A few days ago all videos were published on the official TEDx Talks Youtube channel.

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07/10/2020
Be smart – don’t start – Competition for smoke-free school classes

Seven classes of Schule Schloss Salem successfully participated in the nationwide non-smoking competition BE SMART- DON'T START for school health promotion through tobacco prevention.

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07/06/2020
Global Action Network: Poems and Collages about Mental Health

Many students submitted work to an art competition on this important issue. Their creations are on exhibition at the Spetzgart dining hall.

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07/05/2020
The Botanical Service presents: Honey from Spetzgart Castle

The Botanical Service looks after the school’s own four colonies of bees. With the help of the Müllers, a teacher couple who also own bees, students spun “Castle Honey” and filled it into jars.

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07/05/2020
An Imaginative Idea for Online-Biology

During their period of distance learning students drew pictures of imaginary animals and invented Latin names for them. The results are now being exhibited on campus.

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07/05/2020
Salem International Summer Schools: Many Activities, but with Social Distancing

The school’s popular summer holiday programme will take place in Salem and Spetzgart despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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07/05/2020
Resuming School Despite Coronavirus: Joyful Reunions

After the Whitsun school holiday all our students were finally allowed to return to campus. Everyone was thrilled, even though there are new rules to be followed.

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06/21/2020
Finally back in the Salem community

At Schule Schloss Salem almost all students in years 5 to 12 have been back on board again since 14 June 2020, and after more than three months of largely digital coexistence, the boarding school and school are finally filled with life again.

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05/20/2020
Lines Away for the Aldebaran – A Digital Project Week

The research and media broadcasting ship “Aldebaran” recently travelled around Lake Constance and sent live broadcasts to our students in their classrooms or at home

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05/20/2020
Festschrift for Salem’s 100th Anniversary Now Available

Twenty-four authors trace the history of Schule Schloss Salem in a richly illustrated Festschrift. The number of copies is limited.

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05/20/2020
Daily Life at Salem One Hundred Years Ago

Looking Back: The Kurt Hahn Archive offers insight into daily life and classroom experiences at Schule Schloss Salem shortly after its founding in April 1920

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05/20/2020
50 Additional Scholarships for Talented Students

In this anniversary year the Kurt Hahn Foundation plans to offer scholarships to many more students

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05/20/2020
From Karaoke to Archery to Quiz Night: Easter Programmes at the Boarding School

Plenty of activities sweetened the Corona time for pupils who stayed in Salem and College during the Easter holidays

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05/20/2020
„Strong Roots Allow for Changes“

Welcome: New managing director and business manager Thomas Obitz introduces himself as the successor of Christian Niederhofer.

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05/11/2020
F1inSchools Competition

Formula 1 at School is a multidisciplinary, international technology competition in which students aged 11 to 19 years design, build and race a miniature Formula 1 racing car on the computer and then send it out to race.

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03/23/2020
Ski Week: Having Fun on the Slopes

Year 8 enjoyed a snowy white landscape and the joys of winter during their excursion to Austria.

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03/23/2020
Off to the Children’s Library: Social Service Group Holds a Training Day

In a workshop titled “Reading Aloud is Fun” members of the Social Service Group developed ideas for reading aloud to primary and special needs students in the village of Salem.

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03/23/2020
Intensive Debate About Right-Wing Extremism in Germany

Launch of Cooperation between Schule Schloss Salem and the “Stiftung 20. Juli 1944”: Participation in a Conference in Berlin.

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03/23/2020
IB Art Exhibition: Disrupted Venues Show True Resolve

“Fractured Unity“ was the prophetic title of the XXVII Annual IB Art exhibition that was inaugurated at Schloss Spetzgart after a week of extraordinary events.

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03/23/2020
Get to Know Salem – By Taking Our Virtual Tour

Fancy a spontaneous visit to Schule Schloss Salem? No problem. Experience our three campuses with aid of virtual reality and enjoy a glimpse into the daily routines of our boarding school students.

