Konnie has been attending a weekly puppy group and has done so well that he has been moved into the young dog group. During these sessions, we both learn important commands and he gets to socialise with other dogs.
At the weekend, Konnie passed the suitability test to be entered into the year-long Therapy Dog Training course. He did extremely well on most elements of the test, but along with the other dogs on the course, he will need to learn new commands and skills. The first module starts this coming weekend.
Staff members and some Grade 12 students continue to take Konnie for short walks during the day. He loves his trips outside and all the dog walkers try hard to ensure there is consistency in what they do with Konnie. For example, he always walks on the left-hand side.
Konnie still has a lot to learn. He is not yet 5 months old, but we are already extremely pleased with his progress.
Konnie travelled to Scotland on the ferry over the Winter Break. He loved his time on the beach in Amsterdam on our way home!
Over 30 parents and educators attended our workshop on November 13th. Our guest, Susie March, guided us through helpful ways to engage our children in a deeper understanding of body autonomy and sexuality. Susie also taught 2 lessons during the day and provided professional development for our primary teachers.
Susie has a website (1.) where you can gather some insight on items she shared with us. These resources point to the importance of having an open dialogue with your children about their bodies, about what makes a healthy relationship and about learning regarding our sexuality. In addition, you can review important guidelines supported by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and what is developmentally normal for your child at various ages (2). This site also supports the PANTS lessons that were introduced while Susie met with 2 of our primary classes.
Konnie had a lovely autumn break, visiting family and meeting new people. Although he did not like the lead at first, he is getting used to it and enjoys short walks around our neighbourhood.
Konnie had a visit to the school during the autumn break. He enjoyed walking through the empty hallways and trying out his bed in the Learning Support Room.
Today was his first official day at H.I.S. He was very excited and is gradually getting used to the busy sights and sounds in school. At this time, I will ask students to refrain from petting him. He is still learning and although he is very friendly, he does like chewing on things!
Before he interacts with our students, parental permission will be required. More information on this will follow soon.
Konnie is not yet trained as a Therapy dog, but he already seems to have a calming effect on our students. As they move to the German class, next door, students have been very quiet and respectful. There have been a lot of smiles too!
text: KvG; photos: KvG & AS
We took Konnie home on Sunday evening. He was sad at times as he was separated from his parents and his siblings. Absolutely everything is new for him. He was really brave on the car ride home. Here he is having a break at the halfway point.
Once he arrived home, he immediately explored his surroundings and seemed very relaxed. He is becoming familiar with our routines.
He loves exploring our garden and playing with his toys.
He is only 9 weeks old so he still needs to sleep a lot.
Training has already begun and we are optimistic that he is a fast learner.
We have instantly become very popular in our village. Everyone we meet wants to stroke and speak to Konnie (short for Konrad).
Konnie will join us in school after the autumn break.
Many thanks to the whole H.I.S. community, especially the PTG, for making this possible.
text & photos KvG
Today, the 22 students in our class of 2019 joined over 169,000 students across the world to celebrate receiving their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results.
These students will join a community of over 1.85 million graduates, in 153 countries, who have all demonstrated the knowledge, skills and determination to address our greatest challenges.
Dr Siva Kumari, the IB Director General, extended her heartfelt congratulations to students worldwide receiving their results. She said “They have shown a thirst for knowledge, a determination to succeed and a conviction in their ability to take on their next best step equipped with high quality preparation.”
“Higher Education institutions and employers alike are telling us we need young people who can collaborate, communicate and think critically while creating new knowledge. Research suggests that an IB diploma prepares students with these skills. Our alumni are addressing the challenges humanity face with open-minds and creativity. I wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and for making our world better”, Dr Kumari added.
I am very pleased to offer my congratulations to all our students celebrating their achievements. For the fifth year running, H.I.S. has achieved a 100% pass rate. I thank our teachers and staff who ensure that every student at Heidelberg International School receives a high quality education and thorough preparation for the IB exams.
Secondary Principal & Diploma Coordinator
I regularly speak with students about social media because it is the primary way that many of us connect with each other. With all forms of communication, there are responsibilities that help people of all ages understand the necessary boundaries. Because social media communication is not face-to-face, a person may feel emboldened to write something that they normally would not say to someone’s face. The article (see link below) speaks about the ways one can deal with those who cross that boundary. I empower all our parents to discuss these options with their children in order to foster resilience and knowledge of the options that exist for those mistreated on Instagram and other social media platforms.
Lance Fortner, H.I.S. Whole School Counsellor
Ishikaa (Grade 10) has secured 4th place at the Neuro Science Olympiad and qualified for the Nationals to be held in Frankfurt on the 11th of May 2019. This was a well-attended event with 28 participants from various schools of South Germany. Ishikaa found the competition very interesting and would like to encourage other students to take part in this competition in years to come. https://neurowissenschaften-olympiade.de/locations/dno-heidelberg/
newspaper article: RNZ
text & photos: AM
In January, H.I.S. introduced students to our most recent ManageBac integration, BridgeU, a total university and careers guidance platform for global schools.
Students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 began using the platform, with grades 11 and 12 looking for university matches and grades 9 and 10 assessing their strengths and interests to identify career possibilities.
Since the initial roll-out of BridgeU with William Ledbetter, Lance Fortner, and Homeroom teachers, students in grades 9 and 10 have had further guided sessions; grade 9 and 10 students have worked to identify career possibilities, and students in grade 10 have looked at country requirements for university placement with regard to the upcoming selection of their Diploma Programme courses.
Students in grades 11 and 12 continue to work asynchronously on university selection and applications, respectively. Our goal is to make a difference in our students’ progression toward post-secondary education.