Chumbe Island

Sustainable Waste Management Campaign

As our activities at H.I.S. begin ahead of Environment Week (14-21 June) with the Environment Week Challenge Punchcards, our connection to Chumbe Island Coral Park, a protected marine area off the coast of Zanzibar in Tanzania, grows.

A chance meeting in the Weststadt, Heidelberg, with the marine park’s founder, Sibylle Riedmiller, has led to a burgeoning collaboration between Chumbe Island’s marine experts and educators, and the students and teachers of H.I.S. Grade 10 and Grade 2 have made contact with the island and have arranged Zoom calls with question-and-answer sessions on sustainable development and marine pollution.

As we prepare to work collaboratively on our most ambitious rooftop Mandala to date (kick off 7th June), with a design inspired by the turtles of Chumbe Island, and as our thoughts turn towards what we can do to reduce our environmental footprint, we have just received information about what is happening in 6 coastal villages close to Chumbe Island.

Chumbe’s Sustainable Waste Management Campaign has been working with 10 Waste Ambassadors from each community, with education and training culminating in 6 beach clean ups and the analysis of waste.The overwhelming majority of marine debris found during the beach clean-ups was degraded plastic and styrofoam. Each village has since been building a sculpture in their village using the waste they collected to tell their waste issue story. Here are some photos from the communities of Buyu, Chukwani, Dimani, KiembeSamaki, Kombeni and Nyamanzi. We thank them for sharing their ideas and photos with us.

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Over the past few months, students have done a lot of work electronically in the higher grade levels.
Now that they are back in school, in I&S (Individuals and Societies), students have had the opportunity to do more work by hand.
In Grade 9, students are currently doing an action component that involves creating a nature painting for a fundraising activity.
A Grade 10 student did her project work by hand, drawing the images and writing the text. The results were delightful. Homework is generally accepted in both, electronic and hand-written format. Students have the freedom to choose what works best for them.

Personal Project

Grade 9 develop first ideas

On Wednesday 19th May, the Grade 9 students had their kick off session for the personal project. 

The aim of this highly successful session was for the students to become familiar with the requirements of the personal project and to begin to develop potential ideas of their own to start the process.  Grade 9 students learnt about the process, documentation and presentation of the personal project report.

Th students looked at how the attributes of the IB learner profile support international mindedness and how they will be able to demonstrate the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills that they have developed through the MYP with the idea that they develop into independent lifelong learners.

We wish them every success on their personal project journey!


100 Acts of Kindness

Early Primary Students: "Hang in there!"

For the last few weeks Early Primary has been focusing, encouraging and emphasizing random acts of kindness. This week we just finished filling in our chart of 100 Acts of Kindness. Part of our celebration includes the EP students scattering little encouraging notes throughout the building.

Dear EP students,

Thank you so much for spreading your lovely little notes in the school building. I saw many students and teachers pick up notes and smile. What a wonderful idea to show you care about other people!