WWW – S’mores in The Crocodile Swamp

Our group ended the first day of travel swinging and gliding through a Kletterwald.  That evening, we warmed up by a fire and talked about the days to come.

 On Tuesday, the group enjoyed a full day woods camp where we were challenged to identify trees.  In the afternoon, as the skies parted, we built rain shelters in the rain in a race to stay dry.  We warmed up again next to the fire under a parachute and enjoyed s’mores as a group.  Our group then had a very enthusiastic and hilliarious challenge game called Crocodile Swamp where we were required to work as a team and cross to safety.  In the evening, we enjoyed an outdoor grill and then competed in teams with Trivia games about popular movies and Fortnite. 

We woke up to rain on Wednesday but this did not upset our plans.  In the morning, we visited Waldwipfelweg – a nature park and scientific experience, complete with optical illusions and a very high walk bridge over the forest.  After lunch, we walked in the rain to a Paradise Park where all the Grade 6’s enjoyed rides on a Rodelbahn powered by gravity down the mountain.  The rain even stopped just in time to enjoy the rides!  We ended our day with a needed hot lunch while we allowed our jackets and shoes to dry off.  We prepared popcorn and spent the rest of the rainy evening watching the movie, Wonder.

 We started our last activities of the week in the fog, as the bus took us to our canoe venture in Blaibach.  After learning how to paddle together?, we ventured down the Schwarzer Regen.  Our intrepid crew made it about halfway when one canoe capsized, making our adventure a bit interesting.  Fortunately, the boys were able to get warm again, grab a shuttle and meet up with us as we parked our boats and jumped on our mountain bikes.  We sped back to our starting point like pros while our wet clothes were drying in the wind.

Our last evening was a bit of a celebration for our adventurous week.  After a hot dinner, our crew was still hungry.  We decided to have a special pizza party and dance night where we all were able to laugh, be silly and enjoy our last evening in Bavaria.

 We were truly impressed by our Grade 6’s, who worked well supporting each other, learning how to take on more responsibilities, lending a helping hand to others in need, and having fun along the way.  We imagine that many of our students will have lasting memories from this trip.


Mr. Fortner, Ms. Bhattacarya and Mr. Licuanan

Heidelberg – Frankfurt 6:3!

Tuesday, last week, was a wonderful day for our Grade 5 students.  We had a visit from Grade 4 and 5 students from FISW (Frankfurt International School Wiesbaden).  In the morning, they played against each other in a very tense and exciting football match.  H.I.S. were triumphant and won 6:3!

In the afternoon, our Grade 5 students presented their Exhibition projects and received positive feedback from the FISW students.  Many of the FISW students are also researching similar projects so nice discussions developed during the afternoon.  We look forward to visiting FISW in June where they will show us their Exhibition projects and we will be involved in another football match.  Will the Heidelberg Hedgehogs win again…?

Kate von Gizycki, PYP Co-ordinator

Grade 5 Exhibition

On Thursday evening, Grade 5 students wowed their parents as they presented their Exhibition research findings.  Students expressed their learning and ideas through a range of media (Visual Arts, Language, Mathematics, IT and even interactive games).

The Exhibition marks the culmination of learning throughout the PYP and the Grade 5 students certainly demonstrated a range of skills they have developed throughout their learning journey.

Many thanks to all of the parents who helped as experts, chaperones for field trips and for supporting students at home.  Thank you also for the wonderful finger food provided on the Exhibition Evening and the cake which was shared among students, staff, mentors and parents following Friday’s Exhibition session for the school community.



Kate von Gizycki, PYP Co-ordinator


Grade 10 students travelled to Winterberg in the Hochsauerland region for Week Without Walls.

Baking Stockbrot over a crackling fire on the first evening after a forest walk and a challenging mountain bike tour up “Kahler Asten”, the highest mountain of the Sauerland region (8oo m) on the following Tuesday morning were the first three activities for the students and their teachers.

