Noche Española

A Taste of Spain at H.I.S.

Estimada Ana, Anja, Carolina, Jorge y Sergio, gracias por la organización de la Noche Cultural Español. Lo que es un evento espectacular!

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Thank you for organising a wonderful evening, with excellent food (marvellous paella and fabulous pulpo a la gallega and…..!) Un sabor de España a H.I.S.


The highlight of the evening was the Flamenco Dance. Many community members proved to be risk-takers and  joined the professional dancer on the dance floor.



Muchas Gracias!

text & photos: CH, AS

Student Council President

Thank you Roberto for your exceptional leadership of the Student Council this year. We wish you every success in your IB Exams this spring, and in choices for life beyond H.I.S. next year.thanks-1Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 15.33.17“Being the Student Council President provided me with the unique opportunity to apply my organisational and leadership skills throughout the year.”

Roberto, Grade 12

All the colours of the rainbow

Grade 1 German Field Trip to Carl-Bosch Museum

On Tuesday 17th Februar, Grade 1 went on a field trip to the Carl Bosch Museum in Heidelberg, Schlierbach in order to visit the exhibition “Faszination Farbe”. We got a guided tour through the exhibtion where students were able to try out different things themselves.   DSC02551 Kopie   Students learned a lot about the different colours and how light is made out of the rainbow colours. Then they became real scientists in the laboratory conducting experiments with red cabbage. They learned how the “tea” made from the cabbage can change the colour by just adding different ingredients and how the colour is indicating if something is “sour” or rather “soapy”.DSC02574 Kopie  IMG_4185 Kopie
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The students really enjoyed the exhibition and the experiments as well as walking up the hill in order to get there.

photos & text: SST

World Read Aloud Day at H.I.S.


H.I.S. students will be celebrating World Read Aloud Day next Wednesday.  All students are encouraged to dress up to represent a book or book character.  The PTG is providing gift certificates at a local bookstore as prizes for best costumes!  Get your creativity going and dream up a great way to show off your love of reading.

Fasching – Karneval – Fastnacht, Helau und Alaaf

PYP Fasching Party at H.I.S.

Our Grade 5 students welcomed all PYP students to the annual “Faschingsfeier” on Wednesday, 3rd February. There was lots of laughter, a great variety of games, a parade through the school building, happy costume-competition winners and a yummy treat for all PYP (and Secondary students) waiting for our students in their classrooms after the celebration was over.DSC02352

KostümwettbewerbEverything was planned, organized and followed through by our Gr. 5 students as part of the German curriculum.Grade 1 fühlspiel

Malek (Gr. 4): I like it, but I had no costume. Having fun, dancing and playing is what I liked best. Sam (Gr. 1): I liked the costume competition most, because one of my friends won. Robin (Gr. 2): I liked the party, because I like having fun, doing the parade and playing the games. Calla (Gr. 5) I loved the party it was so fun, and having 1st grade doing our games was so cool. What I found a little tricky was preparing everything like the glittery bottles. Gefen (Gr. 2): The party was good. I like the dancing and I am happy that I won the competition! Lihi (Gr. 4): I like to dance. I think the party was fun. Gregor (Gr. 5): Die Feier war super, aber auch ein bisschen chaotisch, denn viele kleineren Schüler waren sehr laut und die Musik war zu leise. Generell war unsere Organisation okay.Blog 1

A huge thank you to Grade 5 and their German teachers!

Creatively Exploring Forms of Energy

Grade 4 Risk-Takers

Students in Grade 4 have been developing research, thinking and self-management skills by creatively exploring different forms of energy. Based on students’ inquiries, they worked in groups to research the form of energy that most interested them. After practicing research skills, groups worked collaboratively to decide on the best way to present their findings. This included making a plan, exploring how to use new forms of technology (for some) and evaluating their and their peer’s presentations. Below, you will see the Grade 4 presentations on sound, heat, mechanical, electrical and chemical energy.

