Sternenschule is opening its doors for you. Come on in, and get to know us better.
|School authorities||History||Team and faculty||Forms||Our curriculum||WILUK||Gallery|
|Team and faculty|
On behalf of Sternenschule Duisburg we would like to welcome you to our homepage! Our team consists of teachers, child care workers, tutors as well as the in-house maintenance and administration staff and - of course - our students. Founded in 2012 and located in the south of Duisburg, Sternenschule is an independently operated, state-recognized private school and it is to this very date the first and only bilingual full-time primary school in and around the city of We offer a fully-integrated all-day concept, an international focus, small learning groups, state-of-the-art equipment, every day sports, movement, music and creativity.
Small classes of 15 to 20 students, an atmosphere of mutual respect as well as enough time due to the full-time concept are the groundwork on which we build our successful educational work. In addition to our broad general curriculum, Sternenschule Duisburg offers high-quality bilingual education (German/English) as the defining characteristic in comparison to public primary schools. All over Europe, bilingualism has evolved into the most successful means of learning new languages. On their way to a successful graduation after 4 school years, we take your children and their interests and talents very seriously. On top of the lessons, which are modelled after the curricula and teaching guidelines of North Rhine-Westphalia, we offer additional opportunities for your children to discover and nurture their passions. Individual tuition and after-school activities, for instance in the arts (i.e. school band or playing sports are a fixed part in our educational programme.)
On behalf of the team of Sternenschule Duisburg: Anja Johannknecht, Headmistress and Petra Ray, Head of organisation.
Sternenschule Duisburg is a state-recognized private school. This means that our school is operated conform to the educational guidelines and curricula of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and that our teaching staff meets a certain standard. Therefore, parents and students can always relocate to another German town within or outside of North Rhine-Westphalia, even if there are only public schools available, be it primary or secondary schools.
Sternenschule Duisburg has no obligation towards any political, religious or specific educational school of thought.
What prompts people to initiate a project such as Sternenschule? The original idea for our school arose from our ‘Zaubersterne’ kindergardens. When the first of those nurseries had been established in Duisburg, the question arose quickly: what would happen with the children afterwards? And, equally important, what about the pedagogical principles and values?
We imagined a place where learning and living would go hand in hand, where individuality and interests provide a high educational standard, instead of standardized systems that measure our children. To us, an international orientation, small study groups, state-of-the-art equipment and guaranteed lessons are a necessity.
But first and foremost, there was our strong wish for a consistent concept that would accompany our children from kindergarden age to graduation, based on equally high educational standards. By founding Sternenschule Duisburg, we have done a huge step towards that ultimate goal. The next step that has us reaching for the stars yet again is the foundation of a secondary school to complete our concept.
Team and faculty
Motivation is contagious! Our teaching staff is composed of enthusiastic educators who know exactly where the focus at Sternenschule Duisburg lies – on the children.
Our teachers see themselves as companions to the children in their educational process. They live and learn in a pleasant atmosphere of empathy and communication. Their passion is the key for the children to actually enjoy going to school. Our teachers and educational professionals are carefully selected and offer a high grade of educational competence and qualification. But it is just as important to us that their personality fits in with the rest of the team. Our educators are well versed with modern teaching methods and arrange their lessons due to German and international educational standards.