On Wednesday morning the group split up into two teams. Half of the group were doing archery while the other half practiced steering Segways. Our instructor was very pleased with our skilled students: Segways are steered only by shifting your body weight and by tipping the handle gently to change direction.

A walk across Panorama Bridge and several rides on a Sommerrodelbahn kept us busy on Wednesday afternoon.

If you want to know what a Sommerrodelbahn is, watch Mr Ledbetter on his way down on the H.I.S. Facebook page!

The students explored the forest in teams of 6 doing a GPS guided tour on Thursday morning. For our last activity in Winterberg we took off the ground and spent the afternoon high up in the trees.

The enormous amount of fresh air throughout the week helped us all sleep well (more or less…). A huge thank you to the students for their incredible sense of humour, positive attitude and for being risk-takers and for supporting and looking after each other.

Many thanks to my colleagues for chaperoning the trip, for lighting fires, sweeping floors, for their organisational skills, for singing, dancing and for entertaining the whole youth hostel.

text: Anke Schumacher





At The Radio Station in Frankfurt

5 Stunden für 3 Minuten - Klangforscher im HR

Wie klingt es, wenn ein “Morgenmuffel” sich auf den Weg zur Schule macht? Oder: Wie erzeuge ich künstlich den Eindruck, dass jemand durchs Telefon spricht?

Diese und andere Fragen mussten sich die Schüler des GLL 9/10 Deutschkurses der Heidelberg International School im Rahmen des Klangforscher Projektes stellen.

Die wichtigste Phase des Projekts haben die Schüler  hinter sich gebracht! Am Samstag haben sie in einem Tonstudio des HR (Hessischer Rundfunk) in Frankfurt geschuftet. Mit professioneller Unterstützung eines Toningenieurs des HR, gaben die Schüler ihrer Klangkomposition den entscheidenden Schliff.

Unglaublich aber war: für eine kreative Soundkomposition von 3 einhalb Minuten Länge braucht man 5 Stunden im Tonstudio, bis alles professionell bearbeitet ist. Die “Atmo”, die “Blende” und der Sound an für sich müssen immer wieder angepasst und verändert werden. “Schritte auf Kies” hören sich völlig anders and als “Schritte auf Holz” und es ist hörtechnisch ein gewaltiger Unterschiede ob jemand geht, läuft oder rennt.

Das Geräusch von fallenden Münzen beim Hauptgewinn im Spielkasino muss da schon mal herhalten, wenn man dringend den Sound der Münzrückgabe eines Fahrkartenautomaten am Hauptbahnhof braucht. Das Zuschlagen einer Haustür muss stimmen – eine Zimmertür aus Holz klingt völlig anders.

Ein ganz herzliches Dankeschön dem Hessischen Rundfunk und unserem geduldigen Hörfunkspezialisten und natürlich unserem Mediencoach Klaus Schüller, der uns ebenfalls den ganzen Tag in Frankfurt unterstützt hat.

Den Schülern möchte ich für ihre kreative Energie und ihre Ausdauer danken – es ist eine fantastische Leistung bei einem Projekt auch die  anstrengenden Durststrecken durchzuhalten und aktiv mitzumachen. Ich freue mich schon auf euer fertiges Gesamtkunstwerk.

Anke Schumacher


Anna, Kees and Margit visited H.I.S. today. They enjoyed their “walk down memory lane” very much. Anna and Kees were students at H.I.S. in the school year 2013-14. Thanks for visiting – it was great to see you again!

photo: AS


PYP Information Morning

At the PYP Information Morning parents learned how subjects are taught as Stand-Alone and also through the Unit of Inquiry.  Grade 5 students supported the parents through several activities where they focussed on a particular Line of Inquiry, Why we should develop our own gifts, talents and interests.  They used the Key Concept Responsibility to drive their inquiries.

Parents set personal goals and considered which Approaches To Learning and Attitudes they would need to employ in order to achieve these goals.  Grade 5 students were ready to support and assess.

Many thanks to the parents who participated in our German, Performing Arts and Physical Education activities.  You proved that you are Risk-Takers!


Kate von Gizycki, PYP Co-ordinator