Konnie came to visit the students in the Primary assemblies this week. For some students this was the first time they had seen Konnie in school.
Miss Von Gizycki explained to the students where Konnie would be and how to act when he is around. The students were excited, but remained calm and that helped Konnie to be calm even with so many people around.
The students had many questions: When is his birthday? Will he come into our class? What does a therapy dog do?
Mrs von Gizycki answered student questions and explained that Konnie is still learning and growing and at the moment he will remain in the Learning Support Room, but by next Spring he should be more obvious around school and will have more contact with students.
In the meantime, we will see Konnie out on walks and around the school building and he will come and visit assemblies again soon! We are excited to see how much bigger he will be next time.
This year 13 students from grade 11 are traveling across the world to help people who are in need. Three students will go to Mayana, Namibia and the others will go to Bucharest, Romania with the non-profit organizations Make Change Possible and Habitat for Humanity.
To raise the money to finance the project costs of these trips, the class has decided to make a skyscraper that needs to be completed.
Please help us to build the Skyscraper by buying any missing item:
single window: 5€, single fancy window: 15€, line of windows: 30€, bird: 7€, tree: 10€, door: 50€, antenna: 75€, sun: 150 €.
You have the chance to buy any of the mentioned items from the 18th to the 22nd of November after school in the school foyer or you can put your order and the correct amount of money in a box placed in front of the office (box, envelopes and order forms will also be available from the 18th of November).
When the skyscraper is all finished, you will be able to see what part of the building you and the children contributed. With your help and additional individual fundraising, we hope to be able to raise our goal of 8360€. This money will pay for the building materials and experts on the building site in Romania and for the individual projects in Namibia.
In addition to this next week there will be our first Healthy Bake Sale, Wednesday, the 20th of November after school. Don’t miss it! Grade 11 deeply appreciates your help in our mission to make the world a better place.
Kira, Grade 11
On Monday the EP students had a little parade through the school in remembrance of St. Martin. They were singing “Laterne, Laterne” and proudly carrying the lanterns they made in class and showing them to staff and students.
After the parade, students shared the traditional Martins Men made out of dough.
text and photo. StSt
Grade 7 students had their first CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) training as a part of their Science and Physical and Health Education Curricula. They are now familiar with some first aid methods.
Building on their practical knowledge the students had the chance to deepen their knowledge about the human heart a few days later. They welcomed a guest speaker to their Science lesson. Prof.Dr. Mukherjee, a heart specialist from the Cardiology Clinic in Karlsruhe, shared information about the anatomy of heart, medical conditions of the heart and the ways medicine uses to cure them. At the end of this great lesson, all Grade 7 heart experts saw an open heart surgery video.
We would like to thank Dr. Mukherjee for taking the time to be with us.
Traditionally the week before the 11th November you can find pastries shaped like men in bakeries all around Germany.
These pastry men are called Martinsmännchen or Weckmänner and are one of the customs used in Germany to remember and celebrate St. Martin from Tours. He was a Roman soldier and later became bishop, who was well known for his lovingness and care towards others.
The most famous legend about him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm.
In order to celebrate him and his positive attitude towards others, Grade 3 made dough and formed little man shaped buns during German lessons.
They decorated their men with raisins and chocolate drops. In order to follow St. Martin’s example of being caring, they also made a Martinsmännchen for our Grade 1 students. The students really enjoyed baking and handing out their Weckmänner to the younger students.
text & photos: SH&SST
Konnie had a lovely autumn break, visiting family and meeting new people. Although he did not like the lead at first, he is getting used to it and enjoys short walks around our neighbourhood.
Konnie had a visit to the school during the autumn break. He enjoyed walking through the empty hallways and trying out his bed in the Learning Support Room.
Today was his first official day at H.I.S. He was very excited and is gradually getting used to the busy sights and sounds in school. At this time, I will ask students to refrain from petting him. He is still learning and although he is very friendly, he does like chewing on things!
Before he interacts with our students, parental permission will be required. More information on this will follow soon.
Konnie is not yet trained as a Therapy dog, but he already seems to have a calming effect on our students. As they move to the German class, next door, students have been very quiet and respectful. There have been a lot of smiles too!
text: KvG; photos: KvG & AS
A very big thank you to our garden volunteers who built the EP raised beds last Saturday.
The beds are now ready for EP students to begin planting spring bulbs!
text & photos NP
We took Konnie home on Sunday evening. He was sad at times as he was separated from his parents and his siblings. Absolutely everything is new for him. He was really brave on the car ride home. Here he is having a break at the halfway point.
Once he arrived home, he immediately explored his surroundings and seemed very relaxed. He is becoming familiar with our routines.
He loves exploring our garden and playing with his toys.
He is only 9 weeks old so he still needs to sleep a lot.
Training has already begun and we are optimistic that he is a fast learner.
We have instantly become very popular in our village. Everyone we meet wants to stroke and speak to Konnie (short for Konrad).
Konnie will join us in school after the autumn break.
Many thanks to the whole H.I.S. community, especially the PTG, for making this possible.
text & photos KvG