Message from Samantha

I hope all is well within the H.I.S. community and that the first few weeks of school have been a success. As promised I wanted to send you an update and some photos of our new life in Alsace, France, which we are absolutely loving.
We are temporarily renting a house in a tiny village until we can find something more permanent, so I have included a photo here of the boys outside the front door. The house is 323 years old!
We are slowly exploring the surrounding villages and area, and it is truly a very beautiful part of France that none of us knew before. The history here is incredible and the scenery is breathtaking.
Samantha and Julien with William and Maxence

Exordium 2020

Day 1

The Grade 11 class went on a two-day field trip, also known as the Exordium. The Exordium is a key feature of the Diploma Programme (DP) Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program and falls under the category activity. The Exordium was organized by the school’s CAS Coordinator, Birgit Kress, and Eventure’s leader, Klaus Herrmann. On the first day of the Exordium, we participated in a six-hour-long canoeing trip along the Neckar river from Neckarelz to Zwingenberg. The second day was filled with team building activities, high rope-climbing, and trust jumps.

Meeting at the Hauptbahnhof at 8 am, we soon departed by train to Neckarelz where we met with two members of the Eventure team. In groups of three, we took on the river in our canoes, where we spent the next six hours. It was at times incredibly tiring, but we found fun in our interactions and the beautiful scenery. Shortly before our lunch break, we went through a lock which took us into the portion of the Neckar with a lower elevation. We stopped for lunch at the river bank and enjoyed the beautiful views and afternoon sun while we ate. We were very lucky to have such nice weather. Our trip drew to a close as we arrived at Zwingenberg, where after the strenuous trip we hauled our boats onto the shore and enjoyed ice cream from the truck waiting for us.

This activity was quite tiring and definitely pushed our limits, however, it was still a very progressive team-building venture. With the very small current present in the river, our teams had to work very hard in propelling our groups of three down the river. To be able to do this for such a length of time, it was dire that our groups of three learn how to synchronize our rowing to achieve the fastest and straightest route.

While it did take some time to establish the correct form for each team, we all perfected our “ways of rowing” and focused on keeping a steady rhythm of paddling and conversation with our fellow teammates. Many groups even partnered up and connected with other canoes where one group was responsible for the left-side paddling while the other was responsible for the right. This also brought along many interesting hours as we attempted to perfect our rowing form while also being able to spend time with one another in a very close environment. Furthermore, these situations always present room for reflection. As improvements, many teams could have worked harder at keeping up with the rest of the class, as in many cases, a majority of the teams had to wait for the remainder to catch up from quite a distance. Despite this small hiccup the trip was quite successful and brought forth many laughs, though, many weary arms!

CAROLIN, KALEY, ALENA, LOUIS

Day 2 

On Saturday morning at 9am we all met up in the train station and by 9:30 we were on our way. After about a 30 minute train ride we walked around the town Eberbach for a few minutes before getting on the bus to the Eventure house in Mudau. At the Eventure house after rules and instructions were given the whole class and the teachers were all put in harness and helmets that we would later need for the high rope courses. We started the day off by doing some team building where we had to work together to create a plan. The goal of the plan was to find a way from point A to B walking along steel wires that were about half a meter from the ground. The class was split into boys and girls and both groups started from different points but had the same destination. In between these steel wires there would be useful things like ropes tied to trees to help us get across. If anyone fell off the wires into the imaginary swamp everyone had to restart from the beginning so any progress was lost. This activity took us a long time at first but when we found our plan that worked the pace started to speed up.

Once we completed the team building exercise we moved locations to the high rope course where we were given cow tails and instructions on how to properly use them. Then we all picked a partner to go through the course with which made sure each other were always attached to a rope while moving in between different courses. Once we started it was very clear that it appeared much easier than it would be. A few times some of us even got stuck but Mr.Claus came to the rescue.

Once everyone was finished we all met on a tall platform where our classmate Louis helped Mr. Claus while one at a time we descended down bouncing off a wall. The last activity we did required a lot of trust with each other. The task was to climb a ladder until we reached a platform which we would later jump off attempting to hit a ball. The reason this required a lot of trust was because we were hooked to a rope while jumping off but the rate at which we reached the ground was fully in the hands of the students. The rope we were hooked to was held by 10 classmates at the bottom. Not all the students participated in this as it was very scary. All the activities left the whole class very tired but at the end of the day before we left we all got pizza and drinks so we all ate and talked which left the class having an even stronger bond than before. The trip was a lot of fun and it was nice to be able to have this opportunity.

ANSLEY,​ SARA, NOA, GIULIA

Lilly and Alessandro

Thank you Rita, for sending us the following message and photo:

“Hope you are all fine and well! We are finally almost settled in Sofia and we are doing pretty well. Lilly and Ale started school and yesterday they were a bit nostalgic, nevertheless they love the new school and also the new disciplines they will study in grade 6 and in grade 8, like socials studies for Ale and creative writing for Lilly.”

 

A Good Weed for The Day!

Thank you to Grade 8 students who have helped to remove some of the weeds growing around school.

Within no time the class had filled two large buckets, removing weeds from the steps up to the gym roof, weeds from the playground and also weeds growing through the Multi Sports Court fence.

A great effort and a small Service as Action activity completed.

Weedy Well Done!

Mr Knowles

Message from former H.I.S. family

Many thanks to this former H.I.S. family who sent us a message. The “gift” referred to is a replacement of their H.I.S. Yearbook, which had been damaged in a rain incident at their house.

“We are forever grateful for the amazing opportunity our kids had – not just learning academics but practicing embracing even more cultures during their time at H.I.S. This gift from you is a reminder of those times that we will cherish forever. Keep up the amazing work and impact kids’ lives from all over the world!”

Paige and Enzo with Evelyn and Elias

(2017-18 & 2018-19)

 

 

Birthday Celebrations

H.I.S. in red and white

Red and white were the colours of the day, when H.I.S. students, staff and parents celebrated the 20th birthday of the school yesterday. It was a pleasure to see so much community spirit at a time, when organising events is almost impossible and we all have to think creatively of ways how to spark joy. Many thanks to the H.I.S. community for rising to the challenge and making the 20th anniversary a special day.

 

Corona Lockdown Eyewitness Reports

Students receive rewards for their diaries

Last school year, during their remote lessons, German students from the advanced language acquisition course produced their own “eyewitness reports” about their experiences during the Corona lockdown days.

The students wrote texts and diary entries, drew comics and recorded interviews in German about their daily routines and challenges during this time.

Annika, Lilly, Marie, Molly, Sára und Vivi sent in their reports to a competition of the Universities Gießen and Köln in collaboration with the Koerber Institut in Hamburg to build a German national archive about the Corona times (www.geschichtswettbewerb.de/mitmach-aktion). Their works have been saved there for posteriority and the students have now been awarded with a Certificate from the Koerber Foundation for their reports.

From Autumn this year, all entries will be displayed in the “Coronarchiv” (https://coronarchiv.geschichte.uni-hamburg.de/projector/s/coronarchiv/page/willkommen