Happy Holidays from Konnie

Konnie still loves to collect things on our walks.

He has really fast recall.

Konnie is losing his winter coat at the moment.  This is great for him, but not so great for our furniture!

Time for a rest.  Happy holidays everyone!


Wellness Break & Staycation Ideas

MYP Students, still in distance learning, spent this past Wednesday afternoon, seeking to unplug and Take a Break.

We are proud of our students, teachers and parents who have endured over 3 months of distance learning and are looking forward to a much deserved rest. The activities listed are a good reminder and promote balance and wellness for each of us.  We trust that new healthy habits and experiences will blossom as you each practice some self-care in the weeks ahead.  Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Earth Hour 2021

Please join the H.I.S. community as we recognise Earth Hour this weekend. This global celebration will give some of our students an opportunity in science classes, along with students in other local schools, to discuss sources of energy and the cost of our energy use on the environment. Around the world, families, organisations, and businesses are invited to show solidarity with those working to reduce our energy footprint on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm. There are many digital ways you can learn more, connect and take part. Visit: https://www.earthhour.org/

Grade 7 Science Project

Special Guest: Richard Thornley

The most recent Grade 7 online Science lessons were spent researching the chemical elements of the periodic table and their compounds.

Grade 7 scientists had to prepare a CV (Curriculum Vitae) and letter of motivation for their favourite element, explaining why the chosen element deserves to be in the periodic table.

When the students were celebrating the end of the project, zoom “intruder” Richard Thornley joined the class, as a fun surprise. Well known among IB Chemistry students, Mr. Thornley, currently residing in Prague, shared his knowledge of the chemical elements with the students.

Mr. Thornley and the students enjoyed this fun finish of a Science Teaching Unit.


H.I.S. Can You…Challenge

Congratulations to the champions and all participants

Over the February break, many students and their families participated in our first ever school wide challenge over Seesaw. The PYP staff collaborated, and asked the students, “Can you…” complete 12 tasks?

The tasks required the students to get outside, find various things in their surroundings, and take a picture, just like a scavenger hunt. For example, Fr. Staeves asked, “Can you point to a house number that shows how old you are?” and Ms. Fudge asked, “Can you find a shelter?” Thank you to all those who took place in the challenge.

A total of 22 students were able to complete all 12 tasks, and can now call themselves champions of the “H.I.S. Can You… Challenge.”

Congratulations to the following students:

  • From EP: Greta, Hector and Masahiro
  • From Grade 1: Lea and Sophie
  • From Grade 2: Dani, Sissi, and Yui
  • From Grade 3: Aariv, Aras, Giuseppe, Lionel, and Emilie
  • From Grade 4: Daniel, Lilou, and Nashwa
  • From Grade 5: Aiden, Asmi, Chaitrail, Ella, Marta and Sanpi

A Scientific Journey Back in Time

Grade 7 Science Project

During the long lockdown, Grade 7 students worked on a creative task. They had to go back in time to the 19th century and take on the role of Dimitri Mendeleev. He had to convince The National Science Foundation (NSF) in a letter that his periodic table was correct and made sense.

All letters were very creative and had a lot of evidence in support of his genius predictions. Enjoy the example below by Luna:

Dear NSF,

I have been informed that you think my work is not accurate and it does not make much sense, I am writing you this letter to try and convince you that my theory is correct and you should take another look at my periodic table.

For many years, scientists have been trying to find a way to sort the elements, and maybe that has not been possible because they have been looking at it from the wrong perspective. I believe more elements will be discovered and that is why I have blank spaces in the periodic table. 200 years ago, people believed that all the elements that had been discovered but  now we know that was not true. That is the reason they were not able to design a good periodic table. I have ordered the elements in a certain way, so there are gaps in between the elements, thinking that’s where the ones that have not been discovered will go. Our theories always change, because we discover more and more every day.

I have organized the elements by atomic mass. Atomic mass is the weight of an atom in an element. With the way, I organized these elements I can predict the atomic mass of an element, what it looks like, its melting point, and how much a cubic centimeter of it will weigh. And that is all just from where it is located in the periodic table. I have grouped elements, by their physical properties. I found a way to group both atomic masses and physical traits. If you look horizontally at this table, you can see elements that increase by atomic mass. If you look vertically, you can see how elements with similar physical properties are grouped. If you look horizontally, the elements are organized periodically, that is why I am naming this the periodic table.

I started grouping the elements with similar physical traits. With this, I have made 8 groups. After I separated them into groups, I looked at their atomic masses. In the groups, I found elements with similar atomic masses. I then organized the elements by atomic mass horizontally and I saw that the distance of atomic masses between two elements was too big, so I left a space for an element to be added. When I organized them by atomic mass, I kept in mind I wanted them to be grouped with similar physical traits. This where I saw how I was able to organize them so that both of those things were possible. I simply organized them by atomic mass horizontally and I grouped them by physical similarities vertically. These were my results.

In my periodic table, I have left a gap for an element that I have named Eka -aluminium. I have named it that because it is located under Aluminium. Just from where it is located in the periodic table I can tell you all about it. Its atomic mass will be 68. One cubic centimeter of it will weigh about 6 grams. It will be a shiny metal at room temperature and it will be able to conduct heat quite well. The melting point is very low, it is at approximately 30 degrees Celsius. It can be flattened and stretched.

In a couple of years, we will discover a new element and I will have a space left for the element in my periodic table. For many years we have been trying to find a good system and we have not been able to do that, because we thought we had discovered all of them, but I assure you there are more. Mathematically, there must be more. No scientist has ever given you this much detail and is so sure about what he knows, what he is doing, and what he is predicting.

Please give me a chance and in a few years, when more elements will be discovered, you will be glad that you trusted me.


Dmitri Mendeleev



Mindful Mondays

Stay in Ship Shape with Arf's sea shanty

Our primary children have been able to stay in Ship Shape with a little help from Mindful Mondays and another sing along with our friend Arf.

This week and last the children, who needed to stay home, were invited to sing a sea shanty that reminds us of skills that work; (those treasures) that make going back and forth from school to home a little better.  And we learned how to draw our own ships as we continue on this journey together. As you can see and hear, our boats are in Ship Shape as we believe better days are soon ahead.

Click for H.I.S. Shanty: