H.I.S. MAD Nights 2019

Watch MYP students perform their version of “The Curious Incident” and walk through the MYP Visual Art Exhibtion. We will have two evenings of “MAD” performances next week.

Human Rights Project

When adopted on December 10th, 1948, the UN proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.” (UN, http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ ) We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate 70 years since this declaration as well as reflect, sadly, on the distance humanity still has to go to realize these declarations in all parts of the world.

The Interkulturelle Zentrum, Heidelberg started an initiative for schools in Heidelberg to apply for a financial support to realize an exhibition with the topic “School for Human Rights/ 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” during the International Weeks Against Racism (11th until the 24th of March, 2019). H.I.S. sent in a proposal as many MYP teachers saw a great opportunity to imbed this topic in the curriculum after the winter break. 

At the end of January, if successful, the proposal will see H.I.S. as one of three HD schools involved in the IZ exhibition about human rights and we will hold a public open evening on Monday, the 11th of March at 7 pm (first day after March break). If not successful, we will run our own exhibition for the community on the same date.

We are very excited about this whole project and will keep you informed about the hopefully positive news from the IZ Heidelberg. For now: Save the date of the opening!

text: BK, HP

MYP Firebowl Trip

On the last the day before the Winter Break, the MYP had a fun outing to Firebowl. Here are some photos and comments from the students.

Firebowl was a good experience and we enjoyed bonding with friends and bowling! – Nasya

I think the trip went pretty well. Also, I think it was a nice last day of school of 2018. – Joanne 

I really enjoyed the Firebowl trip. I feel like it was a chance to get to know people better and to just have fun. – May

I had fun on the Firebowl trip because I got to hang out with my friends and we had a bit more freedom. A lot of good memories were made. – Mabel

I enjoyed Firebowl; every minute. The atmosphere was fun and I had fun with my friends before the break. – Amir Gr6

It was fun because everybody did it. – Ichi

I liked the fact that it was the whole MYP because I have older friends so I could also hang out with them. –Lilly 

text & photos Gr 6 and HP

Guess who made the best guess

Grade 11 students invited the H.I.S. community to make a very “sweet guess” before Winter Break. The M&M guessing was launched on Monday, December 10th and officially ended on Friday, December 14th after the Winter Fair!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the project and helped to raise over 80 Euros for Habitat for Humanity!

Here is what you’ve all been waiting for: the glass jar contained 3167 M&Ms! The jar of M&Ms was handed over to the lucky winner, Ishan, who got closest with his guess of 3165.

Congratulations Ishan and don’t eat them all at once! Everybody else, please don’t be disappointed, you might have better luck with the raffle… Keep an eye out for posters around the school and the blog! We appreciate your help!

Janne, from the Habitat For Humanity team

Historic Seasons Greetings

Grade 9 and 10 students made their own seasonal greeting cards in Individuals and Societies class just before the start of the holidays. 

The cards are based on printed black and white historic Christmas cards which the students then coloured in. The pictures were glued on colourful pieces of carton. Several students also decorated the picture frames, sometimes in Art Deco style. 

This task has a curriculum connection as some of the images relate to our interdisciplinary World War One unit. The grade 9 students were particularly interested in 19th century seasonal greeting cards.

The class will have an  Industrial Revolution unit  later on this school year. It was common for black and white images to be painted by hand in the early 1900’s, so this technique has historic roots. 

The students were encouraged to send greeting cards to friends, teachers and family. Several students added text in their own languages to the cards. Some of the greeting cards are currently on display in school on the I&S MYP information board, next to room 110 on the first floor. 



 Text: KG

Photos: KG and AS

Grade 12 Extended Essays

The grade twelve students have been busy writing their extended essays and internal assessments. The last week of school before the holidays will offer a time to celebrate as most students were able to finish their extended essays by mid-December.

The extended essay is a major research and writing assignment of no more than 4,000 words and it is a compulsory part of the IB diploma. Students have been working on this assignment since last spring.

The extended essay supervisors also look forward to a well-deserved break before the grade elevens start working on theirs in the new year.

text & photos KG

Advertising For A Good Cause – Grade 4 German Class

The G4 students of the advanced German program (AGP) have been inquiring about advertising and found out that there can be advertisements for a good cause.

They learned about the AIDA Formula used by advertising professionals, and created their own campaign for a good cause of their choice.

Their advertising campaign was aimed to gain Attention, evoke Interest, stimulate a Desire and encourage the viewers to take an Action. See if you can find the student’s adverting posters around school and check out how successful they were with their campaigns!

text & photos GS

Winter Fair

The smell of waffles and popcorn in the air marked the beginning of the annual H.I.S. Winter Fair.

Students, parents and staff work together every year to provide fun activities and wonderful treats at this seasonal event. Decorating cookies, christmas tattoos, Karaoke singing, roasting marshmallows and more – the activities and the food made everybody look forward to the Winter Break. But before that there is another week of school!

Many thanks to all for making the Winter Fair 2018 such a successful event.

photos: AS


The Challenges To Be A Teacher

Grade 7 students have worked on three creative projects on Digestive and Respiratory Systems in Science and last week they practised to be teachers in Grade 2 and Grade 5 classes.

Their creative products have been successfully presented to the young learners from the Primary school who seem to have enjoyed their new “one lesson teachers”

Grade 7 students have become fully aware that teaching is a demanding task but they are brave enough to do it again in the future.  


text: MM