Last week students from EP all the way up to Grade 10 completed their fundraising physical activities during PE lessons.
If you remember, Grade 11’s had produced several excellent videos demonstrating and explaining the activities for each class. Early Primary students did running, Grade 1 to Grade 3 students did jumping jacks, crab walks, line jumps, relays and frog jumps.
Grade 3 and Grade 5 did star jumps, frog jumps and mini rabbit runs. Grade 4 did swimming because they had a Swimming lesson.
Finally Grades 6-10 did basketball shooting and throwing a ball into a box. Some students also threw a hula hoop over a cone instead. It was amazing to see how enthusiastic our students were in all of the grades during their PE lessons. One student in the MYP made 560 baskets in one lesson!
Well done everybody! Don’t forget to keep fundraising.
text & photos: JK
Dear parents, thank you for inspiring us to dress in Autumn Colours today. The warm and bright colours all around H.I.S. made today a cosy and special school day.
Thank you everybody for supporting World Food Day!
In the last week students in both the PYP and MYP had learned so much in class about issues concerning the distribution of safe food, the work of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN and how everyone of us can be a “food hero”!
Grade 8 joined the World Food Day Ceremony on Zoom. They listened to several speakers including Pope Francis, and several heads of the UN, who discussed work being done across the world and current problems in ensuring distribution of food for everyone.
Many students brought in local and seasonal food for their snack and lunch.
Many thanks to the PTG who supplied local apples to each class. They were big and crunchy and tasted delicious! This was much appreciated by the students and all of the apples were eaten.
Please remember to do your bit – eat seasonal and local and don’t waste food!
Grade 8 Homeroom Teacher
Students from Grade 11 and 12 took part in in the Virtual CIS University Fair, which proved to be a success.
The students attended live sessions with universities from Europe, USA and other parts of the world and benefitted from the unique chance to speak with Admissions Representatives of the universities they are interested in.
On 16th October 2020 students from Grade 10 and Grade 11 had the great pleasure to virtually meet with Khelan, a student admitted to Yale University.
Khelan elaborated on insightful tips about how to shortlist universities, the timeline of the successful application process, guidance about when and how to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT tests and last but not least – how to plan and successfully write the College essays.
At the end of the virtual chat, future University students from Grade 10 and Grade 11 felt inspired and hopeful that with proper and careful planning, they will be able to tackle college applications.
Grade 11 and Grade 10 students along with their H.I.S. Career Counsellor express their deep gratitude to Khelan for taking the time to give advice and wish him every success in his future studies of Physics at Yale University next year. And viel Spass during his stay in Germany.
Science Teacher and Career Counsellor
The Grade 11 German Literature Course translated a VRN (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar GmbH) Info Flyer into English.
Please see the students’ translated flyer below. Many thanks to the German course and their teacher for taking action.
On the 25th of September, the international Stuttgart Consulates hosted a night in which performers of various cultures held the stage to represent their country’s performing arts.
This included a variety of events such as fashion shows, dances, music, among others. The night also had stalls set up around the hall for people to go around and learn about the culture. The stalls involved food as well as information about the country and the respective Consulate of that country in the region. The event was funded by the ”Justizministerium Baden-Württemberg”.
I was lucky to be a part of this event and represent India through my dance known as Bharatanatyam. This is a storytelling dance form, used originally as a form of prayer, but now as a way of sharing Indian history and culture. Having been taught the importance of cultural awareness, I thought this would be a good opportunity to help others understand the origins of Indian culture through India’s oldest dance form. Through this event, I also learned a lot about different cultures such as Hungary and the Philippines, who had also partaken in the event.
It was a good experience for me as a dancer because it gave me more stage experience. Having prepared for this event for months, it felt very rewarding to get a positive response from the audience. Though there were a couple of mistakes, this only added to my strengths as I improvised a lot better during this performance than I had on the ones prior. This also served as motivation and inspiration for me to keep continuing to dance because I want to continue performing.
Konnie had a lovely weekend. He met a new friend on our walk. The Highland calf was very interested to see what Konnie was doing with a fallen branch.
He is still fascinated with sticks and even tried to take this one home.
After a long walk in autumnal weather there is nothing better than being able to lie in front of a roaring fire.
text & photos: KvG
Grade 2 is finishing the unit “Where in the World” this week, and the students along with their teachers and classroom assistant made origami boats as a final task for the unit.
When asked why they are making boats, some of the students said, “because we can travel the world with boats.” That was a nice answer to hear as they are getting a sense of what the unit was about.
text & photo: CT
On Tuesday 29 September, H.I.S. Student Support Services hosted a parent workshop entitled, “How to help your children cope with difficult situations.”
Dr. Preeti Purohit, from the Psychologische Beratungsstelle, Caritas in Heidelberg, shared with all of us about her work and the methods and strategies around supporting children to be resilient in these challenging times.
Here are a couple of reflections from parents in our community who attended:
“In times of uncertainty and rapid change RESILIENCE is a very important topic. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed the talk of Dr Preeti Purohit, a mother and a professional counselor at Caritas, on the topic of resilience this morning at H.I.S. In sharing her knowledge and work-experience, she helped in getting a better understanding of children’s basic needs in times of stress: A safe base, structure, focus on positive encouragement and honest conversations.
In her down-to-earth, lighthearted and engaging way she was able to alleviate feelings of overwhelm that often come with this topic and replaced them with clear guidelines and simple exercises that empower children and parents alike.”
“Thanks Lance, for arranging such a useful Parent Workshop with Preeti Purohit,on “How to help your child cope with difficult situations”. With all the changes the last few months have brought, it was great to get some new strategies and ideas to approach different situations.
Our kids (and us!) have had to adapt to lots of new rules and things they can’t do, so there were lots of good ideas such as helping focus on what their alternatives are for things they CAN do and ways to help them identify what they might be feeling so we can support them in a gentle way. “