Our school is a secondary school (Regonale Schule) named after Heinrich Heine, one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century.
We share our building with a primary school (Grundschule). While our school is for children aged 10 to 16 (Years 5 to 10), the primary school starts at the age of six, offering four years of basic education.
The Heinrich Heine School has 190 students and 20 teachers, a secretary, a caretaker and three cleaning ladies. The school is led by the Headmistress, Mrs. Schönberg, supported by our Assistant Headmistress, Mrs. Schult.
We have 27 classrooms in our school, including an Art room, Physics and Science room, a Computer Lab, a staff-room and a spacious kitchen. We have got a special room, where students can do their homework after school or spend their free periods and a number of smaller rooms (each containing a variety of books on a range of subjects), where teachers and students alike can work. Here, we also offer additional lessons, where pupils can receive extra support from their teachers to help them with their studies.
All of our classrooms are well equipped with overhead projectors, DVD or video players, TVs and interactive smart boards. Calendars, posters, pictures and plants make our classrooms bright and cheerful. Outside, we have a gym, a race track and other outdoor facilities, including an outdoor classroom for in the summer! All of our important school events are held in our Main Hall, which seats 150 people and contains modern stage equipment. Our music lessons also take place in this Main Hall. Adjoining the Main Hall is our cafeteria, where pupils and staff can buy and eat their lunch.
Our school has both compulsory and optional subjects. The compulsory subjects are: German, English, Math, P.E, Art, all Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) Geography, Music, Technology and History. Our optional subjects take place in the afternoon and all pupils must take part in at least 2 subjects a week. These are our extra-curricular after-school clubs. Our optional subjects are: Russian, the History Project, Ship Modeling, Video Production, Cooking Club, English E-pals and various sports, including Football and Volleyball. Through the English E-pals (E-mailing) Club, our students have already established partnerships with schools in Poland and Russia and are constantly searching for new partnerships with other schools across the world.