An Apple A Day….

Continuing a tradition of the World Food Day at H.I.S., the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) provided all students with fresh, locally grown apples from the Schneider farm in Edingen-Neckarhausen.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away…”, is a well-known expression. According to the many health benefits of apples, there must be some truth in that!

A big thank you to the PTG for the delivery of the delicious and healthy treat.

What’s your favourite apple recipe?




World Food Day 2021

Last week the Primary and Secondary students participated in various lesson activities about food consumption.

Students had attempted to waste less food during lunch times and bring in locally produced food.

Food insecurity and the impact the food industry has on carbon emissions and the environment, were topics addressed in class.

Here is an interesting article about food security. The second link takes you to a Kahoot quiz, if you would like to test your knowledge about food facts.

Enjoy the “Food Characters”, created by Primary students.



Kindertag 2021

Visiting the Mayor of Heidelberg

Every year two students from each elementary school in Heidelberg have the chance to spend a day at the city hall of Heidelberg, to learn more about the services offered by the city.

This year 2 students from Grade 4 represented Heidelberg International School at the “Kindertag” (children’s day).

At various stations, they were able to gain insights into the work of the different departments of the City of Heidelberg. (for example the registry office, garbage collection, public library, police, road cleaning service and many more.)

Each student also gets to meet the mayor and has the chance to ask him questions.

Elisha and Paul shared their experiences in a detailed presentation in German class. Thanks, Paul, for spending your time to create the presentation and thanks to both of you for sharing your experiences of this event with us.



World Food Day 2021

Last year the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations celebrated its 75th year. Over the years the organisation has worked tirelessly to reduce hunger and make food readily available.

In the last few years many crops have failed. Many scientists believe that this is a result of climate change. Consequently more people have food insecurity; meaning they may not get enough nutritious food to eat.

World Food Day is on Saturday 16th October 2021. During the week beginning Monday 11th October, H.I.S. students in the PYP and MYP will be learning in their classes and homerooms about the challenge of a world sustaining agri-food system to ensure nutritious and safe food for everyone. They will participate in several learning activities in the week and will hopefully identify some individual actions they can choose to help the situation.

Please ask your child what they learned about World Food Day and also support them by encouraging them to eat all of their snack and lunch during the week (no food waste) and by bringing in locally produced food for at least one of the days for their snack or lunch.

You can also get your child to enter the FAO World Food Day Poster Contest. Here is the link:

Our actions are our future – Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life“.  (Food Agriculture Organisation 2021)

Thank you for supporting World Food Day.


Grade 11 Exordium

We are a team now!

Day 1: Canoeing Trip

For our first day of the Exordium Field Trip our class went canoeing on the Neckar. As a class, we took a train to Neckargemünd in the morning, all very sleepy, and we arrived at the river around 10:00. When we arrived there, we split up into rowing groups of four and we learned some rowing techniques that would help us during our trip. We had a 12k trip starting in Neckargemünd and ending in Heidelberg. During our trip, we worked as a team, learning many new skills along the way.

Regarding the ethics of choices and actions, it already started with taking the train as a class, instead of everyone coming alone by car, so we reduced our carbon footprint and were environmentally friendly. Furthermore, being on the water and facing the risk of falling in, the respect for each other was another key to our success and will remain so during all our time together.

Jesse, Luana, Ben, Yameng, Danielle, Gregor

When we arrived under the bridge where the instructor and the canoes waited for us, we were explained how to use the canoe and what the different roles in canoeing are. The three people in the front of the boat need to make sure the speed of the canoe is maintained, and the person in the back is the one in charge of steering the boat.

The first third of the trip was a bit of a mess. Many of us were inexperienced and had some trouble getting the hang of it. Most students were challenged by communication and cooperation with others at the start, and with the never-ending river, had a lack of motivation for many at the start. After what felt like hours upon hours of paddling the canoe, but actually was just one, we arrived at our first stop.

