School Life and Times

IBIS School Life and Times

It’s a busy day packed with purposeful activity for all our pupils, from the youngest to the oldest. A wide variety of activities is open to the children both during and after the normal school day.

The school is well known for its musical productions throughout the year and every week there is a musical or class assembly for the whole school. Parents and friends are always welcome to come along (at the risk of having to participate!). Visitors are also welcome to attend. These performances also give an insight into the atmosphere of the school.

School Year

The school year begins in late August or early September and is divided into three terms:

  • 1. Autumn Term: August/September – December
  • 2. Spring Term: January – March/April
  • 3. Summer Term: April – June/July

The major holidays include Christmas and Easter and there is usually a one-week holiday halfway through each term (half-term break). Local German public holidays and most local school holidays are observed. This gives a school year of approximately 36 weeks or 180 days.

School Hours

In our Kindergarten and Reception classes, day begins at 8:40 and ends at 15:00, or at 12:00 for a half day place in Kindergarten.

School for classes from Year 1 to Year 6 takes place from Monday to Friday from 8:40 until 15:20. Years 7 and 8 begin their day at 8:30 and finish at 15:20.

Lunch and breaks are staggered to allow everyone a chance to eat and play calmly. Lunch starts from 12:00 and lasts till 13:10. Pupils can take advantage of our Hot Lunch Programme or bring their own packed lunch.

Children can arrive at school from 8:00 and attend the pre-school supervision or at 8:30 by which time there is an adult supervising the playground. At 15:30 any child who has not been collected waits for his/her parents in the reception area of the school office. We also offer an after-school supervision from Monday - Thursday until 17:00 where the children can participate in craft activities, do their homework or simply socialise with other pupils.

If pupils are attending an extra-curricular activity or club, they are picked up as soon as it is over.


Get In Touch

I.B.I.S. Independent Bonn International School

  • Tulpenbaumweg 42
  • D-53177 Bonn
  • Telephone: +49 (0) 228 323166
  • Email:

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