Camp Craft Weekend

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Grade 10 Students spend a night at school for their camp craft weekend ahead of their first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award practice expedition in May.

The students first practiced putting up their tents and then learned about the expectations and required equipment. They also practiced how to safely use a Trangia (a small camping stove) and discussed meals and what kind of snacks to bring.

A selection of meals had been purchased and the students had a choice of what they wanted to cook using the trangias. The students enjoyed the cooking and some had three or even more courses for their dinner followed by even more snacks.

Later in the evening route cards were planned, and map reading was practiced with the aid of a compass. The students planned their route from school through Heidelberg, up to the Weißer Stein in Dossenheim and down to Schriesheim.

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast of porridge and Nutella sandwiches, they set off, following their planned routes. Both groups of students reached Weißer Stein in good time and headed on towards the end point.

After this successful weekend we look forward to continue working with the students and seeing them develop their skills further over the next few months.

Personal Projects

Presentation Evening

The Grade 10 students proudly presented their personal projects to the H.I.S. community at the presentation evening. The well-attended event was a successful celebration of the students’ completed projects.

A wide range of topics was addressed by the different projects on display: Basketball and football, 3-D modelling of sports shoes, paper airplanes, neurodiversity, creating an online business, anthropology, art based on Frida Kahlo, camouflage and music.

We are proud of our students’ professional attitude, excellent presentation and communication skills.

Many thanks to parents, students and staff for supporting the event and especially to all Personal Project supervisors who supported the students throughout the process and helped them prepare for the presentation evening.


The Tale of the Little Mermaid

A visit to the theatre

The Grade 6 and the Grade 7 students visited an inspiring performance of The Tale of the Little Mermaid at the Heidelberg Zwinger Theatre this month.

The award winning play is a free interpretation of the fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen by Roland Schimmelpfennig. Roland Schimmelpfennig, one of the most frequently performed contemporary playwrights in Germany, adapted the classic fairytale to create a contemporary tale about the experiences of refugees.

Dreams, wishes and identity were some of the topics addressed. Watching the play on stage was a great opportunity to gain new insights and discover another layer of meaning of a well-known fairytale with a modern twist.

Produktion: Theater und Orchester Heidelberg: Das Märchen von der kleinen Meerjungfrau, Spielzeit 2023/24

Fotografin:  Susanne Reichardt

Darsteller: Leon Wieferich, Timo Jander, Maren Kraus



Primary school students from Grade 3 and Grade 4 have recently played Fußball  in the city championships for schools in Heidelberg.

The students had a great day but were really tired at the end having played 6 matches. After getting used to the competition the team did manage to draw in the last game, and tried their best on the day.

Thank you to all of the members of the team that took part and to the PTG for helping to organise the new sport kits!


Expressive Painting

Is there such a thing as "bad" art?

MYP students may have come home talking about the visiting artist Anna Baer calling their art “bad.”

What is a “Bad Art Party”? 45 minutes of painting without the pressure for perfection. Trying to make “bad” art. It’s harder than it sounds. Making bad art, being okay with making bad art is part of the artistic practice. Feeling free from fear of failure allows us to play and be expressive without the pressure for perfection. 

Students in Grade 6, 8 and 10 have finished their art residency with Anna Baer. They have been expressive risk-takers with abstract paint in the H.I.S. art studio. 

Grades 7 and 9 have joined Anna Baer and had a “Bad Art Party” to start off the expressive time together. The students have not only been making “Bad Art” but have also been exploring their own concepts and communicating their ideas using the elements and principles of art as a recipe for an expressive painting. 

Thank you, Anna Baer, for leading our Secondary students in creative play and expression. 

Anna is hosting an Open Studio event this Saturday, 10.2.2024, from 15:00 – 18:00 in Heidelberg, Hauptstrasse 107, Heidelberg, 69117.  She will welcome visitors for a sneak peek at her new collection of large scale artwork.

Visit for more information.

Dental Health Workshop

Students from Early Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 visited the dental health department of the Heidelberg University clinic in Heidelberg for a workshop.

The workshop, provided by the University of Heidelberg, gave students the opportunity to enjoy a play about dental care, to  have a dental health check-up and a fluoridation treatment. It was certainly a fun and learning experience. The students were able to explore, practice and inquire about the different materials used in a dental practice and how to prevent tooth decay.

We thank Heidelberg University for this wonderful opportunity.


Leonardo da Vinci

A transformative journey for Grade 11 students

The Grade 11 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class recently embarked on a transformative journey through the ‘LEONARDO DA VINCI Ideen zum Staunen’ Exhibition, immersing themselves in the genius of the Renaissance polymath.

The exhibition’s focus on da Vinci’s seamless integration of mathematics and natural sciences provided a tangible connection to TOK curriculum areas. Beyond being an educational experience, the visit became a wellspring of inspiration for the students as they commenced planning their own TOK internal assessments.

The exhibition’s interdisciplinary perspective sparked discussions and critical thinking, leaving the class with newfound enthusiasm and insights into the authentic inquiry and holistic knowledge creation necessary for their upcoming TOK exhibitions. The echoes of da Vinci’s genius continue to guide them on a path of intellectual exploration and discovery.