SIS believes that learning and development extend beyond the classroom. By offering multi-cultural activities in English and German, our students are encouraged to explore their natural talents, expand their creativity and enrich their understanding of other cultures. Our High School students participate in a wide variety of activities.
SIS strives to expose students to a variety of visual and performing art forms to instill an appreciation of the arts, cultivate skills, encourage original creative thought and foster public speaking skills. By participating in theatrical productions in English and German, our students improve their personal expression and develop self-esteem. It also gives them the opportunity to work on a team with set goals.
English Section :
All of our high school students can participate in our major theatrical production, the Play, as an actor, singer, musician or backstage crew member. Every year over 100 students prepare for two performances at a local theatre which attract the entire SIS community. A new play is written and directed every year by our dedicated teachers. This experience is unique considering the large number of cast members and teachers involved in all aspects of the production – script writing, rehearsals and performance. It is the opportunity to experience firsthand a wide scale theatrical event and to learn how to work with a wide range of age groups (8th grade and up).
German Section :
Die Bühne is the major theatrical production put on by the German section and involves students in both middle and high school. Every year a new play is written and directed by our dedicated teachers. This experience is unique considering the large number of cast members and teachers involved in all aspects of the production - script writing, rehearsals and performance. It is the opportunity to experience firsthand a wide scale theatrical event and to learn how to work with a wide range of age groups.
SIS offers students the opportunity to take school trips and participate in exchange programmes. In keeping with our commitment to cultural diversity and internationalism, SIS arranges a number of language and cultural exchanges and tours during the academic year. Students are also encouraged to participate in immersion programmes or exchanges during school holidays.
Students in Year 11 (10th grade) have the opportunity to participate in a 4 or 6 week exchange programme with our Partner schools in Australia. SIS students spend part of their summer holidays in Australia and the Australian exchange students come to France the following December. The programme allows both the French and Australian students to attend classes for part of their stay as well as an opportunity to discover a new country and culture during the school holidays with their host families.
Students in Year 12 (11th grade) in both sections have the opportunity to spend a week abroad before the Fall break. Several programmes are offered :
English Section :
German Section :
Revision Trip for the OIB finals :
English Section students in Year 13 (12th grade) spend a week outside Paris studying and preparing for their final exams in English Literature and History-Geography with their SIS teachers.
German Section Students in Year 13 (12th Grade) spend 4 days outside of Paris studying and preparing for their final exams in German Literature and History-Geography with their SIS teachers. This unique opportunity is also a team building opportunity. Students in Year 12 (11th grade) can spend 2 days with the group in order to start preparing for their finals by attending the oral exam session.
A large collection of fiction and nonfiction books in English and German as well as magazines are available to students in a designated area of the high school library. Students may borrow books or consult them at the library. A sizable collection of films is also on offer.
SIS participates in the Harvard Model Congress held in a European capital for 3 days each Spring. A group of 20 students in Years 11 and 12 (10th-11th grade) prepare for the Congress months in advance with their teachers by studying debate techniques and strategies in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.
At the beginning of July as soon as the official exam results are received, SIS hosts a Graduation Ceremony followed by a Senior Prom in the Anglo-saxon tradition. SIS teachers, students and their families celebrate the end of Secondary School with speeches, diplomas and a moving graduation ceremony. The Yearbook committee works hard to compile and publish a souvenir album full of photos, articles and creative writing extracts from the graduating class for the event. The Seniors then dance the night away at the Senior Prom.
SIS organizes a university fair for both international and national high school students mid-December. Over 100 alumni return to their former high school to answer questions about their current universitiy programmes in France and abroad. A wide range of schools are presented : preparatory classes, medical, engineering, business as well as universities in the UK, US and Canada.