Information (06/03/2017)
Dear SSJ-Parents 
Today the school was informed by the Ministry of Education in Ramallah that all public and private schools are closed on Wednesday, 8 March, due to the International Women's Day.
We had actually planned several activities together with the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) for that day as well as a Career Counselling Fair for classes 11 and 12 with representatives of nine local universities. Unfortunately we have to cancel these activities - we apologise for the inconvenience.
Best regards
Dirk Poppendieker
Interim Head of School
Information (26/02/2017)
A radio feature from a German public radio station about the difficult way to school for some of our students (feature is in German). 


Information (06/02/2017)


Dear SSJ-Parents 

On Wednesday, 8 February, the waiting room and the After-School-Activities have to be cancelled. Due to a Mary-Ward celebration, the school cannot offer supervision after 2pm on that day.

From tomorrow on, the students of 12B sit their Abitur exams in German, Arabic and Maths - we wish them all the best!

Best regards

Dirk Poppendieker

Interim Head of School



Information (29/01/2017)



Dear SSJ-Parents

Due to ongoing repairs at the heating system of Schmidt-Schule and Paulushaus, we cannot ensure that classrooms are heated tomorrow morning. Administration and Board have thus decided to keep the school closed  tomorrow, Monday, 30 January.

We ask for apologies caused by the present situation.

Best regards

Dirk Poppendieker

Interim Head of School

Information (18/01/2017)
Swimming Activity

At the YMCA

Accompanied by Ms.Jacqueline

Monday or Tuesday

Starting 06/02/2017

From 2:00-3:30


If the activity does not meet the

minimum number of participants of 10 people

within the next week 31/01/2017 the activity will be canceled.

Grab your friends and

sign up early!

Payment of 450 NIS at Ms.Mary’s desk

Thank you!

Information (12/01/2017)
Information (19/12/2016)


Dear SSJ-Parents


As we move into our last week of school before the Christmas holidays, here is our last newsletter in 2016:


  • On Wednesday, 21 December, After School Activities - including the Waiting Room - have to be cancelled. Students have to leave the school premises by 2pm, as there will be no staff on duty after 2pm!


  • Our last day of school is Thursday, 22 December. We have an early release at 12:05. School starts again on Monday, 9 January 2017.


  • Our last weeks have been packed with extra-curricular activities: three concerts of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, an Elementary School concert at Notre Dame, excursions to different museums, traffic education with the Jerusalem municipality, fundraising for cancer patients at Auguste Victoria and Al Makassed Hospital and for an orphanage in Bethlehem, football tournaments in Bethlehem and Ramallah, etc.


  • On Tuesday morning well-known German musician Detlev Jöcker will visit our school and meet our younger students.


  • Thank you to all parents of the Schmidt's community for your dedication, support and encouragement this year as we partner together in the education of our students - we at Schmidt's are honoured to be entrusted with your daughters!


  • Last not least: Thank you to our maintenance team, the kiosk team, our volunteers Ada, Annika and Alex, administration, and all my colleagues at Schmidt's - with your hard work, creativity and stamina, your patience and joy you are creating the positive and safe environment our students appreciate to have!


For those of you who celebrate with us this special time of the year: I wish you a blessed Christmas time with the concluding words of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Weihnachtsoratorium":


Seid froh dieweil,
Dass euer Heil
Ist hie ein Gott und auch ein Mensch geboren,
Der, welcher ist
Der Herr und Christ
In Davids Stadt, von vielen auserkoren.

Have a peaceful and refreshing end of the year 2016 - God bless!

Dirk Poppendieker
Interim Head of School


Bach's Christmas Oratorio, performed by orchestra and choir,
including Schmidt's girls, in Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem.


Christmas song, click here for the video



Information (29/11/2016)
Dear SSJ-Parents
Johann Sebastian Bach's "Weihnachtsoratorium" is a landmark of German and European music art. The performance of this classical Christmas oratorio in Jerusalem and Bethlehem is definitely a highlight in our school's calendar at the end of this year.
The Schmidt-Schule choir performs together with singers from Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Germany, accompanied by the famous German Belvedere Music Orchestra Weimar - at three different amazing locations from 8-10 December! Click here for more information and enjoy this superb event, sponsored by the German Embassy.
Our Primary School choir also performs at the traditional annual Christmas concert of the Jerusalem private schools on Friday, 2 December, at 4 pm in Notre Dame.
Just a few days earlier, on Wednesday, 30 November, the Oslo Philharmonic Chorus from Norway visits our school for a short concert and an afternoon workshop for interested students and teachers.
A few weeks ago our Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) organised a career counselling test for our upper grades students - thank you for this helpful orientation on future career planning for our Schmidt's girls!
On Saturday, 3 December at 3:30 pm, we invite students from grades 11 and 12 and their parents to an information meeting: "Studying in Germany - What do I have to know and how does it work?" Our speaker is from the German DAAD office in Jerusalem and is specialised in student counselling for German universities.
Stay in contact with the Schmidt's community.
And for those of you who celebrate this season: We wish you a blessed Advent!
Warm regards
Dirk Poppendieker
Interim Head of School


Information (29/10/2016)



Dear SSJ-Parents


Beginning from next week, class teachers will contact you by phone or email, informing you about your daughter's strengths and challenges this term. Please, do not hesitate to contact subject teachers and arrange to meet them in their office hours for further consultations.
I do encourage you to work closely together with my colleagues to fuel and enhance your daughter's performance at Schmidt's.

On 5 November, students from grade 10-12 are offered an assessment test on career counselling.

Our Festival of Lanterns is scheduled for 12 November, 5pm here in our school. All students from grade 1-4, the children from St. Charles kindergarten, and all their families are warmly invited.

For all those who really want to boost their German language skills: The Goethe Institut Germany offers intensive language courses for teens during the summer vacations in Germany. If this sounds interesting to you, you find more information in Arabic here, and in English here.

Finally: The local (and German) daylight saving time ends on 30 October: In the night between Saturday and Sunday clocks are set one hour back.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students (and colleagues) on Monday morning refreshed after a good weekend's sleep.

Warm regards
Dirk Poppendieker

Interim Head of School


Information (17/10/2016)
The SSJ community takes part in a joint "Pink October Project" - together with the Rosary School and St. Joseph School. We want to increase awareness of the dangers of breast cancer:


Information (11/10/2016)



Dear SSJ-Parents


As already mentioned in our last meetings of parents and class teachers, be informed that our Parent-Student Handbook with a lot of practical information is online.
Check the School Newsletter for more information and access.

Be reminded that our school is off on Wednesday due to road closures on Yom Kippur. We will have an early release on Tuesday at 12.05 pm to assure that all students can return back home in due time.

Warm regards


Dirk Poppendieker


Interim Head of School


Information (29/09/2016)


Dear SSJ-Parents

We have been informed that due to the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, many international leaders are coming to give their condolences in Jerusalem on Thursday and Friday. There are road closures, heavy traffic and special security measures. It is recommended to avoid Route 1 and Western Jerusalem for today and tomorrow.

Last Saturday, SSJ parents elected 
representatives. Those classes, which do not have such representatives yet, will be informed by the class teacher: Parents can then volunteer to represent their class.
All parents' representatives will then vote for a Parents Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC regularly discusses interests of the school community with the Head of School.

On Wednesday, 5 October, the Waiting-room has to be cancelled.

Last but not least: Monday, 3 October, is a regular schoolday at SSJ.

Best regards
Dirk Poppendieker

Interim Head of School




Information (21/09/2016)
Dear SSJ-Parents,
Please, note that we invite all parents to meet the class teacher (grades 1-12) on Saturday, 24 Sep, from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in their daughter's class room. This is an excellent opportunity to meet (new) teachers, get informed about the development of your daughter's class - and maybe even participate actively in our parents advisory committee (PAC) as a class representative.
On Sunday, 25 September, we welcome a group of students and teachers from our exchange school in Köln (Cologne): 18 German girls will stay with the Palestinian host families of our 10th graders, exploring Jerusalem, Palestine and its unique culture. Thank you to all who are involved in this exciting project!
We are proud to offer our Schmidt's girls different exchange programmes to Germany: Freiburg/Black Forest in Southern Germany, or Köln on the Rhine river (grade 9/10), and Mainz/Berlin (grade 11/12). The last programme focuses on studying in Germany and on Berlin as the political, historical and cultural hub of Germany and Europe.
Through these programmes our students practise and enhance not only their German language skills, but also gain first-hand insights into the German way of life. That is why we esteem our cross-cultural programmes as a landmark of "a Schmidt's education" for your daughter!
Best regards
Dirk Poppendieker


Interim Head of School







Information (28/08/2016)



Dear SSJ-Parents,



Do you still remember your first day at school and how you felt?

What a thrill it was today for our 56 new Schmidt's girls from grade 1A and 1B - accompanied by their parents and relatives - to be welcomed in our school by their class teachers, Ms Daisy and Ms Hanan, and our new Head of Elementary School, Ms Janna!
We wish them a great start and God's blessings - and we are honored to be part of their school education and career in the coming months and years!

We hope they will make friends soon, explore curiously their new environment, and adapt well to school life.

And we welcome the new parents, who entrust their daughter(s) to Schmidt's,  into our school community.
Also new, but a bit older, are our three volunteers who arrived the other day from Germany. They support our students this school year in various fields, like day trips, language learning, activities, administration, etc.

Best regards
Dirk Poppendieker

Interim Head of School




Information (28/08/2016)

Dear SSJ-Parents,


The students are settling in well and we are enjoying seeing their smiling faces, having our rooms filled again with noise and life each morning!

We are off to a great start and we want to thank you for partnering with us in the education of your daughter.
As mentioned before the first payment of the tuition (2000 nis )  and paying  for the books will be on Tuesday 16 , Wednesday 17 , Thursday 18 andNext Tuesday we have the honour to welcome 54 new Schmidt’s girls! The first day of our new students of classes 1A and 1B is a real annual highlight for us!
In our assembly this morning we informed students about new regulations and introduced our new colleagues to them. We warmly welcome:
  • Dana Doleh (English)
  • Nadine Shahine (Music)
  • Norma Gharfeh (Arabic)
  • Janna Grewer-Willwoll (Head of Elementary School)
  • Martina Kölsch (German)
  • Ursula Krieger (English, History, German)
  • Dr Wolf Knauber (Biology, Chemistry)
  • Murat Bannoura (P.E.)
  • Damaris Poppendieker (German, Music)
We look forward to a great year ahead.
Best regards
Dirk Poppendieker
Interim Head of School SSJ
Information (14/08/2016
Dear parents and students of Schmidt-Schule
As mentioned before the first payment of the tuition (2000 nis )  and paying  for the books will be on Tuesday 16 , Wednesday 17 , Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 of August from 8 am till 2 pm .   Furthermore the booklists for Elementary School, Tajihi and Abitur can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate name.


Information (23/06/2016)



Dear parents and students of Schmidt-Schule,

please see below the school fees (tuition) for the coming academic school year. 


School fees :

grade 1-2:                    6700 NIS

grade 3-4:                    6800 NIS

grade 5-6:                    6900 NIS

grade 7-9:                    7100 NIS

grade 10-12:                7300 NIS


(Please note: All school fees are including the registration fee of 200 NIS)



School fee reduction for siblings at Schmidt’


For the 2nd child: 5 %

For the 3rd child: 10 %

For the 4th child: 15 %

For the 5th child: 20 %

For the 6th child: 30%


First payment: 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th of August 2016 from 8am till 2pm: 2000 NIS 


Second payment until: 30.11. 2016: 2000 NIS


Third payment until: 28.02.2017: final payments for the school year 2016/17


Please note: Do your registration fee for the school year 2017/18 until 31. 05.2017







Information (11/10/2016)


Dear SSJ-Parents

Information (19/12/2016)