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We have a story to tell

There is one big creative task we are all faced with: we need to learn to tell the story of our lives, to discover in what direction we want to go, to give individual incidents cohesion and to communicate it to others in an enriching way. The stories on this page may not be representative but they show what great variety evolves from the Bavarian International School. One thing is certain: our alumni are actively moulding their futures. It is thrilling to hear their stories and to learn that they remember their schooldays with fondness and pride.

However, we also face new challenges. Students returning to BIS for a visit often find out that the place that meant home for them at an important stage of their lives is now inhabited by people they don't know. Social media may help to keep in touch, but real friendship and vibrant alumni relations depend on active encounters. A growing number alumni keep in touch at university and beyond and some even get married to an alumnus or and alumna! Furthermore, alumni speakers in assemblies also play an important role in inspiring the next generation of IB students. A BIS identity is being forget through reunions, black tie dinners and more informal meetings such as the Munich Stammtisch or the Alumni Football Team which stars at the annual Great Reunion at the beginning of the school year when they play the Haimhausen torpedoes. And they usually win!

Siegfried Joseph, Alumni Coordinator

Alumni News

Gioia Forster

From May I will be East Africa correspondent for the German news agency dpa in Nairobi. Before that I did a traineeship with the dpa in Berlin and lived in Jordan where I studied Arabic and worked freelance as a journalist. I got my bachelor's and master's degrees in the UK.

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Akash Shah

Herr Joseph, it's been too long and count me in for hosting our New York reunion! After growing up in the States, I

was at BIS from '98-99 (Classes 7 and 9) and then headed to the American School in Delhi. I went to Yale and studied political science and literature, and then joined a consulting firm called McKinsey & Company. I am now in my 11th year there (!) and am a partner in our global banking practice, working between New York and London. I spend a lot of time in the arts, which brings back many memories of our Schloss Haimhausen. Look forward to catching up soon.

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