MYP Firebowl Trip

On the last the day before the Winter Break, the MYP had a fun outing to Firebowl. Here are some photos and comments from the students.

Firebowl was a good experience and we enjoyed bonding with friends and bowling! – Nasya

I think the trip went pretty well. Also, I think it was a nice last day of school of 2018. – Joanne 

I really enjoyed the Firebowl trip. I feel like it was a chance to get to know people better and to just have fun. – May

I had fun on the Firebowl trip because I got to hang out with my friends and we had a bit more freedom. A lot of good memories were made. – Mabel

I enjoyed Firebowl; every minute. The atmosphere was fun and I had fun with my friends before the break. – Amir Gr6

It was fun because everybody did it. – Ichi

I liked the fact that it was the whole MYP because I have older friends so I could also hang out with them. –Lilly 

text & photos Gr 6 and HP

Waldpiraten Run Donations – Where did it go?

On the 13th of November, we visited the Waldpiraten Camp in Boxberg. If you recall, earlier this school year we had a Waldpiraten run, in which the whole school was involved.

We, students and teachers, ran under the hot sun for a few hours and donated money for each lap. Turns out, we collected 2805.38 Euros , the largest sum ever raised by the H.I.S community. The money was donated to the Waldpiraten Camp as H.I.S. has done so for years.

Sonja Müller, the leader of the camp, also gave us a tour of the camp and was astounded by the amount of contributions and was curious to know more about our yearly run to support their organization.

The Waldpiraten Camp is a place where children who are diagnosed with cancer or have disabilities can come together, share their experiences, and have a good time. A certain number of children join the nine day camps throughout the year, however mainly during summer months. They also have the chance to bring their relatives on specific weekends. The whole camp operates on government subsidies and donations similar to the one our school gave. The money we donated, according to Sonja Mueller (one of the social education workers at the camp), can pay the full stay for two children at the camp.

Along with giving our collections of donations, we also got a tour of the camp. Here are a few insights of the camp. The camp has a variety of facilities including:

  • Theater room/stage
  • Art room 
  • Color coded huts
  • Playroom
  • Playground
  • Football field
  • Cafeteria
  • Adventure park
  • Fire pits
  • Large pizza/bread oven

The organization emphasizes that all children taking part in the camp will be able to share the same experiences, as the different activities they provide have been adjusted to all conditions. For example, at the camp they have an adventure park in the trees where all the children can take part and climb along the obstacles. Certain obstacles that attach to platforms are constructed in a way that children in a wheelchair can also have the chance to participate and experience being high up in the trees. Sonja Müller, told us that there are also other exercises they perform on a rock climbing section, where the children that can see have to cover their eyes with a blindfold and then try to climb up the wall. It is important for some of those in the camp that are not blind to understand how difficult it is to do certain activities and also have the chance to experience it for themselves. By the end of their camp, the children end their exciting nine days with a disco party, which they all love to take part in.

 The camp, organization, and facility is truly another home for the children, that allows them to feel comfortable and at the same time, develop new skills through a variety of activities.

Thank you, H.I.S. community, for being “dedicated to making a difference” over the years by supporting the Waldpiraten organization and giving opportunities for children to go to the camp.

text: Kyra & Pritha

Grade 2 Forest Trip

On Wednesday, Grade 2 enjoyed a morning in the forest.  They started the adventure by gathering two objects or pieces of “treasure” from the forest.

With their hands behind their backs, the students gradually passed their object around the circle.  They had to recognise when their treasure came back to them, purely by touch.

Students explored their new surroundings and gathered nuts, cones and leaves.  Others worked as a team to build a shelter and some students made a mandela. 

Watch Grade 2 “Forest Teamwork” on the H.I.S. Facebook Page!

text & photos: KvG

Field to Douaumont, Verdun

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, students of Grades 9 and 10 and the History students of Grade 11 took a trip to Douaumont near Verdun in France.

The trip was part of an interdisciplinary unit combining the subjects History, Science and English.

Interdisciplinary units aim to deepen the understanding and enrich the learning experience of students by allowing multiple points of view of concepts or topics.


Douaumont is the site of the longest-raging battle of World War I and the visit brought real life context to the class room teaching. We visited the ossuary, military cemetery and the fort. It was a worth-while experience for students and staff alike.

text & photos AK


Journey Back in Time

Grade 1 Field Trip to Heimatmuseum Seckenheim

What a sensational day Grade 1 had last Friday! We went to the Heimatmuseum in Seckenheim; it was our first Field Trip and it was fabulous. We took the tram from the school and we walked a little until we stepped into an old house.It was filled with lots of old tools, which we had never seen before. We had to guess what those had been used for. But luckily our guides were very helpful and prompt to answer to all our questions (which were a lot). During our tour we stopped in a big room. Prepared for us with tablecloths and drinks for a snack. Furthermore, it was wonderful having the chance to make our own butter directly from fresh cream, really like in the past. Then we had to cut the vegetables and spread the butter on bread and ate it. It was so yummy!We took a picture of the whole class sitting on an old cart. It was so good to go there, and now we want to return even with our families!

text: LG

Grade 4 Extended Field Trip

Grade 4 are having a blast! We went on a beautiful bike ride yesterday and enjoyed the views. Then relaxed with some volleyball or rather sand burying before a delicious dinner and bedtime story!

