Parent Workshop: The Balanced Child

Lance Fortner, Sandra Hohenwarter and our guest speaker, Silke Krämer welcomed a large number of parents and teachers to the workshop on “The Balanced Child”.Silke Krämer, a trained reflex-integration therapist and child/youth coach, added very interesting information about the importance of a solid physical and social/emotional development in order to be successful in school and life.Please check out the next newsletter on Monday to read a short summary about today’s presentation.

Please mark the date for the next parent workshops from the Student Support Team:

February, 7th (during PTG coffee morning): Transitions Part II (Susan Hoeck – Buehler)

February, 23rd (Friday, 08.30 – 10.00): Executive Functions (Sandra Hohenwarter)

March, 23rd (Friday, 08.30 – 10.00): “My child is going through a difficult phase. What can I do?

(Guest speakers:  two psychologists working for AKJP in Heidelberg)


Text: SH

Almost Maine

M.A.D. Nights at H.I.S.

On the second M.A.D. Night Grade 9 performed “Almost Maine”. A huge “thank you” to all students and their supporters for the professional and highly entertaining performance.

Here are the students’ thoughts about their performance:

“It was the most amazing experience, the feeling backstage, everyone supporting and comforting each other was great. We didn’t  only perform a successful play but also grew closer as a class. Thank you Mrs. B for everything. We all enjoyed it and are looking forward to doing it again.”“It was great seeing al of our hard work coming together after many weeks of work.”

“I really enjoyed the play and I’m really proud of all the hard work we put into it.”

“At first I was nervous, but after being on stage all the nervousness left me. It’s an amazing feeling to be up there on stage with all the lights and sounds and everyone watching you. It makes you feel so powerful.”“Unfortunately I couldn’t be in the play but I can say that I am really proud. They did an amazing job. I got the job of informing the audience which  was an amazing experience. It was a great show.”“Overall it was an amazing experience! I loved every minute of it. If I could do that every day, then I’d be happy for a long time.” (Grade 11 backstage manager)


comments: Grade 9, Grade 11; photos: AS


Visual Art Exhibition

M.A.D. Nights at H.I.S.

“Music”, “Art” and “Drama” are put together for 2 M.A.D. Nights at H.I.S. every school year. MYP students demonstrate their achievements in Performing and Visual Arts.On both nights, students, parents and staff had the chance to walk through an exhibition with art work produced by students in Grade 8 and Grade 10.

A lot of the artists were present at the exhibition and explained the ideas behind their work and the techniques applied to produce the work.

Congratulations to all artists and their Art teacher for their achievements.

text & photos: AS


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

M.A.D. Nights at H.I.S.

As part of their Performing Arts Course the students of Grade 7 put Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on stage.

The students succeeded in enchanting everybody present by taking their audience onto a journey into the world of “Oberon” and “Titania”.

Here are some thoughts from the students about their performance:

“Our experience was really wonderful as the teachers motivated us every time we felt nervous or messed up. But on the last day we started of nervous and by the end of the show we were relieved and we also managed to impress our large audience.”

“I thought the day was fun and exciting. It felt good to have this experience. It was kind of intimidating to see the amount of people sitting in the audience.”

“The hardest part was to act like the character and to learn lines and queues. We weren’t perfect in the play. But the play was good and that satisfied me.”

“I think it was a really good experience and this helped me to be less afraid of things. It was really fun.”

“There were a lot of mistakes, but I think we did a good job of hiding these.”

“The play was very stressful to perform in front of this large audience. I could feel myself shaking on stage! Despite all the stress it was an incredible performance that we put on together and I had a ton of fun acting in it.”

“MAD Nights was good and scary. We had a ruff time learning lines but it was fun. The whole class had a chance to work all together. Everyone was nervous about going on stage but in the end the play was successful.”

“I thought it was stressful at first but after my first scene because it went well I had more assurance for the next scenes. Also on the day of the play everyone was being nice to each other and this definitely helped our performance.”

“We could never make the pay perfect because in every rehearsal each of us mad at least one mistake. However, the good part is that the audience did not notice mistakes.”

“The night of the performance was crazy. We had so much to work out. People were having minor break downs but everyone was there for each other. You could tell that all our hard work paid off on the night. There were some mistakes but everyone pulled through and no-one noticed. I think we did and amazing job.”


comments: Grade 7 – text & photos: AS

Science Field Trip Grade 7

On Wednesday 17th of January, We (Grade 7) went on a field trip to the Carl Bosch Museum and the packaging museum with Mrs. Albenna and Mr. Clark.At the Carl Bosch Museum, we were spilt into two groups. One group made the electromagnetic motors first. Meanwhile, group two learnt and tried out the optical illusions and everyone’s favourite at the Carl Bosch Museum: the virtual reality exhibit. After we left the Carl Bosch Museum we went to the Packaging Museum on the Hauptstrasse.

 At the Packaging museum we saw some very old packaging and some very cool packaging and even something from the Titanic. It was interesting to compare it with packaging from today. We even saw a very old packing machine. In conclusion it was a great trip and I hope that next years grade 7s have fun too.


