Munich International School embraces the notion that ‘schooling’ encompasses more than the learning that takes place in classrooms.
We believe in a balanced education that provides students with many and varied opportunities to develop new skills and experiences beyond what they may take away from the academic programme. Our After School Activities, Arts and Athletics programmes are comprehensive.
We also understand that to achieve this excellence in a balanced education, we need the support of many. We value the contributions of the After School Activities Programme (ASA), MIS Foundation, Parent Teacher Organisation and Sportverein to the richness of our school community.
- After School Activities
- Co-curricular Arts
- Mother Tongue Programme
- House System
- After School Care
After School Activities
Complementing and enriching class work in arts, technology, strategic thinking and sports.
Munich International School offer students a diverse assortment of co-curricular activities that inspire participants to develop new skills, discover and nurture individual interests and talents and share intercultural perspectives while fostering new social networks and friendships.
The activities programme is essential to achieving the MIS Mission and provides a uniquely suitable path for intercultural communication, community and understanding. Learning through the co-curriculum is a valuable and enriching aspect of growing up, helping students to develop resilience, adaptability, self-confidence and a sense of identity. The co-curriculum also strengthens curriculum work. Students involved in the arts, clubs and sports are more likely to be recognised for academic excellence.
The programme operates across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, offering activities for every student on campus and varying according to the season and year. Faculty and staff, qualified parents and certified external instructors lead activities.
The activities programme has three areas:
The Arts programme includes theatre and music productions, choirs, bands, orchestras, private instrumental tuition, dance, drama, painting, drawing, ceramics, craft, design, film and photography. The performing arts - instrumental, choir, dance, drama and theatre activities - offer students the opportunity to participate in numerous performances hosted at MIS, as well as camps, events and festivals held in Bavaria and abroad. MIS is a member of ISTA (the International School Theater Association) and AMIS (the Association for Music in International School).
Clubs provide hands-on experience and nurture creative, critical and multi-dimensional thinking. Clubs include activities such as cooking, chess, speech & debate, Model United Nations, mandarin language, technology and coding. MIS is a member of NESDA (New European Speech and Debate Association), which provides students with the chance to participate in tournaments with other English-speaking European schools. The Model United Nations club participates in MUN conferences.
Non-Competitive Sports allow students to try a variety of sports and develop their skills in a welcoming and positive atmosphere. The programmes focus on individual development and growth, while cultivating concepts of good sportsmanship and team play. This is a great avenue to learn skills that can be used for a lifetime of play or taken to new levels through the MIS Athletics programme.
When travelling on overnight trips to take part in events, festivals, tournaments or concerts, MIS students are often housed by families of the host school. This is also expected from MIS families with children participating in programmes that require travel, as a reciprocal agreement between all participating schools.
It is recommended that families host two or more visitors at a time to make both families and their guests more at ease. We strive to make the hosting experience as positive as possible for host families and their guests.
Athletics competitive team sports program for Grades 3-12
The Athletics programme focuses on the School’s competitive teams that play against local clubs and other international schools. ‘Athletics’ includes football (soccer), volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and field, rugby, softball, swimming, cross-country, golf and skiing. Team sports are offered in three, ten-week sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring), with new schedules and information published on the MIS website prior to each session. Being fully integrated into the regional Bavarian sports system allows MIS to frequently compete on a local level against Bavarian teams. As a member of the SCIS and ISST sports organisations, the MIS athletic teams regularly attend and host high-level international school competitions in Europe throughout the year.
The role of athletics in a school setting goes far beyond the playing of games. The challenges of athletic competition complement the rigors of academics and encourage athletes to grow intellectually, socially, and physically. The MIS Athletics Department strives to provide a variety of opportunities to a large number of students, developing skills and sportsmanship while striving for excellence and fostering friendships.
Several sports fields, tennis courts, a fitness room and a well-equipped triple gymnasium on campus are available for trainings and competition. The teams travel to other international schools within Europe for weekend exchanges as well as for large championships like ISST (International Schools Sports Tournament) and SCIS (Sports Council of International Schools).
