Welcome back Grade 10

It so good to hear your voices in the school building! Grade 10 students returned to school after the temporary closure and seemed very glad to be back. The class was divided into two groups, with each group occupying a room. Like Grade 5 last week, the Grade 10 students had an open air PE lesson on the roof top terrace.

Grade 1 students returned back to school this week, too – check the blog for some photos of the class tomorrow!

photos: AS


Roof Top PE

Back at school, Grade 5 enjoyed the sunshine an their first “Roof Top PE lesson” last week. Thanks to the creative energy of their PE teacher, the work out at a distance was very effective – sore muscles anyone?!

photos: AS

Welcome back Grade 5

Grade 5 students had a great time exploring the playground at morning break.

They found it easy to think of games to play that would help them keep the required distance from each other. Thank you for being so mindful and caring – it’s lovely to have you back at school!

Too all those of you waiting patiently at home: We are thinking of you and we hope to welcome you back soon, too.

photos: AS



Antigone – Performing Arts at A Distance

Grade 6 students are rehearsing Antigone by Sophocles over Zoom these days!

In the picture you can see us rehearsing Episode 5 of the play, with the actors in the scene. Next week we plan to rehearse with home-made costumes and props – expect bedsheet’s for greek toga’s and lightsabers for swords!​

text & photos RB

Welcome Back

Good to see you!

We were thrilled to welcome back Grade 11 students and teachers today. On entering the building students wore protective masks, picked up their timetables and made their way upstairs to the top floor. It was good to see you arrive this morning, we truly missed you!

No drop-off was required, yet, but an individual welcome “at a distance” for every student was a highlight of this morning.

Students and staff learn, teach and work in school as well as at a distance this week.

It was good to see “stuff” left on the benches again.

We wish you a good week back at school. Thank you everybody for doing a fantastic job at following the safety precautions and hygiene requirements today. Let’s hope that we can welcome more students back to school soon.

text & photos AS


Earth Day 2020

Many MYP students took some time yesterday to consider Earth days past and present and ask different questions about what form or role this event might play in their future.

What issues drove the establishment of this holiday in the past?

What might the world celebrate as a success, like the reduction of the ozone hole, or consider a priority, similar to today’s push for cleaner air, in the future?

How might the roles of individuals, organisations, governments and technologies in protecting the environment change?

Once again, this event also challenged us to think about how to celebrate, raise awareness, collaborate, and express solidarity in a time of social distancing.

The students are still working on their reflections, but have made a great start so far!

If you would like to learn more about this day at home, or consider taking part in a digital event with your family, please check out www.earthday.org

To celebrate Earth Day yesterday, a Grade 9 student spent time preparing a vegetable, herb and flower bed.

text: CH

Coordinate Geometry

Grade 9 Math Homework that will put a smile on your face....

A Mathematics Teacher shared some of her students’ mathematics homework just before Spring Break: “I am very proud of my grade 9 students’ work. We worked on coordinate geometry before Spring Break and they had to create their own pictures using linear or quadratic functions. Enjoy!”

screenshots and quote: ASZ


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Active at a distance - PE

There is no stopping H.I.S. students getting out for their daily exercise.

Students in the Primary and Secondary school have been doing what they can to keep fit while following the government’s advice on social distancing. Staying fit and healthy is so important for your well-being and will help you to learn at home or at school.

Keep sending your photos to Mr Knowles in the MYP and post them on Seesaw in the Primary School for Mr Raw and Mrs Macdonald.

text: AR & photos: H.I.S. community

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Schüler machen Zeitung! H.I.S. Junior Journalists

In November and December 2019 the grade 9/10 German Language and Literature class took part in the annual project “Schüler machen Zeitung” organised by the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung.
The project entailed a daily RNZ subscription and a newspaper article writing competition. Each year several hundred students from schools in the Heidelberg area participate in this project. Every student writes an article about a topic of personal interest. The best articles are chosen and published by the RNZ.
Finally, last week, in a separate “Sonderbeilage” of the RNZ, the best 40 student articles were published and we are very proud that you can find 4 articles of H.I.S. students among them.
Well done Anton, Elli, Eshal, Franklin, and Jooke!
Elli and Jooke:
A big thank you to Frau Kress for supporting the students and this project!