Business Leaders of Tomorrow

Grade 5 welcomed Tobias Röhner to their distance-learning classroom. Herr Röhner is a business consultant with Mile Two Consulting in Leipzig. He joined us to share his expertise, as students explore their current Unit of Inquiry, “Market Forces”.

Prior to his visit, Grade 5 had been given the task of starting their own businesses. During our virtual lesson, Herr Röhner talked to students about starting a company, explained the role of a business consultant, answered questions and made time to consult with each of the groups on their very own business ideas.

The students had the opportunity to make connections between their own learning and what is happening in the economy. Students were able to see how IB Learner attributes, such as being a risk-taker, knowledgeable, open-minded and a thinker are critical for starting a successful business.

Grade 5 students got an authentic taste of what it’s like to apply their knowledge, skills and creativity, in order to leave their very own mark the market.


Digital Citizenship

We are depending more and more on digital media in many parts of society. We explore and create and also learn new ways to connect and communicate with people all over the world.

Students are growing up with the power of this digital media and technology and although it empowers young people and gives them opportunities, it also has its own challenges and dilemmas. Therefore we seek to increase our students’ awareness of online safety, cyberbullying, privacy, hate speech, misinformation, and digital distraction.

By the incorporation of digital citizenship in our curriculum, and its use and support within our local community, we aim to create a positive school culture that helps safeguard our students while they use media and technology. 


Historical Christmas Greetings

Tradition dates back to 19th century

Grade nine and ten students have been working on making Christmas cards based on historic images in I&S class this week.

Some students were also inspired to make their own designs. Seasonal greeting cards became popular already in the nineteenth century and brought comfort during times of crisis in the twentieth century.

Some hand-made cards have been distributed in school yesterday and today.


A Journey Through Time

Grade 5 learned about their ancestors

Grade 5 experienced a journey through time during their guided tour at the Kurpfälzisches Museum in Heidelberg!

We started 600,000 years ago with the lower jaw of Homo Heidelbergensis, went on to the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age (Celts), “climbed” the Heiligenberg to learn even more about the Celts and ended with the Romans and Mithras.

Our Grade 5 students knew very well how to wear a Roman tunic with dignity and pride and were able to take home a lot of new information from their trip.


Der Nikolaus war da!

Last week, students in EP, Grade 1 and Grade 2 were busy making their Nikolaus boots.

Each December 6, children in Germany celebrate ‘St. Nikolaus Day’. Children traditionally clean their boots the night before the 6 of December and put it outside their door. Sankt Nikolaus then fills the cleaned boots with sweets, fruits or small gifts.

The custom originates from the historical Sankt Nikolaus who had a reputation for leaving secret gifts, such as coins, in people’s shoes overnight.

When the students on the ground floor came to school in the morning, they found a sweet little surprise in their boot.


Duke of Edinburgh Award Challenge

2nd Practice walk required map reading skills

On the 14th November, an intrepid group of Grade 10 students set off from Eberbach Station in 3 groups to try to complete a map reading challenge set by Mr. Parkes.

This was the second practice walk for the students as they prepare for the Duke of Edinburgh Challenge 3 day hike in the summer of 2022.  They would need to visit several points on a route using a detailed map of the area around the wonderful meadows and woodlands (and hills!) of Breitenstein, an area protected because of its outstanding natural beauty – really worth a visit sometime!

The group needed to visit all the checkpoints and take photographs of themselves in order to prove the entire group had been there. After a minor wrong turn coming out of Eberbach which cost all the groups one or two extra kilometers, the students powered along the course to find Mr. Knowles and Mr. Parkes waiting at one of the checkpoints.

This was the moment when the groups could choose to use a compass bearing to shorten their route and head across country to a nearby hill and a welcome hot chocolate and refreshments provided by 2 amazing Grade 11 CAS students.

Successful use of a map and compass will be essential on the 3 day hike which the students plan and walk themselves, carrying tents and provisions – a kilometer saved by good map reading really will be worth it! All groups took their compass bearings successfully and headed across the open countryside to the refreshments.

A big thank you to all the students who participated and to the teachers and Grade 11 students who were there as the back up team.



RC BRICK Pot – What?

The Learner Profile presented by Grade 7

RC BRICK POT – is an abbreviation for all the IB Learner Profile attributes. As one of their Community and Service projects, Grade 7 students created a presentation about the Learner Profile attributes in German. In groups they presented this to PYP German classes.

Grade 7 students prepared different scenarios for each of the Learner Profile attributes and our PYP students had to match the attributes that fitted best. Afterwards students were asked to draw their hands and to write Learner Profile attributes on each other’s hands.

After the grade 7 students left, we brainstormed how we could implement the IB Learner Profile more into the German lessons. Our students had some excellent ideas that we will look into and develop further.

Thank you very much, Grade 7, you did a fantastic job!


5,086 Euro Collected for Waldpiraten

Chris Maier meets students at H.I.S.

A symbolic bank cheque was handed over to Chris Maier, pedagogical leader of the Waldpiraten Camp, by two students today. At the annual Waldpiraten Run in September, the H.I.S. community managed to collect over 5,000 €.

Chris Maier, who is soon going into retirement, was thrilled to receive the money for the Waldpiraten and was chatting to Kengo (Grade 11) and Marta (Grade 6) about the H.I.S. Waldpiraten Run, organised annually by the school with the support of students.

H.I.S. has been supporting the Waldpiraten since 2010, and the sum collected at the Waldpiraten Run 2021 was again a fantastic result. A huge thank you, to all students, staff and parents.

Chris Maier promised to stay in touch and remarked that she has been giving us a wave every time she has passed by H.I.S. on her bike. Her colleague, Frau Dietze, will be our new contact at the Camp and we look forward to continue our efforts of supporting the Waldpiraten.

photos & text AS