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No school can work if parents and teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children's best interests.

Dorothy H Cohen

BIS parents are enthusiastic, supportive and important to the success of our students and the future of our school. Our parents are an invaluable community resource. Parents lead the school as elected members of our Board of Trustees and enrich campus life by serving with the Parent Volunteers organization, as part of the Welcome Family Program, as room parents or event coordinators. Our parents are encouraged to be active members of our school community by volunteering in classrooms, on trips, in the Media Centre and with extracurricular activities as well as by attending assemblies, arts and sports events.

Parents within the school community also organize activities specifically for other parents. Groups and activities vary from year to year and recently included English classes, German classes, a knitting group, a running group, visits to local museums and historical sites, zumba and art classes.

Some long-standing activities include:


International Voices is a community choir made up from parents and staff from Bonn International school and members of the International Catholic Chaplaincy of Bonn. The choir has enriched BIS life since 2010 when it began with a few dedicated musicians. Last year, more than sixty members raised their voices together in song. The choir performs at many school events as well as at locations in and around Bonn, including local Christmas markets. 

International Voices is a non-auditioned, mixed choir. Most members do not read music or have any previous choral experience. Everyone is welcome and the emphasis is on enjoyment and community spirit.

For more information, please email the Director, Tanya Talbot


International Voices Choir Bonn - parents, staff and students


English Lessons

For parents who are not native English speakers and would like to improve their skills, English lessons organized by our Parent Volunteers may be the answer. Our teachers are parents who are native English speakers and volunteer their time. If you would like to join the group to learn or consider volunteering your language skills, please contact the Development Office so that you can be put in touch with the coordinators.

Badminton, Basketball, Fitness & Yoga

The badminton, basketball, fitness and yoga groups at BIS are organized by our BIS Sportverein. They meet on weekday evenings in the BIS Sports Halls and welcome parents of all abilities; students are also welcome if playing with parents. Please email the BISSV Office with any questions or queries.

Running, Walking & Hiking

Parents interested in joining a running or hiking group can always find other parents who share this interest. Whether you have never run before but wish to begin, or are a seasoned veteran, there is bound to be someone to buddy up with.

You will also find people who walk for fitness or simply the pleasure of the outdoors. If you have any questions or wish to be part of these groups, please email the Development Office.

Bonn International School parents running and walking group