Helau und Alaaf!

Thank you Grade 5!

With great perseverance, organisational skills and a good sense of time, you managed to create a great carnival event at H.I.S. for our PYP students.

You came up with appropriate games, led them very well and led a fun parade across the playground, into the library and back again.

Our two presenters were naturals in front of the microphones.

Thank you again. Grade 5, you rock!

A big thank you also goes to the PTG – without them we wouldn’t have had the famous quark balls! Vielen lieben Dank!!! Sie waren sehr lecker!


A Taste of Business

Grade 5 Unit Market Forces

Grade 5 continues to explore the unit of inquiry, “Market Forces”, by developing their own business plans for a bakery.

Last week, students took advantage of the opportunities in our own community by going on a field trip to the Heidelberg Main Train Station. During this unit, Grade 5 has been exploring different ways to conduct research, such as interviews, observations and surveys.

A trip to the train station gave students the perfect opportunity to make observations of their “would-be” competition. Students took notes on products, layout and name design, as well as considered ideas they could use for their own businesses. While there, they even made plans for renting out an empty unit for setting up their own bakeries.

After reflecting on their findings, students wanted to know more about the tasty products found in the three bakeries in the train station. Building on their curiosity, Grade 5 explored how surveys can be used in meaningful ways by writing and participating in their very own food quality survey.

They started by writing a survey that could be used to compare mozzarella and tomato sandwiches from all three bakeries.

However, as they started tasting samples and completing their first survey, they quickly realized that the questions needed to be modified, in order to provide more meaningful data. Revised surveys were written for pretzel, croissant and chocolate muffin tastings.

Conducting research and collecting data never tasted so good!


Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Skill Training

Grade 10 students who are aiming to complete the  Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award have been learning “camp craft” skills to prepare themselves for their expeditions.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a youth award programme founded by the late Prince Phillip. The aim of the award is to develop interests and skills essential for life and work.  Students must complete and log hours of Service, Skills and Physical Activity.

In addition they have to complete some expeditions in small groups where they will have to hike and camp over a few days.  Last Saturday the students were in school and with the help of their teachers they worked in teams to build tents, cook using the Trangias (Thank you PTG), discuss the kit list and equipment needed and learn how to plan a route using a map and compass.

It was a lot of fun!  We look forward to the next event which is a hike that the students have planned in Neckargerach on March 13th.





Media Unit

The grade 9 & 10  Language Acquisition Class just finished their Unit: Media, Media!. The 17 students from 9 countries wrote an article together about typical events and traditions of their home countries.