We went on a walk to the small town of Trendelburg where we climbed up the Rapunzel Tower and enjoyed ice cream in the sunshine!

text & photos AB

Felsenmeer – The “Sea of Rocks”

MYP students climbed up and through the Felsenmeer challenging themselves physically and enjoying the natural surrounding scenery last Friday. There were 3 teams (Black, White and Red). Once at the top students within their teams were split into small groups of 4-5 people and they took part in a Rally where they had to find out specific items to learn some things about the Felsenmeer.

Students also took part in some more team building activities at the end.

 Grade 8 students commented on the trip: “The day was fun!” (David) ; “It was Great!” (Jack) ; “I got some bruises!” (Marie)

Everyone had a great day and some students have said they will go back with their families.

“It was a fun and good team building exercise. It was a little bit tough to climb but overall itw as very fun. It was great fun and a new experience. It was great fun and we we go to learn new things.” (Moritz, Hugo, and Akshat)

“It was fun and different.” (May, Mabel, Savvy, Joanne, Filiz, and Elin)

text & photos: HP, JK, Grade 6&8

Creativity, Activity And Service

Grade 11 CAS Workshop at Freiwilligenagentur Heidelberg

What are my interests and my skills? What do I want to do as service for CAS?

Together with their CAS Co-ordinator, Frau Kress, Grade 11 students went off to a workshop at the Freiwilligenagentur Heidelberg (Agency for volunteers) on Monday. The Freiwilligenagentur is an agency which brings together possibilities for community work in Heidelberg and people who want to do voluntary work. This organization works together with 200 different institutions in Heidelberg, and the current offers and needs are listed on an internet portal. The aim of the CAS workshop was, on the one hand, to inform the students about the work of this organization. On the other hand, the students were able to develop their “social profiles.”

The students worked in groups and presented their ideas and wishes. Frau Ebeling, who conducted the workshop, evaluated the student presentations and made some suggestions for possible voluntary activities in Heidelberg. The workshop was in German, therefore a lot of translation work was done by the native speakers. It was a long day with lots of information, but it is quite obvious that this is a great resource for the service component of CAS. Thanks to Mrs. Ebeling and the Freiwilligenagentur team for this great opportunity!

I thought that the workshop was extremely helpful as we learned about places in Heidelberg where we can do volunteering work that we are interested about. (Inigo)

I believe it was a positive experience in which we learned more about the things we like and where we can pursue our passions as part of the DP curriculum. (Ana)

photos: BK

Habitat For Humanity

The Last Day - A Remarkable One

The 22nd of June was undoubtedly a remarkable day. Although it was the last day everybody performed their highest effort on getting the required work done.

A few people continued plastering the walls, where windows will soon be placed by another group of volunteers. Others worked on getting metal bars installed on the roof, so the next stage of building can start. 

After the construction work was done a little ceremony was held. Everybody received their certificates and the families’ appreciation thanks to our hard work. The members of Habitat For Humanity told us that they were really happy with the progress we had done so far and that we made enough progress which was expected within the week. This progress is due to the collaborative work of the group members and the division of equal amount of work. 

Once the ceremony was finished we went back to Warsaw. We were given free time, which was a nice chance to explore the city some more and have an amazing dinner that we all deserved after an exhausting week of hard work. The 23rd of June was our last day in Warsaw. Most of the people went to the escape room while  a few others stayed in the city center. The Escape Room was a very fun but challenging experience. Each room had its own theme, one group tried solving the riddles for the Greek Gods, while another went on an adventure in outer space. After the Escape Room we split up into small groups and explored the city as well as its beautiful mall. The day ended with a farewell dinner for our host coordinator Magda, she was given a small token of our appreciation.

Aykut and Mica

Klangforscher Projekt 2018

"Ein Chaotisch Harmonischer Morgen" Wins Prize

Congratulations to Giulio, Ishikaa, Leoni, Mercy, Michael, Nahila, Pascal and Tyra-Ashley. The students took part in the Klang.Forscher! project organised by “Stiftung Zuhören” and  won a prize in the category “Music” for their Sound Composition “Ein Chaotisch Harmonischer Morgen“. After planning their composition and working on it with the help of a media coach in May, the students travelled to Munich for one day this week to take part in the celebration ceremony at the Bavarian Radiostation (Bayrischer Rundfunk).

10 Schools from all over Germany took part in the competition “Klang.Forscher!”. The students created a sound composition about the topic “Audioselfie”. A very challenging task: imagine having to do a self-portrait using only sounds!

A media coach visited H.I.S. for 3 days to support the students who decided to record the way to school of two very different students, both heading for H.I.S.

If you listen closely you will hear that one of the students is relaxed, enjoys the walk to school and takes her time, whereas the other student is running late, takes the tram and is not a morning person at all. Both students experience a typical morning, meet at school and enter the classroom. The sound composition ends with the teacher greeting one of the students… who do think this teacher is…? Listen and find out!

Ein Chaotisch Harmonischer Morgen

The students presented their composition to the students of all participating schools and were interviewed by a representative of the Bavarian Radio Station.

This is what the Jury says about the sound composition “Ein Chaotisch Harmonischer Morgen”:

Follow the link below to find out more about the competition and photos of our Klangforscher Team.

text & photos: AS