Certain teams participate weekly in local league games under the auspices of a school-sponsored sports club (Sportverein).
The Athletic Department is one of three distinct sports bodies within MIS. It is responsible for competitive interscholastic and local league teams at MIS. Our office is located on the ground floor of the gym building.
The Sportverein is the entity that supports the Athletic Department through fundraising and organising volunteer help as a type of Booster Club.
Theatre and music productions, choirs, bands, orchestras, private instrumental tuition, dance, drama, painting, drawing, ceramics, craft, design, film and photography.
Co-curricular performing arts - instrumental, choir, dance, drama and theatre activities - offer students the opportunity to participate in numerous performances hosted at MIS, as well as camps, events and festivals held in Bavaria and abroad. Co-curricular arts are a critical part of the MIS Mission, Nurture – Challenge – Inspire, and provide a uniquely suitable path for intercultural communication, community and understanding.
Theatre and music productions, choirs, bands, orchestras, private instrumental tuition, dance, drama, painting, drawing, ceramics, craft, design, film and photography make up the extracurricular arts program at MIS, as well as a number of national and international festivals and events. The program operates across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, varying according to the season and year. Arts activities are led by faculty and staff, qualified parents and certified external instructors, many with extensive experience at leading international arts institutions.
The Language A / Mother Tongue Programme is under the endorsement of the IBO and provides the opportunity for students to receive instruction in their mother tongue or best language. Mother Tongue teachers aim to develop and promote students’ language and literacy skills. Specifically, the Language A / Mother Tongue Programme is a liaison between parents, students, Mother Tongue teachers and the Language A / Mother Tongue co-ordinator, but the promotion of bilingualism and multilingualism can involve all members of the MIS community.
As the IBO states, gaining and maintaining proficiency in one’s mother tongue helps in the learning of other languages. It also provides students with a deeper understanding of inter-cultural awareness and engages students in the language, literature and culture of their home country.
Furthermore, maintaining the mother tongue facilitates students’ transitioning back into the school and society of their home country, should they return there. As proficiency in one’s mother tongue is an indicator for later academic success, students should begin studying their mother tongue as soon as possible based on each individual case. When students are transitioning from the IB Middle Years Programme to the IB Diploma Programme, they should know in which Language A course they will enrol, in order to complete the full IB Diploma.
As the IBO states, gaining and maintaining proficiency in one’s mother tongue helps in the learning of other languages.
The House System at MIS originated from the desire of students to have a greater sense of community, student leadership and school spirit within our daily school life. In the past three years, our community has experienced historical highs in enrolment in the Middle and Senior School. As our student population has grown, there has been growing desire to maintain the sense of community and belonging felt in the early years of MIS history. As such, the House System was built into the MIS Strategic Plan.
House identity is a critical component of a strong house system. The names of the houses provide a sense of identity and a source of pride. In order to ensure student voice in decision-making, the task of choosing the House names was given to the students, and a wide range of suggestions were put forth. The Six House names were chosen by students in the middle school in the Autumn 2018 term. The theme of the Houses is Mythical Creatures, which lends itself to both the medieval history of Bavaria and the international nature of our student body.
A major benefit of the House System at MIS is its’ ability to provide opportunities for student interaction across grade levels from Grade 6 to Grade 12. This promotes a sense of community and allows students to more easily integrate into school life. The vertical, family-like House structure increases the sense of belonging and self-belief in students.
The Mission and Philosophy for the House System clearly aligned with the Mission of the School.
Nurture collaboration and student leadership
Challenge students to work together across grade levels
Inspire community spirit and service
The House System addresses the importance of community in the lives of our students. A central tenet of the House System is student voice and empowerment. The House System provides opportunities for students to quickly integrate into school life, collaborate across grade levels, and lead initiatives that serve the community. We are six Houses, one MIS!