Eat Local

Grade 8 students served delicious pumpkin soup

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…!



Tea Time

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

3, 2, 1…Blast Off!


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

Global Change Newsletter

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.

text: KG

Exhibition Action: The Power of Dogs

By May (Grade 5)

Hello there! My Exhibition is about therapy dogs. I like dogs and I was very surprised to learn that dogs can really help people. There are a lot of benefits of Therapy dogs.


This is the cooperation therapy dog team I met while I was on my field trip.

The dogs below are also part of the therapy dog team


 I would like to show you the “Power of dogs.”

During my field trip to see how Therapy Dogs train, I had a chance to ask some questions about Therapy Dogs.

Here are some of the things I learned:

Characteristics of a Therapy Dog: Friendly, not too active, calm, quiet, follow


A day in the life of a Therapy Dog: For the most part, the day of a therapy dog is like the day of any other dog: eating, sleeping, playing, walking and cuddling. Therapy dogs do not work the whole day, only 2 to 4 hours.

How to train a Therapy Dog: The dog needs obedience training (like every other dog). And he needs to make himself familiar with several special scenarios and things, such as: wheelchairs, various mobility aids, people who do not act like „normal” people because they have no or less control over their body, mental problems that lead to strange behaviour and people who show no reaction at all like coma patients, and so on.

Hygiene of a Therapy Dog:  brushed daily, all necessary vaccinations, wipe with wet tissue for dog’s body (so they don’t bring insects)

What a Therapy Dog does and its effects on people: make people feel happy, relaxed, and it is good break for the client (a pause). Therapy dogs can heal people but not all.

Patients get to feel and stroke the dogs, feed them, and sometimes go outside and play games (such as soccer).  They will sometimes jump up into bed with patients and sleep with them.

I will be doing a presentation for Exhibition. Please come to see me in our classroom to learn more!

On the Exhibition Evening, we plan to have a real therapy dog there to demonstrate what they do.



Schüler machen Zeitung

Students' newspaper articles published in RNZ

In November and December 2018 the grade 9 & 10 German Language and Literature class took part in “Schüler machen Zeitung”, a project organised by the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung, which entailed daily RNZ subscription and a newspaper article writing competition.

Every student created an article about a topic they decided to be of interest for the readers.  Every year, the best articles are chosen and published in the newspaper. This year 23 school classes and 546 students were working towards the same goal.

Finally, on March, the 27th, in a separate “Sonderbeilage” (special edition) of the RNZ, the best 52 student articles were published and we are very proud that 6 articles of H.I.S. students have been chosen. Well done Louis, Carolin, Ishikaa, Laura and Lennard!

And special greetings to Anna in South Africa, who submitted her article in January, although she left H.I.S. end of December, when the project was still in full swing.

text: BK

Tuning-In: Exhibition Week 1 & 2

The feel in the Grade 5 classroom has been one of excitement, nervousness and anticipation!

Since the beginning of the school year, students have had the opportunity to independently explore areas of interest and related issues that could potentially become their topic for Exhibition. The only criteria for the students was, that they to take notes and show how they used their time.  By researching and digging deeper into these issues, students were able to identify a passion that has now become their issue for Exhibition.

What will our central ideas be?  What will our key concepts and lines of inquiry look like?  This is what Grade 5 has been working on the last two weeks, as they tune into their areas of interest for exhibition.

This past two weeks have challenged students to practice thinking, social and communication skills. Grouping students with common issues, they have generated their own units, which have the potential of inspiring well-developed inquiries.


Our central ideas:

  • Interacting with each other can affect our health
  • Animals have rights and we have a responsibility to keep them
  • Media influences individuals and societies
  • Through innovation and discovery people learn who they are and about the world around them
  • Adversity effects equality in systems
  • Our choices and actions have an adverse effect on the environment and the accessibility to essential needs

It has been a fantastic two weeks, filled with deep thinking, excitement and progress! 

In weeks 3 and 4, students are “finding out” and “sorting out”. Stay Tuned!


text & photos: FW


Life Hacks Cooking!

Last week, the Life Hack’s Friday activity group did some cooking.

The preparation for cooking pasta and pizza involved a lot of planning. Firstly, we had to write a shopping list.

We looked up the prices of the foods on Rewe’s website and created a budget.

Then we brainstormed the utensils and materials we would need to cook the food.

After that we divided the jobs so that everyone would be included in the process.

Then we were ready to begin. For many of the students it was a first-time experience. It was great fun and an interesting task. The food was very tasty, but the process was quite challenging. Overall, it was a huge success.

text & photos HP

Pi Day

A Tasty Way to Explore Mathematics and Collaboration

 On Thursday, Grade 5 students celebrated International Pi Day. After exploring the power of pi in solving problems in the world, students used their knowledge in an attempt to accurately calculate the irrational number. This required students to use necessary measurement and number skills to find which group could get the closest to pi.

And what would International Pie day be without making some…well, pies…the kind you can eat! With a focus on communication and social skills, students organized a plan to bake the perfect pie. Groups that could recite pi to the furthest digit got their first choice. While listening to a mathematically theme pi sound track, students practiced following instructions, solving problems, making group decisions, time management and so much more.

The festivities ended with a pi reciting competition and of course pie. Sophia came in 3rd place, reciting 21 digits of pi. Luna and Jasper tied for 1st place, reciting 36 digits of pi. That is: 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288. WOW!

 Learning never tasted so sweet!


text & photos: FW