Healthy Digital Citizenship Workshop

We were delighted to bring back experts, Frau Kegler and Herr Bubenitzschek with Digitale Medien, to deliver a workshop for our Grade 7 students over Zoom last Thursday.

Grade 7s discussed healthy habits regarding access to social media platforms, review of age ratings, German laws and legal advice, healthy amounts of screen time, the social structures that precipitate cyberbullying and potential abuses, video scenarios around responsibility, and the possible exploitation and risks involved when meeting new people virtually.

A special THANKS to Charlotte who graciously provided translation for our guest speakers when needed.

Here are some helpful weblinks that provide details around these valuable topics.

English language websites:

German websites:


Photo: LF

Personal Project 2021-22

Many Congratulations to the Grade 10 students for the completion of their Personal Projects; a milestone that indicates that they have finished an important part of their education.

The Personal Project is a very important aspect of the MYP, and the process the students have gone through these past months has helped them gain skills that will support and prepare them for some of the challenges that they may face in the Diploma Programme.

Despite not being able to have a Personal Project Evening, many students still shared their products by presenting via zoom classes. We were treated to virtual presentations on Belarusian culture and the Holocaust, live music, by a student who wrote and composed his own song as well as a short movie full of suspense and a video on digital art.

Other topics included:

  • Football strategies used by successful football managers,
  • ADHD
  • Fitness
  • Benefits if indoor plants
  • Building a GPS tracking system
  • How idioms reflect our culture
  • How to solve argument-based beliefs and opinions
  • Dyslexia
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Symbolism in art and film
  • Graphic novel writing
  • Cultural cooking
  • Short story writing
  • Mental health in the modelling industry
  • How to create suspense in a short film
  • Performing a song
  • Digital Art


Bye, bye!

Last day of school for Grade 12

Grade 12 students had their last day of school today, before they return to sit their final exams in May. In many ways the day was colourful and special.

It is an H.I.S. tradition for the youngest students to give chocolate ladybirds and cards to Grade 12 students on their last day.

In order to keep their distance, Early Primary students hid the ladybirds and placed the cards to be found and picked up by Grade 12.

Good luck with your exams Class of 2021!


“Silent Spring”

Happy Earth Day 2021

The students in grade 8 have been studying interactions between populations, communities and ecosystems as part of their Unit “Silent Spring”.

This unit takes its name from an environmental science book published in 1962 by Rachel Carson. This book helped everyday people see the dramatic ways our impact on the environment, through the use of pesticides, could ripple through ecosystems, worsening over time, and helped ignite a movement for greater conservation efforts.

Grade 8 took a break from their screens last week to observe their local environment and document examples of​​ interdependence and interactions within populations communities and ecosystems.

One student observed:

“The largest green tree is an apple tree, the tree with the white blossom is cherry, the smaller plants with the yellow flowers are wolfbane and the leafy green bush is a pink and wite rose.

There are many plants in the small space which leaves them all competing for space. Even though the plants are struggling for room, they each bring something to the garden.

The wolfsbane sap burns flesh so it stops any cats or people walking through the roses have thorns which stops people from accessing the apples which means they can drop their seeds easily.

The trees and plants give out O2 and breathe in CO2, and the blossoms have a beautiful smell which attracts many bees and butterflies in summer.”

“There is a pine tree, a second cherry tree and a wild pear tree. These three trees each take up a rather big space.

Pine is incredibly tall, cherry’s branches spread out and lastly wild pear has stayed slightly small because it is benign blocked by the two other trees.

The pine casts a huge shadow down on the ground and makes the soil slightly more acidic when the pine cones rot down. Which is the perfect easy for many plants to grow such as; clover, rose, and dandelions.

All three trees give out O2 and take in significant amounts of CO2.”



Wishing everyone time to enjoy the final arrival of spring this weekend!

Schüler machen Zeitung

RNZ Special Feature

The winner is …

It is a tradition at H.I.S. for the Grade 9&10 German Language and Literature class to take part in the annual “Schüler machen Zeitung” project organised by the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung.

The project entails a daily RNZ subscription over 6 weeks and the publication of student newspaper articles. Hundreds of students in the Rhein Neckar Kreis take part and submit their articles. Each year the RNZ team chooses those articles that are being published, the authors of the best 3 receive a prize.

It is a special honour if articles are published by the RNZ, and it is an even a bigger honour for students to be among those whose article win a prize. Congratulations to Vedikaa, who won second prize with her article about a professional dancer.

Despite of Covid19, every student of the H.I.S. German class created an article about a topic they decided to be of interest for the readers. Conducting an interview with an “expert” of the related topic is an integral part of the project.

Gregor and Anton (Grade 10) were the first to submit their article about the H.I.S. Waldpiraten Fundraiser, which was published in the RNZ on the 15th of December and on the H.I.S. Blog:

Today, in a separate special edition of the RNZ, 40 student articles were published and we are very proud that you can find another 4 articles of H.I.S. students among them. Well done Ella (Grade 9), Masha (Grade 10), Ava (Grade 9) and Vedikaa (Grade 9).


H.I.S. Library Week

Guest Author: Karen Parker

Next week, the PYP classes will meet Ms. Karen Parker, author of “Odd socks”, during the Library Week celebration.

Be ready to wear your odd socks when you see her in the library for a Zoom session.  We can also show her support by purchasing her published books available in Amazons DE.

Karen Parker’s publications: