Tablets in The Primary School!

We have been trialling the use of tablets in the PYP.  Grade 4 was selected for this task and are making use of these devices.  The use of IT with children can be controversial and we would like to see what benefits arise from their use during the rest of this school year.  A tablet can be used in a totally different way from a laptop and the students are having fun exploring the different Apps available to them.  If we deem the tablets to be a useful educational tool, we may well purchase these for the remainder of the PYP classes.

Kate von Gizycki, Primary Years Programme Co-ordinator


Math Week: Math Murder Mystery

This week, Grades 3, 4 and 5 have been celebrating Math Week. On Tuesday, students worked in groups mixed between the three classes to solve the murder of a beloved cartoon character. Faced with the crime, these detectives had to solve mathematical problems, which revealed pieces of evidence. After cross referencing their suspect list (comprised of all the PYP teachers), students were able to deduce who the perpetrator was.

 Can you figure out who committed the crime?


Chocolate finger prints were left at the scene of the crime, along with a brown hair strand and broken glasses. The suspect had to improvise his/her exit plan because construction prevented a quick getaway. After fleeing the scene of the crime, he/she flew 19 hours home to somewhere in the eastern hemisphere.

text & photos: FW

Playing in The Sand

We are excited about the construction work that has begun at the east end of the existing school building.

To accommodate the machines required to build the extension, there had to be the temporary sacrifice of our sandpit.

We are grateful to Heidelberg Cement for helping us find an interim solution, and ensuring that we can continue having fun until after the extension has been finished.

A new sandpit … in a new location … will be a community building project at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

text & photos: KM

Schüler machen Zeitung!

Co-operation mit der Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

Die Schüler des Deutschkurses der 9. und 10. Klasse haben sechs Wochen lang täglich die Rhein-Neckar Zeitung gelesen. Im Rahmen des Projekts “Schüler machen Zeitung”, haben die Schüler ihr persönliches Zeitungsexemplar täglich an die Schule geliefert bekommen.Der krönende Abschluss des Projektes ist jedes Jahr das Schreiben eigener Zeitungsartikel. Dafür haben alle Schüler Recherchen über ein Thema ihrer Wahl betrieben und dann Experten interviewt. Auf der Basis ihrer gesammelten Informationen haben die Schüler Zeitungsartikel geschrieben, die nun an die Rhein-Neckar Zeitung zur Veröffentlichung übergeben werden.

Wir warten also mit Spannung aus des Datum der Veröffentlichung! Selbstverständlich wird darüber an dieser Stelle berichtet werden!As part of the annual newspaper project in co-operation with Rhein-Neckar Zeitung, the students of the Grade 9&10 German class have finished their own newspaper articles, which will be sent to the newspaper for publication. We look forward to the articles being published soon!

text & photos: As

Spring Clean

Once again the yearly Heidelberg Frühjahrsputz has arrived. Grade 2 were out this Tuesday Spring cleaning with their orange vests and gloves on. They ventured up to the local park, on their way picking up rubbish that has been spoiling our environment. The students were honoured to be representing the school on this very important matter, especially as they have learnt so much about it in their ‘What a Load of Rubbish’ Unit of Inquiry. A quote from one of the Grade 2 students, Ana, ‘I feel very proud to do this!’.”

text & photo: SF 


Hungarian Cultural Event

A huge thank you to the Hungarian parents and staff members for organising the Hungarian Cultural Event. Food, drinks and entertainment were fantastic.The guests, including a special guest from the Hungarian Generalkonsulat in Stuttgart, experienced traditional Hungarian dancing as well as a musical performance by a multitalented musician.The traditional main course of Goulash and Ratatouille was followed by a typical treat, Langos, from a food truck positioned just outside the Multi-purpose room. After dessert – I believe nobody left feeling “hungry”.

Many thanks to everybody who made this evening possible, a lot of organising goes into making such an event happen.

The cultural evening has become a popular tradition at H.I.S. And what a wonderful opportunity this is to learn more about a country, its culture and traditions. After a Scottish, American, Spanish, Indian and Hungarian celebration, I am looking forward to the next one.


text&photos: AS