Water Poster Competition

First Prize Awarded to H.I.S. Students

Two MYP German classes took part in a competition organised by Heidelberg iT, a local company. The competition was open to students from schools in Heidelberg and to students of the SRH university.

The goal of the competition was to raise awareness for the importance of water in our world. Students entering the competition had to create a poster addressing this topic in a creative way.

Our participating students produced posters on their own or in groups. Two H.I.S. student groups received an invitation to the award ceremony on the 22nd of March, World Water Day 2024, at the Heidelberg iT location in Pfaffengrund. With their posters “Neckar – Nahrung” and “Lass Wasser fließen, lass Leben sprießen” two groups of students won first prize.

“Neckar – Nahrung” pictures Heidelberg with and without water. Congratulations to Francesca, Noah, Alex, Hengija and Pablo!

“Lass Wasser fließen, Lass Leben sprießen” addresses the importance of water in a very poetic way and features a poem written by Dunsin.  Congratulations to Isabella, Dunsin and Bautista!

Both groups got a certificate and tickets for a basketball game of the MLP Academics Heidelberg.


Dig, Set, Spike!

Congratulations to the H.I.S. Volleyball teams who participated in the Heidelberg school championships just before Spring Break.

All of the students played really well during the tournament. The Grade 9 and Grade 10 boys’ team achieved 4th place overall, and the Grade 9 and Grade 10 Girls’ team won the silver medal finishing 2nd in their competition.

Well Done everyone!



This week the Grade 12 Visual Arts students held their Art Exhibition as a culmination of their two years of study.

This talented group explored themes as diverse as ‘Perception and Reality’, Culture, Design and Architecture. Paintings, digital photographs, sculpture and video were all on display for classes to visit.

We wish the students well in their future creative endeavours.


Producers to Consumers

Grade 1 Field Trip to "Gemüserei"

Grade 1 took a trip to a local garden shop to launch their ‘Producers to Consumers’ unit. With his vegetable project Alexander Passaro https://www.gemueserei-bodenleben.de produces vegetables for local consumers.
The Grade 1 class learned about seasonal vegetables, how Alexander takes care of the garden and how shopping there makes a thoughtful consumer.


Online meeting with scientist Alexandra Stripp-Rebak

Grade 10 students had the opportunity to meet Alexandra Stripp-Rebak, a scientist specialising in protein sequencing and mass spectrometry from Denmark.

A former IB Chemistry student, Alexandra is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Copenhagen’s Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.

This online session provided students with invaluable insights into the field of genetics, which is currently being studied in their curriculum.

Beyond the science, Alexandra shared vital career counseling advice, shedding light on the life of a scientist, the decision-making process behind choosing a career, and the intricacies of conducting research in the scientific community.


Pointillism Art

Field Trip to SAP Walldorf

The Grade 8 field trip to SAP Walldorf was an enriching experience that combined elements of coding education and exploration. During the workshop portion of the trip, students had the opportunity to utilize the SNAP programming tool to create pointillism art.

Through the application of looping code and hue sampling techniques, they unleashed their artistic flair. In addition to the workshop activities, students were granted a well-deserved coffee break (hot coco) to fuel their enthusiasm for the remainder of the day.

Following the workshop, a guided tour of the SAP premises offered students insights into a corporate environment. Lunchtime presented an opportunity for students to enjoy a meal at the SAP cafeteria. Overall, the Grade 8 field trip to SAP Walldorf was a success, leaving students with valuable experiences.


Slam Dunk!

H.I.S. Basketball Team Wins Tournament

Congratulations to both H.I.S. Basketball teams!  This week the Grade 6-8 team and Grade 9-10 team took part in the Heidelberg School Championships at the SNP Dome. The students were really competitive and thoroughly enjoyed the tournament.

The Grade 6-8 team lost 2 games but then won 2 games in their group and were unfortunate not to qualify for the semi-finals; but they played really well as a team.

The Grade 9 & 10 team also played really well and won all of their games winning the tournament!  Well done to all of the students who participated and gave it their best shot!


Camp Craft Weekend

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Grade 10 Students spend a night at school for their camp craft weekend ahead of their first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award practice expedition in May.

The students first practiced putting up their tents and then learned about the expectations and required equipment. They also practiced how to safely use a Trangia (a small camping stove) and discussed meals and what kind of snacks to bring.

A selection of meals had been purchased and the students had a choice of what they wanted to cook using the trangias. The students enjoyed the cooking and some had three or even more courses for their dinner followed by even more snacks.

Later in the evening route cards were planned, and map reading was practiced with the aid of a compass. The students planned their route from school through Heidelberg, up to the Weißer Stein in Dossenheim and down to Schriesheim.

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast of porridge and Nutella sandwiches, they set off, following their planned routes. Both groups of students reached Weißer Stein in good time and headed on towards the end point.

After this successful weekend we look forward to continue working with the students and seeing them develop their skills further over the next few months.

Personal Projects

Presentation Evening

The Grade 10 students proudly presented their personal projects to the H.I.S. community at the presentation evening. The well-attended event was a successful celebration of the students’ completed projects.

A wide range of topics was addressed by the different projects on display: Basketball and football, 3-D modelling of sports shoes, paper airplanes, neurodiversity, creating an online business, anthropology, art based on Frida Kahlo, camouflage and music.

We are proud of our students’ professional attitude, excellent presentation and communication skills.

Many thanks to parents, students and staff for supporting the event and especially to all Personal Project supervisors who supported the students throughout the process and helped them prepare for the presentation evening.


The Tale of the Little Mermaid

A visit to the theatre

The Grade 6 and the Grade 7 students visited an inspiring performance of The Tale of the Little Mermaid at the Heidelberg Zwinger Theatre this month.

The award winning play is a free interpretation of the fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen by Roland Schimmelpfennig. Roland Schimmelpfennig, one of the most frequently performed contemporary playwrights in Germany, adapted the classic fairytale to create a contemporary tale about the experiences of refugees.

Dreams, wishes and identity were some of the topics addressed. Watching the play on stage was a great opportunity to gain new insights and discover another layer of meaning of a well-known fairytale with a modern twist.

Produktion: Theater und Orchester Heidelberg: Das Märchen von der kleinen Meerjungfrau, Spielzeit 2023/24

Fotografin:  Susanne Reichardt

Darsteller: Leon Wieferich, Timo Jander, Maren Kraus