Students are not the only people who learn at H.I.S.!

thumb_IMG_0503_1024On Tuesday last week PYP Staff proved they are lifelong learners by participating in Professional Development in the forest.

Our instructor Jochen Kohn from Heidelberg Natur took us through our paces as we learned about the importance of using our outdoor environment to its full potential.

We participated in a number of activities such as identifying collected insects, finding natural materials, creating artwork from the forest and building focus and concentration as a group. All these activities could be used or adapted for a range of ages.

We finished our morning of team building with a gallery walk and reflection on what we learned.thumb_IMG_0502_1024

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Message from Rosa

Dear All, 

Somehow I’m thinking a lot about H.I.S. lately. We are still living in China and everything goes well. I have some really good news to share.IMG_4093

Abel passed his IB. It was hard work and didn’t get enough sleep the last months but he managed to do it. He applied for a few universities in the UK, one in Rotterdam and his first choice UBC Vancouver. 

He got accepted at UBC and yesterday he flew there on his own to start his new life. 

He did very well in the IB. His total score was 36 points. He will study Bachelor of Commerce at UBC. I miss him like crazy but we have to go through this and in October we will visit him. 

Jaro is now Grade 11 and we just started the new school year. Right now I can’t say how it goes but knowing Jaro it will go well. He is elected this week as the new VP from STUCO. (student council) 

He is somehow a born leader so probably it is the right job for him. 

I hope H.I.S. is doing well. I saw your website and it looks great. Keep up the great work. 

We will probably stay here in China for another 2 years because I don’t want to move Jaro. After his graduation we don’t know where we should go. We still have our house in HD and Jacques and I both would like to go back there. We will see what the future brings. 

I wish all of you a good start of the new school year! 

Stay healthy and safe. 

Warm regards from Shenzhen! 


IB Learner Profile – Student Project on Display

Congratulations to Haixu and Herman

The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools all over the world.

We support respectful learning by encouraging everyone to appreciate and develop the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile ( attributes by becoming:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

(excerpt from H.I.S. Guiding Statements)

During their final year at H.I.S. Haixu and Herman, 2 Grade 12 students, took photographs for an IB Learner Profile Project. We are pleased to announce that the photographs of the 10 IBLP Attributes are on display in the school foyer now. Congratulations and many thanks to the two students.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 15.39.38

Dear Herman and Haixu,

I hope you will one day visit H.I.S. again and take pride in your work. You have given  the school community a wonderful work of art and we will think of you whenever we look at it.

Anke Schumacher


Class of 2016What a wonderful set of IB Diploma results.  In 2014, all of our Grade 12 students accepted the challenge of the IB Diploma and two years later all of them have now been successful.

Our students joined almost 150,000 IB students around the world who received their results from the May 2016 examination session. They join a community of almost 1.5 million IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. 

The May 2016 session showcases our school’s average diploma score of 30.5 points (of 45 possible maximum), which is higher than the world average. It also highlights our school’s pass rate of 100% compared with the global DP pass rate, which continues to remain stable at approximately 80%.

I send my congratulations to all of our students who have received their results, a fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they’ve shown in completing their studies.

According to Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General, “Independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of high school graduation and college enrolment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings. And, perhaps more importantly, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.” 

These results are a culmination of all the learning and hard work of our Grade 12’s, and will be a defining moment in their lives. It is also a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the teachers and staff at Heidelberg International School.

Finally the students could not achieve such great results without many years of support and assistance from parents, families and friends.

My thanks go to all the staff, parents and friends and I join you in congratulating the Class of 2016.

Mr. Whitmore

MCP Working Group: “Thank you!”

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logo_MCP-326x116We would like to thank the H.I.S. community for the support in all our events this school year.

We are delighted to have raised over 2000 Euros for MCP e.V. and owe our success to the generous nature of our whole school. 

We look forward to welcoming new members to our group in 2016-17, but for now wish you all a happy and healthy summer break!

Best Wishes,

The MCP Working Group 2015-16

Gratefulness Portraits

There is an increasing body of scientific research that strongly suggests that the key to real & lasting happiness is gratefulness.

Indeed the word grateful is derived from the Latin word ‘gratia’ which means graciousness, gratefulness, & grace. The very act of appreciating what we have not only taps into the Mindfulness revolution but allows us to step back from ourselves & truly examine the good & the great things that abound in each of our lives.


During our final Visual Art lessons of this academic year Grade 7 & Grade 9 had the opportunity to appreciate one another & the qualities that each individual student brings to their community. Students took turns to sit in front of a whiteboard whilst their peers wrote positive words around them. They decided to photograph each other before they had seen the board & afterwards. They were Inspired by the ‘Compliments’ photographic project by Grade 9 artist Abbigale, exhibited at the Summer M.A.D. Night.

The results are a series of black & white images capturing a little something of the heart of our student community; compliments were accepted graciously & given whole-heartedly. In the context of political uncertainty in Europe, a tragic rise in race-related crime this last week in the U.K., & other sad stories in the news, we can perhaps take heart from these images. They are the evidence of a hugely diverse community of young people here at H.I.S. who are grateful for one another, celebrate this daily, & have wonderful ambitions for their future, & in turn, our world.

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text & photos: KIM

Dewey Decimal Delight

DSCI0013On Monday morning, Grades 5 and 2 met up in the library for two periods of Dewey Decimal delight!

The Dewey Decimal System is a method of arranging nonfiction books in libraries, so that information is easy to find no matter what library you walk into.

The fifth graders broke into groups back in the fall and since Exhibition finished in May, they have been preparing stations based on a certain section of the Dewey Decimal system, with a fun game to teach the Grade 2s what that section is all about!

We saw games ranging from “Pin the Monocle on Shakespeare” (800s: Literature), to “Match the Flags with the Language” (400s: Languages), “Create a Volcano” (500s: Science and Math), and “Shoot the Aliens with a ‘Miniweapons’ Rubber Band Gun” (000s: Unsolved Mysteries and General Information). 

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DSCI0021 “Our station was in the 600s and so we did a matching game. The matching cards were Legos, since in the 600s is ‘building,’ and it also has ‘machinery,’ so we included different types of vehicles (cars, trains, etc). Carlo told them about Leonardo da Vinci. The second graders liked it a lot, and the record is held by Max, who was able to match all the cards in just 29 seconds!” -Carlo and Shritan

Text and pictures by Tory