The German International School celebrates many traditions throughout the school year. Explore some of the traditions and photos of how we celebrate below.
To celebrate Oktoberfest, our Grade School choir has a musical performance.
Family, teachers and staff all gather - some dressed in traditional Bavarian garb - to support our choir.
On the first day of 1st grade there's a tradition in Germany aimed at easing first grade jitters. Kids receive a large, colorful cardboard cone called a Schultüte. Inside the Schultüten the children find little gifts, candy, and school supplies.
Fasching / Karneval
New Orleans has Mardi Gras. Venice has Carnevale. Germany has Fasching.At GIS we celebrate by dressing up, having a parade, watching a play put on by teachers, and indulging in a Krapfen doughnut.
St. Martin's Day
The Holiday Market is GIS's largest community event. The school is transformed into a Christkindlmarkt (German Holiday Market) for a weekend with vendors, food booths serving traditional German food and (hot spiced wine), live music and performances.
“The flags make my school special. I love that part. Have you seen them? We have SO MANY FLAGS!”
- GIS Student, Preschool