 Below are some of the comments from the students:

 –      The Carl-Bosch Museum was very fun because we built a motor from an electromagnet. We also saw a lot of optical illusions, which were really cool.  The packaging museum was a little boring, but we saw a lot of old machines and packages.

–      The field trip was interesting, the Carl Bosch Museum was cool and fun, but the packaging museum was a bit boring.

–      I thought it was a fun and exciting and I learnt interesting things.  The optical illusions were interesting and the packaging museum was entertaining.

–      The whole day was filled with fun and interesting events!  I think we all can agree that we spent our time well. I definitely learnt new things such as the “science” behind optical illusions and how to create my own electromagnet circuit. The virtual reality exhibit was really cool too!

–      It was interesting because we had a lot of illusions that were really cool and we did an electromagnet that was a little bit difficult.

–      Once we got to the first museum we made electromagnets then we walked and sang all the way back to the next one and then we came back to school

–      We learned how our eyes worked on optical illusions and made electromagnet circuits in the second round of the Carl-Bosch Museum.   It was interesting to learn the science behind it.

–      The museums were fun especially the hands-on stuff, the boys and some of the girls had so much fun that they sang walking down the Hauptstrasse

text & photos: Grade 7 & SAB 

Chemistry of War

Grade 10 are currently learning about radioactivity through the unit “Chemistry of war”.  To begin with students completed a short drama activity that outlined the discovery of radioactivity. It was about the history of radioactivity, and how we discovered its uses and dangers. The play covers the concept of ideas and evidence and drama was used as it very popular with pupils and can be used to stimulate discussion and debate. The play had six scenes, following the story chronologically, from the discovery of radioactivity, through Marie Curie’s research and the atomic bomb, to the modern use in treating cancer.The concept of ideas and evidence was developed and one of the big questions was about how ideas about the dangers of using radioactive materials develop and how context affects whether or not ideas are accepted. Through this activity they also developed the skills of communication, literacy, working with others.In class, we then had a discussion on nuclear power as well as nuclear bombs.  We looked at the difference between facts and opinions and looked at how we find evidence to support our facts and whether or not it is reliable. We examined and compared several newspaper reports and finally students completed the unit by writing a newspaper report of their own in class about nuclear power using notes that they had made at home. The students demonstrated a wide variety of the approaches to learning skills as described above. These skills have been developed by the students in all subjects over the years throughout the MYP Programme. It was evident that many of them are finally putting them to use independently which supports students for further education and a lifetime of learning.

text & photos SAB

Global Warming: Has Mother Nature Met Her Match?

by Eva, Grade 4

Science and Technology Department: Reporting from the Grade 4 class, Eva, has worked through the writing process – i.e. brainstorming, drafting, editing, writing a final draft and now publishing – to present you with this piece as part of our Unit of Inquiry: Plugged-In. Working with her editor, Martin, Grade 4 Out of the Box News is proud to deliver this article directly to our computers, phones and tablets.

Global warming is disastrous. If Mother Nature were a brick, global warming would be the pickaxe chipping at it. What I’m trying to say is that we should take action to stop it and here are my reasons why:

Reason 1: Beware, CO2 & temperature levels are rising!

Scientists who research global warming have been calculating the effects of global warming were mildly surprized that Earth’s temperature will rise from 1.1 degrees celsius (2 degrees fahrenheit) to 6.4 degrees celsius (2 degrees fahrenheit) by the end of this century. That means when I walk out my door in 2100, I will be wearing my air-con jacket for sure! Not just that but even now, plants and essential crops, like rice, are decaying, releasing methane, which is bad for the environment! But there’s worse…

Reason 2: Natural disasters will happen often!

“Breaking News! Hurricanes are happening everywhere!” …except in south east Asia. There are droughts there! See what I mean? You will be hearing that every day now! But noooooo! That’s not all! You will have billions of broken umbrellas because of peculiarly heavy storms. Yet no one cares about that. Do you go hiking? Well buddy, you’re going to need a budget for fire extinguishers!

The intense heat will cause more wildfires that will spread and spread and spread! Now, last but not least…

Reason 3: Sea level will rise!

Satellites have shown that the sea level rises by 3 mm every year! This is due to two things. 1.) Ice-sheets in Greenland will melt and float into the ocean. 2.) When water gets warmer, it expands, causing it to spread.

These are my three reasons why we should stop global warming. Please share this information with your family and friends.


  • Hart-Davis, Adam. DK Science: the Definitive Visual Guide. DK, 2011.
  • Howell, Laura, et al. Weather & Climate Change. Usborne, 2015.

Schüler machen Zeitung

Project in cooperation with Rhein-Neckar Zeitung has started

There is no better way to start a media project: Students of Grade 9&10 German Language and Literature Class celebrated the start of “Schüler machen Zeitung” by enjoying a “Zeitungsfrühstück”. The project is in cooperation with the local Rhein-Neckar Zeitung and Promedia. Students will receive their personal copy of the Rhein-Neckar Zeitung every day for 6 weeks. Reading and discussing news topics will be a central aspect of the German classes. The goal of the project is to learn how to research a topic, interview experts and write a newspaper article. The articles the students write will be published in the RNZ. I am looking forward to the contributions the students are going to make.

photos & text AS