Nikolaus Surprise

H.I.S. staff was surprised by a wonderful seasonal feast in the staffroom this morning. The smell of hot waffles was wafting through the corridor leading to the Sommer Lounge. Many thanks to Nikolaus and all his helpers!

A Sight of Hope

Heidelberger Tafeln support Communities

In a world filled with economic inequality and social issues, there are organisations that serve as beacons of hope, working diligently to alleviate the burdens of those in need.

I recently had the opportunity with my MYP Zero Hunger Group to visit “Die Tafel,” a great initiative aimed at providing people with inexpensive access to critical groceries and everyday essentials. This visit not only shed light on the significant impact of their work, but also allowed me to personally observe the delight and gratitude of those who benefit from their assistance.

Walking through the aisles at the Tafel shop, it was heartening to see shelves stocked with a diverse array of products, from fresh produce to pantry staples and household necessities. Beyond the aisles, their dedication to community engagement and outreach cemented their reputation as a light of hope, addressing not only current needs but also long-term solutions. They are building a sense of shared responsibility and making a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve.

One of the most enriching aspects of the visit was interacting with the shoppers. It was evident that the Tafel has built a welcoming and inclusive environment for them. Many people saw Die Tafeln as a lifeline in challenging times, allowing them to stretch their restricted finances without sacrificing the quality of their meals.

According to the people I spoke with, those with impairments or who are too old to work and have little or no income other than little government checks are allowed to join the Tafel. Their stories portrayed resilience and thankfulness. The sense of relief and gratefulness in their voices was palpable, reinforcing the organisation’s impact on the community’s well-being. We offered them a bar of bio chocolate as a tiny gesture after they participated, but the delight the chocolate brought them was greater than taking a global trip.

Die Tafeln has become a shining example of how grassroots efforts can make a substantial effect on the lives of individuals and families in need by providing affordable groceries and developing a sense of community. As people go through challenging times, organisations like these offer hope and demonstrate the transforming power of community compassion and support.

I’m certain that by reading this, you’re also encouraged and enthusiastic to make Christmas brighter for those who have less. To that end, we’re organising another donation event before Winter Break.

Preyasi, Grade 8

Sustainability Evening


Secondary students wrote poems in Spanish and German to share their thoughts about the topic of sustainability. The students’ work was on display at the Sustainability Evening at school this week.

Congratulations to the students for their fantastic shared effort to put this topic into words. Many thanks to the teachers for organising the event and for making sustainability a topic in the language classes.


Halloween at H.I.S.

Many thanks to the PTG and Student Council for organising the events

MYP & DP Halloween party
What a great week with not one, but two Halloween parties!
We kicked off the week with the Secondary school Halloween Disco and a lot of fun was had by all, including some great costumes and dance moves! Well done to the Student Council for a very well organised event, with support from PTG. Congratulations!
Grade 7 won the overall best costume contest and the PTG will provide them with a pizza party after the break. Well done Grade 7!
PYP Halloween party
The PYP Halloween party kicked off with a lot of cool games, arts and crafts, a prize table and a very successful  first-ever spooky trunk or treat. So much fun was had by all.
Thank you to all our volunteers – students, staff and parents – that helped make this a really successful event.
Pumpkin Competition
We had a spooky Pumpkin competition and we saw some super designs and creativity that made it very difficult for the judges to decide. The winners are: Christian D (EP-Gr 2) , Torin (Gr 3-5). Winners of the most creative design: Elina and Luana.

Child Protection Workshop

H.I.S. welcomed regional resource counsellor Zoe Spranger, to a Child Protection parent workshop this week.

Our policies and procedures on Child Protection are a culmination of extensive training that has worked to remind us all of the important role we play in a disclosure situation.

Zoe helped us to get a deeper understanding of:

  • Child protection measures at H.I.S.
  • How H.I.S. works with regional services
  • Which assistance families are offered

You can find all of the information from the workshop and more in the H.I.S. Child Protection Handbook located in the internal section of our website. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this valuable discussion.