After the long break and transporting the canoes on a metal-like canoe carriage from one side of the lock to the other, we also had to mix up a few groups to balance out the faster and slower teams. Finally, we continued our journey. Compared to the beginning, everyone was gaining confidence in their abilities, and put more effort into the venture. This part of the boat ride took the longest, lasting over an hour. At this point, our strength, and endurance were truly challenged as we crossed the other side of the river.

For many, this track was the part that set their mood for the rest of the day, as messing up and losing control of the canoe during this part of paddling really would dampen one’s mood. Nevertheless, most groups managed to work together as a unit and realised that they worked well as a team, and noted that the final part of the tour was more enjoyable, with more laughs than the first.

Everyone enjoyed the view of the Heidelberg Castle in the forest-covered hills as we rowed our boats gently down the stream. All the canoes arrived at the Neckarwiese at around the same time and now the only thing that bothered us was the long dreadful walk back to school…

Pierce, Matthys, Elli, Ali, Toni, Masha, Annika

Day 2: Kletterwald Speyer

On the second Day of the Exordium we went to the Kletterwald in Speyer. It was a great experience as it was our first-time zip lining and doing so many fun activities like climbing, passing obstacle courses. We also played games and did team-building activities, which helped us get to know each other better.

The class faced several challenges during the team-building collaborative activities. The first activity required us to find our way through an invisible maze. This forced everyone to pay attention to where you could and couldn’t go. Some people had trouble with this, while others found it quite simple. However, we finally made it through to the end and completed the challenge. The next challenge was to help each other get through a spider web made of ropes without touching it. This forced us to work together as a team and to plan who and how to bring people through various holes in the web.

The final challenge was to scale a flat wall as a team. Here we also had to plan and give people roles that they were fit for. We had to first make sure to get some stronger students over the wall and leave some on the ground to help others pass it. All of these activities strengthened our collaborative skills and knowledge of each other.

Overall, the experience was a great way of getting to know each other and learning to work together to solve problems. This skill is one that we will need to know for the next two years of our Diploma Program. Team building activities were especially helpful as there were a lot of new students.

Lily, Nándor, Anton, Kengo, Shishira, Daksh, Mark

The instructors took us to a large spider web with 15 different rectangles. At least one person had to climb through each rectangle. This was a hard activity, as some of the rectangles were 2 meters above ground and we were not allowed to touch the ropes of the web. Therefore, we had to stand on each other’s backs or be lifted up by other classmates in order to complete this challenge.

As a last part to the team-building activities we had to form pairs of two. One partner was blind folded and the other had to lead him or her through an obstacle course. During this exercise we learned to fully trust and rely on our partner when we were blind folded. When you were the one leading the blind folded person, you learned how important it is, not to give the wrong direction and be someone the other person could rely on.

For lunch, we had a lot of options that offered vegetarian and even non-vegetarian. The costs for all the food was covered by school. The pizza we had ordered was not good, there were two options available (Margarita and Salami). The french fries were good, they were served hot with a variety of different combinations like pommes wurst, pommes currywurst and pommes. The dippings available were ketchup and mayonnaise. Ice cream was available, there were a lot of flavours available for all of us. School brought the class some snacks (nuts, chips, gummy bears).

During the day, the class as a whole required to be committed and persistent. While leading our blindfolded partner through obstacles, we had to be committed to each other, so that our partner reached the destination. We were required to be committed to our team and goals. We had to be persistent in guiding our partner through tough paths and not be impatient. We also had to be persistent during climbing, as we were required to complete the activities even though they were hard and challenging. During the team building activity, where we had to manage to send everybody to the other side of the ropes, we were required to have perseverance and be committed to our goal in order to make sure all the people involved got to the other side.

The day we spent together in the Kletterwald Speyer really helped us bond as a class. Particularly the first few team-building activities required us to trust and rely on each other.

Oz, Kaya, Medha, Ethan, Vincent, Sofie