“Schüler machen Zeitung”

H.I.S. student articles published in RNZ

Once again, MYP students in Grades 8-10 participated in the annual RNZ project “Schüler machen Zeitung”.

Over six weeks in November and December, they read and discussed the daily paper in their German lessons and learned about researching and writing their own articles. At the end of the project, they had the opportunity to send in their articles, and the RNZ published the 40 best articles in a special supplement at the end of April.

11 secondary schools and more than 800 students in Heidelberg participated in this project and sent in their articles, and 8 H.I.S. students had their work published.

Congratulations go to Bennett, Katja, Hannah, Raga, Niels, Oscar, Pascal and Brian, and also to all the other students who took part in this project!



This week the Grade 12 Visual Arts students held their Art Exhibition as a culmination of their two years of study.

This talented group explored themes as diverse as ‘Perception and Reality’, Culture, Design and Architecture. Paintings, digital photographs, sculpture and video were all on display for classes to visit.

We wish the students well in their future creative endeavours.


Producers to Consumers

Grade 1 Field Trip to "Gemüserei"

Grade 1 took a trip to a local garden shop to launch their ‘Producers to Consumers’ unit. With his vegetable project Alexander Passaro https://www.gemueserei-bodenleben.de produces vegetables for local consumers.
The Grade 1 class learned about seasonal vegetables, how Alexander takes care of the garden and how shopping there makes a thoughtful consumer.


Online meeting with scientist Alexandra Stripp-Rebak

Grade 10 students had the opportunity to meet Alexandra Stripp-Rebak, a scientist specialising in protein sequencing and mass spectrometry from Denmark.

A former IB Chemistry student, Alexandra is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Copenhagen’s Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.

This online session provided students with invaluable insights into the field of genetics, which is currently being studied in their curriculum.

Beyond the science, Alexandra shared vital career counseling advice, shedding light on the life of a scientist, the decision-making process behind choosing a career, and the intricacies of conducting research in the scientific community.


Expressive Painting

Is there such a thing as "bad" art?

MYP students may have come home talking about the visiting artist Anna Baer calling their art “bad.”

What is a “Bad Art Party”? 45 minutes of painting without the pressure for perfection. Trying to make “bad” art. It’s harder than it sounds. Making bad art, being okay with making bad art is part of the artistic practice. Feeling free from fear of failure allows us to play and be expressive without the pressure for perfection. 

Students in Grade 6, 8 and 10 have finished their art residency with Anna Baer. They have been expressive risk-takers with abstract paint in the H.I.S. art studio. 

Grades 7 and 9 have joined Anna Baer and had a “Bad Art Party” to start off the expressive time together. The students have not only been making “Bad Art” but have also been exploring their own concepts and communicating their ideas using the elements and principles of art as a recipe for an expressive painting. 

Thank you, Anna Baer, for leading our Secondary students in creative play and expression. 

Anna is hosting an Open Studio event this Saturday, 10.2.2024, from 15:00 – 18:00 in Heidelberg, Hauptstrasse 107, Heidelberg, 69117.  She will welcome visitors for a sneak peek at her new collection of large scale artwork.

Visit annabaer.com for more information.

Sustainability Evening


Secondary students wrote poems in Spanish and German to share their thoughts about the topic of sustainability. The students’ work was on display at the Sustainability Evening at school this week.

Congratulations to the students for their fantastic shared effort to put this topic into words. Many thanks to the teachers for organising the event and for making sustainability a topic in the language classes.


“Blood Splatter Detectives”

Grade 6 Scientists

We are thrilled to share the exciting scientific exploration our Grade 6 Science students embarked on during their “Blood Splatter Detectives” laboratory experience this month.

This lab allowed our young scientists to put on their detective hats and practice the scientific method while investigating the intriguing relationship between the height of a drop and the diameter of the resulting splatter. In this hands-on experiment, our students honed their observation, measurement, and data analysis skills. The steps of the scientific method were meticulously followed as they designed their experiments, made predictions, collected data, and drew conclusions based on their findings.

The enthusiasm and curiosity in the lab were contagious as our students eagerly tested various drop heights and meticulously recorded their observations. They considered factors like drop height, the type of surface the ‘Shrek blood’ (in this case, a green food colouring as a substitute for blood) landed on, and the shape of the resulting splatter. This allowed them to understand the concept of variables and how they influence experimental outcomes. Throughout the lab, our budding scientists exhibited an impressive level of teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. They supported one another, discussed their observations, and even recalibrated their experiments when needed to ensure the highest level of accuracy.


Chromatography Trolls

Grade 5 students experienced a MYP science class in June.
The students learned the basics of paper chromatography, a simple separation technique used in science and in various fields in real life. They experimented with different coloured markers on paper chromatography strips to see how different pigment components are separated.
Afterwards the scientific investigation was taken a step further with a fun activity: Using the same technique, students created their own chromatography trolls.

Gib Acht im Verkehr

Grade 4 Road Safety Training

Our Grade 4 students had beautiful weather for their road safety training this year.  On four different days we made a short trip to the practice court of the traffic police in Kirchheim.

Once arrived, students got bikes and listened well to instructions from experienced police officers. They all gained knowledge about traffic rules including right-before-left and traffic signs, how to turn left safely and what to do when there is an obstacle on the road.

Now they know how to ride their bikes safely and we hope that they are all able to practice their skills and knowledge regularly.

Here is what some of the Grade 4 students said:

„I missed riding my bike. I definitely want to go on bike rides more often now.“

„ Riding on the small track was a lot more difficult than on the big one. I had to remember the right-before -left rule.“

„ This was so much fun. I can’t wait to show my parents what I have learned!“


Schüler machen Zeitung

Student articles published in RNZ

Once again, students at H.I.S. have participated in the annual project „Schüler machen Zeitung“, organised by the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung.

This involves a six-week subscription of the newspaper, which is read and discussed daily in the classroom. At the end of the project, students are invited to submit their own articles to the RNZ, and the best entries are published in a special supplement.

This year, more than 700 students from 29 classes at 12 of Heidelberg’s secondary schools participated in this project, and it is a great success for our students in Grades 8,9 and 10 that 16 of them saw their article published, some already in a December edition of the RNZ, most of them in the special supplement „Schüler machen Zeitung“, which was published this week.

One example is Bennet’s article on the special challenges faced by deaf or hearing-impaired footballers: