“The cultural interchange at GIST helped me immensely when I moved into two senior schools that attracted students from around the world.”
I attended GIST from 2007 when my family and I moved from Sydney to Toronto. My education in fact started, at just three years of age, at the German International School in my Australian hometown so I found the transition to GIST smooth and comfortable. My educational journey then continued at Branksome Hall in Toronto and Marymount International School in London where I obtained a bilingual IB two years ago. I am now studying a master’s degree in pharmacology at a leading British university and am about to start a practical year with a research company in Belgium.
The German School International Toronto and German Schools Abroad, in general, have shaped my personal and educational success in many ways. First and foremost, they of course allowed me to grow up truly bilingual with a strong
knowledge of French, a feat that would not have been possible at other schools in Australia or Canada. Secondly, the cultural interchange at GIST helped me immensely when I moved into two senior schools that attracted students from around the world, several of whom I call close friends. Thirdly, the small class size at the GIST meant more personalised tuition, which I believe gave me a head start advantage when I moved to schools with far larger class sizes and rigorous academic programs. Not to be forgotten of course is the quest for knowledge that the GIST teachers inspired in me. They first nurtured my love of science which carries me through to this day – no doubt much to the surprise of some of my former teachers!
My name is Laura Ernst and I was born in Berlin in 2000. I attended the GIST from 2011 to 2015. When I think back to my time at the GIST, happy memories keep coming back. After Grade 9, I moved on to Branksome Hall, a Canadian IB school.
I’m Amelie Ernst and I was born in Berlin in 2003. I was a student at the GIST from 2011 to 2016. Even though the class size in my last year at GIST was rather small, we had tons of fun learning together. My fellow students and I became great friends over many years. Last summer I moved on to Branksome Hall for Grade 8. The transition from GIST to Branksome was very easy. I hope to find there friends as good as those I had during my time at GIST.