MCP Fair 2019

The MPR was filled with students attending and helping at the MCP Fair earlier in March. PYP students experienced millet grinding, cooking, head scarf tying, dance, puzzles, water carrying and more. The aim of the fair was for students to learn about life in Mayana, Namibia, the small village supported by the organisation Make Change Possible (MCP). It was also a fundraiser, and we are happy to report that 470 Euros were raised.

MYP students played an important role, volunteering at different stations and the cake sale table. DP students Inigo, Janne, Kyra and Pritha were all actively involved in the Working Group, helping to plan the event and ensure it was a success.

Many thanks to all those who took part and supported. After the break, there will be more information about the up-and-coming Flea Market to be held on May 25th – keep it in mind if you’re having a clean out this Spring break!

text & photos HP

Gut gemessen ist halb gewonnen!

Immer schneller und weiter – Students in Grade 6, 7 and 8 attended a Sport and Technique Workshop and Exhibition at the Technoseum in Mannheim.

During the workshop students took part in practical sports activities learning different ways of measuring sporting performance.  They then had to use their Math skills to calculate average scores and draw graphs.

In the exhibition, the students saw several exhibits and learned a little bit about the history of sports measurement and took part in some interactive activities measuring their sporting performance.

Well Done everybody!

 Mr Knowles

Former H.I.S. Student Headed Back to Mayana

We had some news from Christian, a former H.I.S. student. His family left the school at the end of last year to move back to the US.

During their time at H.I.S., the family travelled to Mayana, as part of an MCP (Make Change Possible) Friends Trip. Christian will be going back to Mayana this summer. He wrote to share the following with us:

“Hello from Christian – I was a student at H.I.S and moved back to the USA last summer. Notice the frozen Lake Michigan behind me! This upcoming summer I am going on the Make Change Possible  trip to Mayana, Namibia. While I am there I will be helping the local MCP team with using computers, I am also going to help the local school with their computers.”

Christian

Schüler machen Zeitung

Students' newspaper articles published in RNZ

In November and December 2018 the grade 9 & 10 German Language and Literature class took part in “Schüler machen Zeitung”, a project organised by the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung, which entailed daily RNZ subscription and a newspaper article writing competition.

Every student created an article about a topic they decided to be of interest for the readers.  Every year, the best articles are chosen and published in the newspaper. This year 23 school classes and 546 students were working towards the same goal.

Finally, on March, the 27th, in a separate “Sonderbeilage” (special edition) of the RNZ, the best 52 student articles were published and we are very proud that 6 articles of H.I.S. students have been chosen. Well done Louis, Carolin, Ishikaa, Laura and Lennard!

And special greetings to Anna in South Africa, who submitted her article in January, although she left H.I.S. end of December, when the project was still in full swing.

text: BK

Easter Egg Hunt at H.I.S.

Would you want to search for delicious chocolate goodies on the playground after school? Guess what! This year, the Easter bunny told us he would come to H.I.S. and hide as many chocolate eggs as he can for you to find!

So grab your bag, buy your ticket and let’s go searching!

It is a German tradition for children to go and hunt for Easter Eggs on the morning of Easter Sunday. The Easter Eggs are usually hidden in the garden by an Easter Bunny to surprise the children in the morning. This is to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many German non-Christians celebrate Easter as well, just to have fun while colouring boiled eggs or to have fun hiding and finding chocolate goodies!

To add to the happy spring atmosphere, the Habitat Team is organising an Easter Egg Hunt for the H.I.S. community! Students will be able to purchase tickets and participate in a big Easter Egg Hunt after school. All information at a glance:

 When?After school (at 3:20 pm) on Friday, April 5th

Where? — All participants will meet in the main MPR first. Then, all will be able to start the hunt on the playground at the same time. (For this purpose, the playground will be closed from 2:15pm onwards to anyone without a ticket.)

What is the event for? — It is another project aimed to raise money for the Habitat for Humanity group.

How can I participate? — Tickets will be sold for 3 Euros after school in the foyer starting on Friday 29th. Definitely bring your ticket on the day of the hunt and otherwise, you could also bring a bag for collecting of eggs and goodies.

 Big thanks to ALDI for supporting the event by kindly providing the chocolate items!

 Dear parents: you are welcome to support your younger children in the hunt or simply watch and encourage!

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask any grade 11 Habitat for Humanity member.

See you very soon!

 Janne from the Habitat Team

 

MCP Fair – Sneak Preview

At lunch time, the MYP and Grade 11 student volunteers for the MCP Fair (happening THIS Thursday after school) had an introduction to the resources they will be using at the various booths.

Monika Handwerker from MCP visited over lunchtime to give students some important background information and allowed them to get their hands on some of the mystery equipment. Can you, for example, guess what is being built or done in the pictures below?  

We also learned that a Grade 11 student in Mayana would be expected to carry 20 litres of water over a distance of 4 km. While students won’t be experience anything as extreme, they will have the chance to try out water carrying, millet grounding, and head scarf tying as well as other activities.

Punch cards for the fair are on sale after school this week.

 We hope to welcome many of you to the fair. It hasn’t been held for a number of years at H.I.S., and it will be a great chance to learn about life in the north of Namibia and MCP’s work there.

text & photos: HP