Letter to the H.I.S. Community

The H.I.S. community is sad to say goodbye to Nuhaa, Zafir, Nür and Michael (read their letter to H.I.S. below). The family is moving on after having been a part of H.I.S. for 3 years. We thank them for their support and enthusiasm and wish them the very best for the future. Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 1.08.51 PMDear H.I.S.,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the amazing work you do at H.I.S.

We have seen Zafir and Nuhaa grow into strong, confident and hard working children. The IB Learner Profile has been perfectly suited for both of them and they have gone from strength to strength with all the hard work from their amazing educators. We feel confident that Zafir and Nuhaa have got the tools to take with them wherever they go and in some way be able to represent H.I.S.

We would like to thank you for always being open and approachable whenever we needed to talk, to understand our concerns as parents and to be able to guide us. Zafir and Nuhaa have been part of the H.I.S. family for 3 years and it is hard to see them say good bye to a learning environment that felt like home, where everyone knew each other by their name. So again thank you for helping us raise our children.

Thanking you kindly, Nür and Michael



Care for an eyeball? Delicious “finger food” was waiting for the party guests, if they dared to brush aside the giant spider watching over the entrance of the (haunted) Multi Purpose Room today. H.I.S. students found themselves in a world full of scary creatures, games, food and fun. The Parent Teacher Group did a fantastic job of throwing a party for the PYP students who decorated pumpkins, played games and put their hands into covered buckets guessing what type of monstrous surprise was inside.


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A huge thank you to the PTG for organising the party, to the MYP students who helped to run the games and to everybody else who contributed to the spooky event!

photos & text: AS




MCP Dinner 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the MCP Dinner 2015. This annual event celebrates the achievements of the last year by enjoying a three course meal and hearing presentations from previous and prospective trip participants.


Tickets are on sale on a pay-what-you-can basis between 20 and 30 Euros at H.I.S. every day after fall break at pick-up time (15:10).

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Grade 4 Robot Art

Grade 4 students have been exploring  the key concept CAUSATION through art. They worked through the design process to create their final product, experimenting with the use of 3D shapes and texture. Thank you to those parents who were able to help us with our robot art. The students’ work is now on display outside the Grade 4 classroom. Please come and take a look.

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 photos & text: KMO

Grade 12 Photo Exhibition

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” (Alfred Stieglitz) Discover the “realities” Haixu and Herman, Grade 12 captured with their cameras. Visit their exhibition in the H.I.S. Art Foyer this week and find out more about the students’ ideas and about the different techniques they used to produce the photos. Every single photo on display has its own story. Herman


photos: Herman and Haixu, Grade 12

Grade 1 Field Trip to Technoseum

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Grade 1 spent a day at the Technoseum in Mannheim. They first learned about paper-making: mixing pulp in a vat of water, straining the fibers out of the water with a special sieve, flipping the strained material onto a mat, and finally pressing the water out of the mat.

Each student got to take part in each step of the process. They then hopped on a “train ride through time” and discussed how an old-fashioned steam locomotive is different than the trams we rode to reach the museum. They looked at more “old things” and talked about how houses, cars, and even bathrooms have changed over time, then headed outside and played under the beautiful fall leaves!

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photos & text: TC


MYP Book Week Quiz

IMG_0468Presided over by the inspiring “mad-as-a-hatter” quizmaster, the MYP gathered
in the MPR for the 2015 Book Week Quiz. In mixed grade-level teams, they answered questions about famous first lines, solved character anagrams, and showed off their general book knowledge. Spirits were high as students racked their brains and worked together to try and get the top score!


Here is the winning team:


photos & text: HP

Speed4 Competition Results

H.I.S. student is "the fastest kid in Heidelberg"

Check out the Speed4 website for more information: http://www.speed4.de/stadt-news/speed4-schulmeisterschaft-in-heidelberg. All of the H.I.S. students that took part in the Speed4 Competition came back with fantastic results – Congratulations to all participating students!

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Grade 9 Field Trip to Heidelberg Cement Quarry

Bee hotels and homes for frogs

On Tuesday 13th October, Grade 9 visited the HD Zementwork Quarry in Nussloch.  They were taken on a guided tour of the quarry with the focus on environmental redevelopment of the quarry once mining is complete.

At the Heidelberg Cement quarry, we had the opportunity to learn about how they do their work but are still aware of the environment and try to preserve it. It was interesting to see how much Heidelberg cement does to protect the environment.” (Grade 9 student)

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These small muddy puddles are important ecosystems for toads and frogs only found in this area.


This stripe of land is barren because of the high content in poisonous metals in the soil. That was caused by ancient mining, not today’s.


These wooden tables are bee hotels meant to provide a home to the larvae of many solitary bees in the area. The adult bee makes a hole in the wood and lays an egg inside. The hole is also filled up with food for the larva. When the larva grows into an adult it leaves the bee hotel.


The bunker was used to store explosives. Nowadays it is almost empty. We learned that not so long back in the past, these places were very much watched because they stored large amounts of explosives.


This cliff is the result of mining, not natural action. However, such a wall became a habitat for some birds, which need to build their nests in cliffs.

Many thanks to Heidelberg Cement for the guided tour through the Nussloch Quarry.

Student comments:

It was very interesting to learn about the impact mining had on the environment.

I found the biologists explanations of how the company protects the environment surrounding extremely interesting.

“The guide showed us that the things that look common can be very rare.

I liked experiencing standing by the explosives bunker because it was very interesting to know that it was used so long back in history and I was able to be there.

The trip was very interesting, we learnt a lot.”

“I like that we stood on land that used to be a quarry and saw some traces of the quarry and how nature has taken its course.

photos & text: LQ, SAB, Grade 9