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02/07/2020
The Salem Salon: Five Exciting Evenings in the Anniversary Year

During its 100th anniversary year Schule Schloss Salem offers a programme of evening talks and discussions about education, politics and culture.

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02/07/2020
The Henning Winter Foundation Music Competition – Salem Plays Music

Students from all year groups presented pieces in front of an audience and jury during the two-day competition. Highlight of the event was the concert of the prize winners on Sunday evening.

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02/07/2020
Model United Nations in The Hague: Every Voice Matters

3000 young visionaries from 227 schools, including a group of Salem students, debated resolutions to solve problems in areas of international political, economic and social significance.

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02/07/2020
Skating fun on the Rentamt Adventure Day

All students of Years 5 and 6 took part on a special event. Zoe from China reports about how she learned ice-skating.

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02/07/2020
Introducing Ourselves: The Parents’ Council Supports the School

Parent representatives serve as a channel of communication, in both directions, between school and family. New elections are scheduled for this school year.

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02/07/2020
Monkeys, Dinosaurs and Mammals with Trunks: The Biology Courses Take a Field Trip

The biology classes of the upper school explored the evolution of life at Wilhelma Zoo and two museums in Stuttgart.

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11/29/2019
Salem 2020: The anniversary page on our website goes online

The countdown has begun! As of now you can find the latest information about events, concerts and exhibitions related to the 100th anniversary of Schule Schloss Salem on our website.

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11/29/2019
Germany’s Day of Repentance and Prayer at Schule Schloss Salem

On “Buß- und Bettag” students of all year groups, staff members and many guests took part in a run of nearly seven kilometres.

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11/29/2019
Getting to Know Schule Schloss Salem

Schule Schloss Salem will give presentations to interested families at seven information evenings and two educational fairs in cities around Germany.

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11/29/2019
30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Project Day with an Eyewitness

Our teacher Aik Reuter talked about his childhood and youth in East Germany, about being spied on by the state security service and about the building of the Berlin Wall.

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11/29/2019
Getting in Touch with Europe

The entire group of Year 10s took a field trip to the European Parliament.

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11/29/2019
United in Action

Students from nine schools discussed the issues of climate change at the Salem International College Youth Conference on Climate Change (SICYC).

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11/20/2019
Model United Nations of Munich Conference (MUNOM)

Model United Nations Conferences (MUNs) are business games in which participants slip into the role of delegates to the United Nations. Tim, a 12th grade student, reports on the conference in Munich.

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11/15/2019
Formal dinner on St. Martin's Day

Years 5 to 10 celebrated St. Martin's Day on 11 November 2019 with a formal dinner with a delicious Martin's goose in the festive dining room.

Boarding school director Stefan Steinebach gave an extraordinary speech.

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10/15/2019
Salem 2020 – 100 Years Future

Under the motto “100 Years Future“ Schule Schloss Salem will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Friday, 3 April 2020.

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10/15/2019
A Colourful Insight into India’s Culture

A Salem Delegation took Part in the Round Square International Conference in India. Here are some Students’ Impressions of The Pre-Tour.

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10/15/2019
Outdoor Excursions: Out of School, Into Adventure

From archery to glacier crossings: Years 5 to 10 undertook many different outdoor activities.

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10/15/2019
Integration of Our New Students Through Playful Activities

Students of all year groups participated in a stimulating programme of activities tostart off the new school year, getting to know the school and their fellow classmates better.

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10/15/2019
Duke Gold: Everyone Overcomes Their Limits

The final expedition of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award took students to the Black Forest and offered them one challenge after the other.

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10/11/2019
Students are being introduced to Genetic experiment at Novartis

Who am I? Discovering my genotype.

The IB Year 2 biology courses took a trip to Novartis, an internationally leading biological-medical company located in Basel. The groups went on two separate days, Wednesday and Friday. Since the busses each had a few free spaces, some of the German ABI year 2 students were able to join the trip.

 

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