Gut gemessen ist halb gewonnen!

Immer schneller und weiter – Students in Grade 6, 7 and 8 attended a Sport and Technique Workshop and Exhibition at the Technoseum in Mannheim.

During the workshop students took part in practical sports activities learning different ways of measuring sporting performance.  They then had to use their Math skills to calculate average scores and draw graphs.

In the exhibition, the students saw several exhibits and learned a little bit about the history of sports measurement and took part in some interactive activities measuring their sporting performance.

Well Done everybody!

 Mr Knowles

Heidelberg Heritage

Grade 7 Field Trip

Grade 7 students went on a field trip about heritage, where they explored the different traces of heritage, like landmarks or memorials, that they can find in Heidelberg. Each student had a landmark to talk about, and they gave a brief history of the landmark and how it relates to Heidelberg.

They began on the Alte Brücke, where the Heidelberg Schloss and Philosophenweg were visible. 3 students then gave a brief presentation about their respective landmarks.

Somewhere along the trip, they stopped at the Heidelberg university, where presentations were given about the Witch Tower, the University, and the Heidelberg Disputation (Martin Luther).

They then made it to the Kurpfälzisches Museum, where they were given a talk about the Romans, how they relate to Germany, different bits and pieces of pottery, and how they buried the dead. There was even a recreation of what an underground cult base could have looked like in the past.

They eventually found themselves at Bismarckplatz, where a short presentation was given about Bismarck. The students then dispersed for a while to grab a snack.

After a fun time at a Spielplatz, they trekked through the mud and arrived at a WW1 and WW2 memorial, where they respectfully gave their regards to those whose lives were lost during the wars, young and old.

That concludes the field trip, it was really interesting taking a step back in the past, and seeing how people used to live.

text: Grade 7 student

Junior Mathematics Competition Vienna

This weekend, 4 students from MYP went to the Junior Mathematics Competition in Vienna. A total of 40 schools with more than 200 students participated in this event. The competition consists of 3 parts: an individual competition, a team competition and a “chase’.

Unfortunately, none of our students won any prices, but as the host of the competition said: “There are no losers, only people who didn’t win”.


I really enjoyed this trip. I got to know a lot of interesting people and I saw a few familiar faces. All the students in the competition were interested in math, and it was fun to take part in the whole thing.


Very, very cool trip. I got to meet so many talented minds from the international community. The experience to train and challenge myself in a competitive setting really helped me growing terms of mathematical literacy.


I enjoyed going to the ISMTF math competition, because it gave us an opportunity to meet people from all over the world who have one common interest, mathematics. I was quite nervous for the Sunday Chase, as we were teamed with complete strangers, but it turned out amazing and by the end no one felt like they lost because we all gained something from it.


I think this trip was a great experience for us. We managed to meet people from all over the world, build friendship. I would go again, if the opportunity ever comes.


text & photos: ASZ

Grade 10 Field Trip to EMBL

On Friday 25th January, the Grade 10 students went on a field trip to EMBL. The students were given an introduction to EMBL and learnt about collaborative working across the scientific disciplines in a truly multicultural environment. 

They were given a short presentation by a PhD student about his research and had a short tour of the laboratory facilities. 

After a short break, students had a chance to meet three people who work in different areas of EMBL and ask questions about possible careers in science and how these people actually ended up working at EMBL.

One group, with EMBL’s health & safety officer even managed to get a short tour of the chemistry laboratories!

Before coming back to school, the students had lunch in the building that is built on a model of DNA with a double helix stairwell! All in all, it was a truly educational experience!

text & photos SAB

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