Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

H.I.S. is proud to introduce a new and exciting experience for students in Grade 10.

The Duke of Edingburgh Award offers students the chance to learn new skills and to build on prior knowledge. It takes them out of their comfort zone and into a place where they’ll push themselves and have amazing new experiences.  The students will have the chance to build confidence, resilience, develop skills for work and forge friendships.

The DofE Award is regarded highly by Colleges, universities and employers world wide.

There are three awards bronze, silver and gold. They each consist of 4 elements (Service, Skill, Physical recreation & an adventurous journey) with an additional residential element in the gold award.  The students set their goals and work with an assessor to achieve them.

On Sunday October 10th, Grade 10 students took part in a practise hike in order to assess their map reading skills. They will need these skills for planning their adventurous journey sometime next year.

The sun shone as the students led the way with maps, but soon discovered that they needed more detailed maps of the area; they had not hiked as far as they had thought and had taken a wrong turn somewhere! Some local dog walkers helped them out to find their back the starting point, via a windy path through the forest.

There will be more practise hikes to come for the students as well as sessions on developing map reading skills and working with compasses!


An Apple A Day….

Continuing a tradition of the World Food Day at H.I.S., the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) provided all students with fresh, locally grown apples from the Schneider farm in Edingen-Neckarhausen.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away…”, is a well-known expression. According to the many health benefits of apples, there must be some truth in that!

A big thank you to the PTG for the delivery of the delicious and healthy treat.

What’s your favourite apple recipe?




World Food Day 2021

Last week the Primary and Secondary students participated in various lesson activities about food consumption.

Students had attempted to waste less food during lunch times and bring in locally produced food.

Food insecurity and the impact the food industry has on carbon emissions and the environment, were topics addressed in class.

Here is an interesting article about food security. The second link takes you to a Kahoot quiz, if you would like to test your knowledge about food facts.



Enjoy the “Food Characters”, created by Primary students.



Kindertag 2021

Visiting the Mayor of Heidelberg

Every year two students from each elementary school in Heidelberg have the chance to spend a day at the city hall of Heidelberg, to learn more about the services offered by the city.

This year 2 students from Grade 4 represented Heidelberg International School at the “Kindertag” (children’s day).

At various stations, they were able to gain insights into the work of the different departments of the City of Heidelberg. (for example the registry office, garbage collection, public library, police, road cleaning service and many more.)

Each student also gets to meet the mayor and has the chance to ask him questions.

Elisha and Paul shared their experiences in a detailed presentation in German class. Thanks, Paul, for spending your time to create the presentation and thanks to both of you for sharing your experiences of this event with us.



World Food Day 2021

Last year the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations celebrated its 75th year. Over the years the organisation has worked tirelessly to reduce hunger and make food readily available.

In the last few years many crops have failed. Many scientists believe that this is a result of climate change. Consequently more people have food insecurity; meaning they may not get enough nutritious food to eat.

World Food Day is on Saturday 16th October 2021. During the week beginning Monday 11th October, H.I.S. students in the PYP and MYP will be learning in their classes and homerooms about the challenge of a world sustaining agri-food system to ensure nutritious and safe food for everyone. They will participate in several learning activities in the week and will hopefully identify some individual actions they can choose to help the situation.

Please ask your child what they learned about World Food Day and also support them by encouraging them to eat all of their snack and lunch during the week (no food waste) and by bringing in locally produced food for at least one of the days for their snack or lunch.

You can also get your child to enter the FAO World Food Day Poster Contest. Here is the link:  https://greatyop.com/world-food-day-poster-contest/

Our actions are our future – Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life“.  (Food Agriculture Organisation 2021)

Thank you for supporting World Food Day.