Current school projects:

A vehicle for the fire department

Students at Schule Schloss Salem complete one of many services offered as part of their holistic education beginning in the ninth grade. The oldest of these services is the fire department. This year it celebrates its 75th anniversary.

In the fire department, students learn the basics such as knot tying, vehicle and equipment knowledge, fire fighting, self-rescue and rescue. Since 1986, the fire department has been accompanied by a portable fire pump vehicle. After 36 years, the TSF is now in need of maintenance and repair and hardly meets today's requirements. Therefore, we would like to purchase a new vehicle with your support in order to enable further generations of students to train in the fire department and to continue to spark enthusiasm for the fire department. You can find the project outline here.

Current Donation Level

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Donation account

Commerzbank AG, Essen
IBAN: DE42 3608 0080 0404 0764 01

Contact person
Gesa Meyer-Wiefhausen | Leitung Stabsabteilungen, Leitung Kommunikation, Fundraising, Stipendien

Gesa Meyer-Wiefhausen
Chief of Staff
Head of Marketing, Fundraising, Scholarships

Tel.: + 49 7553 919 - 371
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Janina Tritschler
Marketing, Fundraising, Scholarship Coordination

Tel.: + 49 7553 919 - 306
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Research ship ALDEBARAN

The ALDEBARAN is a research ship for marine and water research. It is suitable for shallow and coastal waters due to her draught of just under one metre and sails in an almost climate-neutral manner. Once a year the research area of the ALDEBARAN is Lake Constance for a few months. The ALDEBARAN offers school students the opportunity to explore habitats and organisms in Lake Constance on day expeditions, to carry out scientific investigations in the fields of biology and technology in a practical manner and to discuss topics such as: Microplastic contamination, sediment analysis, plankton and algae and to learn and do research on their own.

The project is supported by Deutschen Meeresstiftung

A detailed review of this year's digital project week can be found here
The project outline with all the details is available here.

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Current student project:

A Steinway for Härlen

In this music project, students collect donations for a Steinway concert grand piano and the restoration of older instruments.

100 years of Salem, or in other words: 100 years of responsible education of young people who are supported in all their talents.

But how could the Salem students be given additional support?

A group of students thought about this. So the project "A Steinway for Härlen" was created at the beginning of this school year by a student initiative. The goal is to create new and better opportunities for students to develop musically through fundraising, in the spirit of "Plus est en vous".

In order to realize our dream, we need external support as a pure student project! Support us in our project and immortalize yourself with one of the instruments.

Support us by transferring money to the above account with the purpose "A Steinway for the Härlen". You can choose between several donation options, from donating a free amount to sponsoring the restoration of an entire instrument.

Contact person student project

Yannick Martin
Responsible person Steinway & Sons Project

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Our completed projects

The Salem Schrote – Artisan Guilds, Classes & Events

After more than 300 years, the time had come: for the first time, a building was rebuilt in Salem Castle. In the fall of 2017, the former grain sheds on the west wall were demolished. The new Salem Schrote now offers students from grades 5 to 10 a variety of design options:

  • a large guild center with workshops for wood, metal and clay in the basement.
  • a modern learning center for grades 7 and 8 on the first floor
  • a 350-seat auditorium for joint events, school assemblies, theater, cabaret and celebrations on the top floor

The construction was released in December 2019. Since January 2020, classes, guilds and events have been held in the new Schrote. The first school assembly in the new premises was held on January 10, 2020.

Funding & Information

The construction of the new Schrote cost about 5.8 million euros. The project was financed by Schule Schloss Salem gGmbH and the Trägerverein Schule Schloss Salem e.V. The Beck'sche Stiftung Berlin supported the expansion of the Guild Center with 300,000 euros.

The equipment and technology of the auditorium amounting to 225,000 euros were financed by fundraising measures.

The generous accumulation of reserves by Friends of Salem e.V. accounted for more than half of the donations required.

Sports Field

After years of intensive planning and preparation and due to numerous donations and the support of "Friends of Salem Association" , the school is undertaking a thorough renovation of its outdoor facilities at Salem Castle.

 The new outdoor sports' facilities will include

  • a natural grass surface for field hockey and other ball sports 
  • a basketball court
  • a hockey field with artificial turf
  • various running tracks
  • a high-jump, a long-jump and other training areas.

All-School Sports Night

The Official Opening of the sports ground took place on the 14 of July. The students competed in mixed-year teams in hockey, soccer, beachvolleyball and basketball.

Good deeds throught art

In order to produce his unique night shots, the artist JanLeonardo wandered around Schule Schloss Salem in complete darkness between the 9th and 12th of February, armed only with a flashlight and a camera. The project titled Night Views will help support our school's scholarship program.

Nighttime Dancing through Historical Rooms

As it slowly became quieter throughout the school, the students having gone to bed and the lights been turned off, work was just beginning for the Bremen artist JanLeonardo and his assistant AnnaLeonarda. As soon as it was completely dark, the artist began to move through a room with his flashlight, following a distinct choreography in order to orchestrate the image piece by piece. Depending upon the size and richness of detail in a given room, it took him up to 15 minutes for a shot. To arrange a single photograph perfectly, it usually takes several hours, if not the entire night.

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Students Acted as Background Extras

Initiator of this art action was the alumnus and gallery owner Curtis Briggs, who set up the cooperative venture between the artist and Schule Schloss Salem. Creation of these very special photographs was made possible thanks to the students of the photography guild, the dedication of its leader, Christiane Hauser, collaboration with the custodian team, the management team boarding middle school Salem, and Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten. The unique images came about through the support of some students who acted as background extras. A limited edition of the artist's work was on exhibit on Whit Saturday, June 3, during the alumni gathering of the Altsalemer Vereinigung (ASV); also available for sale, the photographs provide a special way of remembering former school days. The proceeds from the sales will go to the scholarship fund of the school's Kurt Hahn Foundation.

Projects: Good Deeds Throught Art (Kreuzgang Schloss Salem)


Project: Doing good with art (Prayer room Schloss Salem)