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Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre swamp the auditorium with sea monkeys – and pure fun


An absolute highlight was waiting for a group of ESRM-students on the last day before the May holidays. Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre were all dressed up in amazing costumes when they came to present their book “Oliver and the Seawigs”. They did not only introduce their characters, setting and plot to our students, they brought their story to life and captured their audience.


Aside of the great excitement, there were a few students who seemed a bit nervous. But it did not take long until the last student had overcome his shyness and joined in this interactive and outstanding event. They were asked for the one food they would take to space when our guests were talking about their book “Cakes in Space”, they listened to the sound of science when witnessing how the “Norm-O-Tron” (a scientific machine) works and under the guidance of Sarah McIntyre they all drew and named their own sea monkey and sang along the “Cakes in Space” song with Sarah and Philip. But besides all this our guests also shared their wisdom on writing and illustrating.

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The students expressed that they enjoyed “the things they did”, “listening to the poem” and they “really liked how they made us sing and draw the illustration” and “the teaching of the sea monkey”. There were many questions and we could have perfectly spent an extra hour.


Thank you Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre for this unique event, for patiently signing books and sea monkey pictures, for answering any questions that were raised while waiting for your autographs, for the little chats with our students and for not stopping until the last student in line has had the chance to meet you!










… and thank you Sarah, for giving hope to one of the librarians when you said that you were not born with a supernatural drawing talent and that practice was part of successful drawing and illustrating.



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An adventure for the youngest

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On 24 February our youngest students were up for a big adventure: At first there was the exciting trip to the secondary building followed by the theater play about the Gruffalo. Everything was just like it is in a big theater. Our pre-primary students lined up at the entrance waiting to be granted admission and once they had entered the auditorium their teachers made sure everyone felt comfortable despite of the comparably big chairs.

After a perfectly understandable and entertaining introduction of the basic rules – no drinking or eating, no talking, no cell phones … – the show was about to begin. It wasn’t long before the young audience was captivated by the performance of the actors Maike Jansen and Stefan Ferencz from “pohyb’s und konsorten”. The children helped with suggestions when the mouse was struggling to describe the Gruffalo, they repeatedly burst out in laughter and at the end every single one of the three pre-primary classes had the chance to take a picture with the Gruffalo and the mouse.

After the show there were comments such as “I like the Gruffalo because he was scary”, “I like the fox because he scared the mouse”, ” I like the Gruffalo because it was funny”, “he was brown and had spikes all over his back”, unique pictures were drawn and every now and then the mouse’s sound “Shoobie-dee-doob-dee, shoobie-dee, … ” was to be heard in the pre-primary hallway.


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Am 24. Februar erwartete unsere Vorschulklassen ein großes Abenteuer: Zunächst begaben sie sich auf die aufregende Reise ins Sekundargebäude, um sich das Theaterstück über die Abenteuer des Grüffelo anzuschauen. Alles war ganz so, wie es in einem großen Theater ist. Unsere Vorschüler warteten am Eingang in einer Reihe auf den Einlass und nach dem Betreten der Aula stellten ihre Lehrerinnen sicher, dass sich alle trotz der vergleichsweise großen Stühle wohl fühlten.

Nach einer kindgerechten und unterhaltsamen Einführung zu den allgemeinen Regeln – kein Essen oder Trinken, nicht sprechen während der Vorstellung, keine Handys … – begann die Vorstellung. Es dauerte nicht lange, bis die jungen Zuschauer gefesselt waren von der Darbietung der Künstler Maike Jansen und Stefan Ferencz von “pohyb’s und konsorten”. Die Kinder halfen der Maus, als diese Schwierigkeiten mit der Beschreibung des Grüffelos zu haben schien, immer wieder brach schallendes Gelächter aus und am Ende wurde für jede der drei Vorschulklassen ein Erinnerungsfoto mit dem Grüffelo und der Maus aufgenommen.

Nach der Aufführung gab es Äußerungen wie “Ich mag den Grüffelo, weil er gruselig war”, “Ich mag den Fuchs, weil er die Maus erschreckt hat”, “Ich mag den Grüffelo weil er witzig war”, “er war braun und hatte über dem ganzen Rücken Stacheln”, einzigartige Bilder wurden gemalt und hier und da war das “Schubi-di-dubdi, schubi-di …” der Maus auf den Gängen der Vorschule zu vernehmen.


FNP 25.02.2015

FNP 25.02.2015



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“We all have stories to tell”

Dave Cousins most certainly knows how to tell stories; and he brings them to life!

Picture a grown up standing in front of a group of 12 to 14 year-old students telling them about his life and what he does for living: Boring – poor guy – a disaster.

Now this is how it looks when Dave Cousins tells his story of what he wanted to be and what he did before he became an award winning author.


He naturally connected with his audience and caught our students’ attention and interest from the very beginning. But aside of performing two of his books “15 Days without a Head” & “Waiting for Gonzo” and giving a good laugh he also shared some advise on how to write:

  • Just do it
  • Try and write every day
  • You can find ideas for stories in every-day-life, you just have to pick it up
  • A story starts with a story and asking question


And the most important thing of being a writer: Do it for love not for money!

... and  we gained the impression that this is exactly what Dave does …



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Trouble in the European School RheinMain


It was a travel back in time and it wasn’t long before our P3E and P4E students set off to their adventure. Guest author S.P. Moss provided the required background information on the 1950’s and within the blink of an eye our students found themselves right in the middle of the adventure of “Trouble in Teutonia”.

Everyone enjoyed the acting and at the end there was still some time left for questions. Our students were interested in finding out more about becoming and being an author, what inspired S.P. Moss to write her stories and wanted to know a little more about her other book “The Bother in Burmeon”. But of course our students were also curious about “the person behind the author” and asked Susan not only about her favourite authors and reads but also for her favourite soccer team.










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Readings – Lesungen

Again our students will have the chance to meet interesting authors this year:Image

Unsere Schüler werden auch in diesem Jahr wieder die Gelegenheit haben, interessanten Autoren zu begegnen:

  • 09.10.2013     Petra Schwarz: Schwanengrab (S4DEA+S4DEB)
  • 10.10.2013     Holly Jane Rahlens (Primary, English)
  • 11.10.2013     Sarah Mass: Throne of Glass (S4+S5 EN)
  • Mai 2014        Ursula Poznanski
  • 18.02.2014     Jürgen Seidel: Das Paradies der Täter (History)

This is only a beginning (-:

Das ist nur ein Anfang (-:

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