On Monday, the 25th of November, period 1, the grade 9&10 German Language & Literature class enjoyed reading the Rhein-Neckar Zeitung and having breakfast at the same time.
This is one of the students’ highlights of the annual newspaper project with the Rhein Neckar Zeitung and the Stadtsparkasse Heidelberg called “Schüler machen Zeitung.”
But apart from the fun parts of the annual newspaper project there is quite a lot of work to do:
Over a period of six weeks the RNZ sends daily newspapers for the entire class and the students will learn about the structure of a newspaper, about the different types of articles, about a good writing style and how to research interesting topics. Finally each student will write an article which will be submitted to the RNZ in January.
The Rhein-Neckar Zeitung is hosting a competition this year – 24 classes of local schools in Heidelberg will be participating.
A prize of 300 € awaits the article that will be selected by the RNZ as the best one.
Good luck H.I.S. German Junior Journalists!
During Cultural Diversity Club on a Friday afternoon our MYP students were able to experience German traditions first hand.
Martinsmännchen are one of the customs used in Germany to remember and celebrate St. Martin a Roman soldier who later became bishop and who is known as a man who did many good deeds.This popular sweet treat eaten on and around November 11th and can be purchased in the majority of German bakeries or can also be made easily at home.
Grade 7,8,9 and 10 students were able to form and decorate their own pastry men and had as much fun as their younger schoolmates from EP and Grade 3 in the weeks before.
text, photos, recipe: MM, JE, JK
Konnie came to visit the students in the Primary assemblies this week. For some students this was the first time they had seen Konnie in school.
Miss Von Gizycki explained to the students where Konnie would be and how to act when he is around. The students were excited, but remained calm and that helped Konnie to be calm even with so many people around.
The students had many questions: When is his birthday? Will he come into our class? What does a therapy dog do?
Mrs von Gizycki answered student questions and explained that Konnie is still learning and growing and at the moment he will remain in the Learning Support Room, but by next Spring he should be more obvious around school and will have more contact with students.
In the meantime, we will see Konnie out on walks and around the school building and he will come and visit assemblies again soon! We are excited to see how much bigger he will be next time.
On Monday the EP students had a little parade through the school in remembrance of St. Martin. They were singing “Laterne, Laterne” and proudly carrying the lanterns they made in class and showing them to staff and students.
After the parade, students shared the traditional Martins Men made out of dough.
text and photo. StSt
Grade 7 students had their first CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) training as a part of their Science and Physical and Health Education Curricula. They are now familiar with some first aid methods.
Building on their practical knowledge the students had the chance to deepen their knowledge about the human heart a few days later. They welcomed a guest speaker to their Science lesson. Prof.Dr. Mukherjee, a heart specialist from the Cardiology Clinic in Karlsruhe, shared information about the anatomy of heart, medical conditions of the heart and the ways medicine uses to cure them. At the end of this great lesson, all Grade 7 heart experts saw an open heart surgery video.
We would like to thank Dr. Mukherjee for taking the time to be with us.
Traditionally the week before the 11th November you can find pastries shaped like men in bakeries all around Germany.
These pastry men are called Martinsmännchen or Weckmänner and are one of the customs used in Germany to remember and celebrate St. Martin from Tours. He was a Roman soldier and later became bishop, who was well known for his lovingness and care towards others.
The most famous legend about him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm.
In order to celebrate him and his positive attitude towards others, Grade 3 made dough and formed little man shaped buns during German lessons.
They decorated their men with raisins and chocolate drops. In order to follow St. Martin’s example of being caring, they also made a Martinsmännchen for our Grade 1 students. The students really enjoyed baking and handing out their Weckmänner to the younger students.
text & photos: SH&SST
During Homeroom Grade 8 students made Pumpkin Soup and served it to the school staff for lunch as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. They raised 49.80 euros! The Pumpkins were grown and harvested locally. Grade 8 would like to encourage people to eat local produce to help protect the Environment.
H.I.S. staff members were delighted about the delicious lunch, served by Grade 8. Many thanks to Grade 8 and their Homeroom Teacher John Knowles for this fantastic service. We can’t wait to taste the next soup…!
Grade 3 has started a new initiative, tea time! After harvesting the herbs that she planted last year, Mrs. Esser has been brewing up some delicious fresh herbal tea.
With a bit of foresight these herbs were planted last school year with a long term plan to help students stay healthy through the early winter months. Students have the opportunity to bring in a mug and drink the tea throughout the day. So far we’ve had all types of teas, including mint!
How is the tea? ‘Good!’ said one student when asked to comment. Another gave some more description, ‘When you smell it, it smells like lemon. But when you drink it tastes like… hmmm… I don’t know the word for it. Let me try.’
Grade 3 will continue harvesting and using our locally grown herbs for as long as supplies last. We look forward to a hopefully healthier fall season!”
text: JC & Grade 3
In the last week leading up to the summer break, Grade 5 has been building rockets that will hopefully “Reach for the Stars”!
In this unit, students have been exploring how our planet is part of a vast and complex universe. For their summative assessment, students have taken on the role of mathematicians, engineers and astronauts to find a new home for mankind. In hopes of getting them there, each team has had to design and create a rocket that flies straight and high…and is under budget. Every item them use will cost some funding.
What a great way to end the school year! 3, 2, 1…
text & pictures FW
As part of the Interdisciplinary Unit Global Change, grade nine students have been working on environmental issues and climate change in I&S and Science classes.
The students have produced a Global Change Newsletter, which will be displayed at the school library for the remaining weeks of the school year.
The students have researched and written articles on various topics, including natural disasters in the Mediterranean, droughts in Africa, climate change and melting glaciers in Greenland and climate change in Antarctica.
The newsletter also contains articles on further topics such as tropical storms in the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The students have learned a great deal about natural hazards and the impact of climate change in different parts of the world, and thought about how to mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
This unit also connects to topics discussed during the environment week earlier in the year. Environmental issues are an important part of the MYP curriculum.
Members of the H.I.S. community are encouraged to visit the school library to have a look at the newsletter.