|Batey||Martin||Class teacher of the Eagle-class|
|Bransch||Simon||Subject teacher, class teacher Giraffe-class|
|Breuer||Marie||Student in primary education|
|Bruns||Nele||Student in primary education|
|Bui||My-Nhung||Teacher in primary education, class teacher of the Lynx-class|
|Clausing||Martina||Teacher in primary education, class teacher of the Kangaroo-class|
|Dempsey||Sue||Pedagogical staff (all-day school)|
|Giesen||Martina||Head of full-time organisation|
|Honnen||Severin||Marketing & CI|
|Johannknecht||Anja||Headmistress, class teacher of the Bear-class|
|Lange||Laura||Teacher in primary education, class teacher of the Fox-class|
|May||Susanne||Teacher in primary education|
|Merfeld-Hilgers||Michaela||Managing director BiSA|
|Poley||Uwe||Pedagogical staff (all-day school)|
|Ray||Petra||Head of organisation|
|Schlangen||Nicole||Educational therapist & instructor|
|Sikorski||Holger||Managing director BiSA|
|Stolle||Bernd||Music teacher schoolband|
|Thümmler||Jennifer||Pedagogical staff (swimming lessons)|
|Torres||Jenika||Pedagogical staff (all-day school)|
|Tsiasiotis||Saffron||Teacher in primary education, class teacher of the Lion-class|
|Völker||Andrea||Pedagogical staff (all-day school)|
|Volk||Julia||Subject teacher in music|
|Wähner||Stefanie||Pedagogical staff (all-day school)|
|Weigt||Janine||Teacher in primary education, class teacher of the Wolf-class|
|Wilmsen||Nico||Student in primary education|
… our forms in the school year of 2020/21:
|1st form||Giraffe-class||Mr. Bransch|
|1st form||Wolf-class||Mrs. Weigt|
|2nd form||Fox-class||Mrs. Lange|
|2nd form||Bear-class||Mrs. Johannknecht|
|3rd form||Lion-class||Mrs. Tsiasiotis|
|3th form||Kangaroo-class||Mrs. Clausing|
|4th form||Eagle-class||Mr. Batey|
|4th form||Lynx-class||Mrs. Bui|
The curricula of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia are mandatory for every school. But at the same time, we try to think outside the box and include internationally acclaimed curricular into our own. We teach our students to understand local connections, so that they will feel at home in our globalized world without forgetting about their roots. The bilingual lessons we offer in some subjects are a specific feature in our timetable.
The following subjects are taught in German only at Sternenschule Duisburg:
- Mathematics (1st and 2nd form)
- Religious education
- Special tuition
The following subjects are taught bilingually in German and English:
- General studies
- Mathematics (from 3rd form onward)
- Sports (including swimming)
English language lessons are offered as a separate subject 2 hours a week, in addition to the bilingual subjects and starting in the second half of the 1st form.
WILUK (Wir lernen uns kennen - Getting to know each other)
Programme supporting the transition from kindergarden to primary school
“Children experience demanding changes during the transition from early childhood programs to primary school […], research shows that children’s initial academic and social success at school can affect their long-term adjustment, achievement, and success.“
Lee S, Goh G: Early Childhood Research & Practice, 2012
As cited above, the transition from kindergarden to primary school is an important step for every child. Kindergarden and school are equally responsible for securing a continuous process of development and education for the children. By collaborating in every step of the way, all involved parties accept and cater to this responsibility. The collective educational task at hand is to perceive the children in their different stages of development, to support them wherever possible and to ensure that the transition from one stage to the next is formed into a bridge instead of a breach. To meet this challenge, Sternenschule Duisburg, in collaboration with the Zaubersterne kindergardens has developed the WILUK project, to provide a smooth access for all participants.
The following programme, which has already been realised successfully in the past two years, will be implemented again in the following year:
- A day of trial lessons at Sternenschule Duisburg (usually beginning directly after the Easter holiday).
The newly enrolled students are broken up into 2 or 3 groups (6 to 8 children maximum per group) and participate in the normal lessons along with the 1st form students.
- 8.30h, 1st period: school game (only the new students), to compile a profile of their abilities with regard to our school
- 9:15h: 2nd period: shared mathematics lesson / topic: Adventures in Numberland
- 10:00h: Breakfast, outdoors break on the schoolyard with rally around the school grounds
- 10:45h: 3rd period: joint bilingual general studies / topic: Research and experimenting, afterwards: shared lunch
- End of the trial lessons: 12:30h
- Trial afternoons at Sternenschule Duisburg (usually in June). On 4 weekdays in different weeks, the children have the opportunity of participating in the school’s afternoon programme along with the 1st form students (multiple students on the same day are permitted!). The afternoon programme usually takes place between 14:00h and 15.20h. Some examples from last year:
- Monday: early childhood musical education
- Wednesday: Arts/colour workshop
- Thursday: English indoor activities
- Friday: Sports adventures
The children have the chance to participate in the adventure and experimental educational offers, while the parents can reflect on the WILUK-days in a relaxed atmosphere. Cold drinks and a tasty BBQ are a great foundation for a functioning school community.