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Some students decided to present posters. Throughout their planning and executing process, students focused on content, as well as the elements of art and the principles of design.

These student came up with a skit about mechanical energy. The doctor and her assistant has a lot to say about how potential and kinetic energy plays a role in rubber bands, springs and dams.

Mechanical Energy 2Students working on heat energy decided to write a song. Not only did they have to focus on content, song configuration and rhyme, but they also came up with the music and choreography on their own. 

One group of students chose to create a video. This group of students were real risk-takers because they were unfamiliar with the form of technology before taking on this new experience. Despite some glitches, this group showed commitment and enthusiasm. Except for downloading the video from the camera to the computer, this video is 100% produced by the Grade 4 students in this group.

See our FB Page to view the videos the students made:

text, photos and videos: FW

Chain Reaction Project

Grade 9 and 10 students are developing research projects

logoChain Reaction is a three-year project funded by the European Commission. It aims to develop Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) across twelve partner countries. Through this initiative, students are given the opportunity to develop a research project of their own choice in their schools.

The Chain Reaction project includes a national event to be run by each partner country.  This event will be an exciting celebration of science, allowing students to showcase and communicate both their progress and work and to see that of other schools involved in the project. Student presentations will encourage students to detail the inquiry processes they engaged in and share findings whilst being creative and imaginative through their presentations.  


All of Grade 9 & 10 science students have been busily working on their Chain Reaction Projects over the past weeks, with the conference coming up on the 15th March.  In each Grade there are three groups. At the conference, two groups from each grade will present their project to the public in the form of a large poster, whilst the third group will present their project by means of an oral presentation.


 On Thursday, Grades 9 & 10 gathered together and a spokesperson for each group briefly summarised their project to the other students.  The students were then asked to vote on which project they thought would be the best to represent the school in the competition.  The votes were counted and the following students will be representing the school at the competition on Tuesday 15th March to be held at the Pedagogishe Hochshule in Heidelberg.  

 Effectiveness of fertilizers: Hannah, Pavel, leo, Paige, Mica (Grade 9)

Harvesting Sound Energy: Jakub, Surya, Benita, Karol (Grade 10)

 With this in mind, they also have the chance to move forward into the international conference in May!



The students have completed all their practical work as after the break they will be working on their presentation skills.  Those presenting posters are to produce a large A0 size poster that summarises their journey through the project, including why they chose their project, how it to links to the wider world, their aims, results, conclusions, analysis and finally an evaluation.  This will take some planning!

 The group presenting will be producing a presentation that will be presented to not only scientists, but also students and teachers from other schools as well as members of the general public.

 All groups have a large task ahead of them in the next few weeks and we wish them lots of luck!


On Monday 1st February two members of the chain reaction project visited H.I.S and gave the students some tips on how to communicate effectively.

text & photos : SAB

Parents Experienced Differentiation

German Workshop

On Tuesday, 19th January 2016, parents were invited to wonder, see and hear how differentiation works in the German Primary School classes.

Together with a few students they were able to experience how our beginner and intermediate language learners in the GAL (German Additional Language) group can practice vocabulary using differentiated materials and games.

At another station parents and some students from the Grade 2 AGP (Advanced German Programme) group were able to improve their reading skills by playing various reading games (Lesespiele). Some Grade 3 AGP students showed how they can build up their writing skills by using different spelling strategies.

A variety of group settings, different set of materials, differentiated tasks and peer and/or teacher guidance are other ways to differentiate in German classes. There was an overall consensus at the end of the workshop, that it was helpful to experience how we teach German at H.I.S. Thanks for taking the time to join our workshop!
Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 15.12.14Elizabeth Vielhaber: Thanks for the session about differentiation in the German teaching. It was very interesting and helpful to me to see how the kids are learning. The school is clearly responding and helping kids at each level. I knew a bit from the homework and the communication with the teachers…but it was great to see it in progress with the kids. Thanks for the effort. Some parents cannot join these things, but we all benefit and also pass on what we have learned to others!!


Text: SH, EV