Business Leaders of Tomorrow

Grade 5 welcomed Tobias Röhner to their distance-learning classroom. Herr Röhner is a business consultant with Mile Two Consulting in Leipzig. He joined us to share his expertise, as students explore their current Unit of Inquiry, “Market Forces”.

Prior to his visit, Grade 5 had been given the task of starting their own businesses. During our virtual lesson, Herr Röhner talked to students about starting a company, explained the role of a business consultant, answered questions and made time to consult with each of the groups on their very own business ideas.

The students had the opportunity to make connections between their own learning and what is happening in the economy. Students were able to see how IB Learner attributes, such as being a risk-taker, knowledgeable, open-minded and a thinker are critical for starting a successful business.

Grade 5 students got an authentic taste of what it’s like to apply their knowledge, skills and creativity, in order to leave their very own mark the market.


Historical Christmas Greetings

Tradition dates back to 19th century

Grade nine and ten students have been working on making Christmas cards based on historic images in I&S class this week.

Some students were also inspired to make their own designs. Seasonal greeting cards became popular already in the nineteenth century and brought comfort during times of crisis in the twentieth century.

Some hand-made cards have been distributed in school yesterday and today.


Der Nikolaus war da!

Last week, students in EP, Grade 1 and Grade 2 were busy making their Nikolaus boots.

Each December 6, children in Germany celebrate ‘St. Nikolaus Day’. Children traditionally clean their boots the night before the 6 of December and put it outside their door. Sankt Nikolaus then fills the cleaned boots with sweets, fruits or small gifts.

The custom originates from the historical Sankt Nikolaus who had a reputation for leaving secret gifts, such as coins, in people’s shoes overnight.

When the students on the ground floor came to school in the morning, they found a sweet little surprise in their boot.


RC BRICK Pot – What?

The Learner Profile presented by Grade 7

RC BRICK POT – is an abbreviation for all the IB Learner Profile attributes. As one of their Community and Service projects, Grade 7 students created a presentation about the Learner Profile attributes in German. In groups they presented this to PYP German classes.

Grade 7 students prepared different scenarios for each of the Learner Profile attributes and our PYP students had to match the attributes that fitted best. Afterwards students were asked to draw their hands and to write Learner Profile attributes on each other’s hands.

After the grade 7 students left, we brainstormed how we could implement the IB Learner Profile more into the German lessons. Our students had some excellent ideas that we will look into and develop further.

Thank you very much, Grade 7, you did a fantastic job!


The Journey of A Blood Cell

Grade 7 students shared their learning with Grade 2

Learning Science is fun while teaching Grade 2!

Grade 7 had the challenging task to write a story about the journey of a red blood cell through the blood system of the human body.

The creative stories were read to Grade 2  students. The young scientists were thrilled to hear how the red blood cell travels through their bodies.

One student impressed Grade 2 by presenting her story with a visual model.

Well done Grade 7!



Saint Martin’s Day

EP Students experience a German tradition

Over the last couple of weeks, EP students were busy making their lanterns for St. Martin.

On Thursday, November 11 we had our little lantern parade on the playground celebrating St. Martin in German class. We sang “Laterne, Laterne”, acted out the legend of St. Martin and shared some Martin’s Men (sweet pastry) in class – as St. Martin is all about sharing.

What is the story behind Saint Martin?

Saint Martin of Tours (316 – 297 CE) initially worked as a Roman legionary but was later appointed the third Bishop of Tours. He was a modest and altruistic man. Children in all parts of Germany know the legend about his saving a homeless person from freezing to death by giving him half of his cloak.

Martin and His Cloak

One snowy winter evening, Martin and the other soldiers were returning on horseback to Amiens. At the city gate sat a beggar, so cold in his ragged clothing that he could not even ask for help. Martin did not have any money or food to give him, so he took his sword and cut in half his heavy red soldier’s cloak.


Schüler machen Zeitung

Projekt der Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

Heute hat wieder das Projekt „Schüler machen Zeitung“ an der H.I.S. begonnen.

Sechs Wochen lang werden sich die Schüler und Schülerinnen der 9.und 10. Klasse jeden Tag im Unterricht mit Zeitungslektüre und -analyse beschäftigen und dabei auch lernen, wie man selbst für eine Reportage recherchiert oder ein Interview durchführt.

Am Ende besteht wieder die Möglichkeit, selbstgeschriebene Artikel in der RNZ zu veröffentlichen. Das Projekt bietet uns eine fantastische Gelegenheit, Schülern die Wichtigkeit von Printmedien auch in unserem digitalen Zeitalter zu vermitteln.


Expert visits German class

Grade 3 welcomed musician Daniel Gallimore

On Wednesday, 9th June, we welcomed Daniel Gallimore to our German class (Grade 3 AGP). When Daniel joined our lesson on zoom, we saw him sitting in front of his drums. Daniel is a professional musician, playing drums with his band Neomore and he is also a drum teacher.

As our summative assessment for the unit: “Know Your Rights” we have to plan an inclusive playground (that means that everybody can play on the playground – children with handicap or not). Daniel was our expert, that we could ask questions about playgrounds for children with handicaps, because, since birth, he is also in a wheelchair.

When he was younger, he didn’t have too many choices to play on playgrounds that were suitable for him in his wheelchair. He showed us a few photos of things he would have liked to play with. A sandpit, that was not on the ground, more like a table, so he could sit in the wheelchair while playing with sand. We saw a seesaw that can be used for wheelchairs and also for children who can walk, a swing for wheelchairs and a climbing frame that had a wooden, wobbly bridge for people in a wheelchair and other children. He also told us that an inclusive playground is very important, so we are not excluding people and learn from each other.

We got so many ideas from talking to Daniel, that we were super excited when started to draw up our own ideas for an integrative playground. Thank you, Daniel for the talk and the little concert you gave us! You are a very good drummer!

Text: Grade 3 AGP and SH

Photo: SH

Grade 6 IB Learner Profile Wall of Honour

In Grade 6 homeroom class, we celebrate our differences and promote the IB Learner Profile attributes by nominating classmates who we think represent the 10 LP attributes best.

We started this activity in September 2020 by reflecting and observing one another during classroom lessons (even during distance learning) to determine who we think deserves special recognition for any of the different LP attributes. It is our responsibility to be fair ensuring that we are not nominating our classmates because we are “close friends”. Then, our homeroom teachers observe the nominated student to validate our nominations.

After final deliberation of our teachers, during one of our Homeroom sessions there will be an announcement recognizing the student who deserves to get their hands marked on the IB Learner Wall of Honour in our classroom. With this activity, we feel proud and successful. Above all,  we learn how to reflect, appreciate our classmates and try our best to achieve the 10 IB learner attributes to inspire others.

Sasha and Maahi, Grade 6

Chumbe Island

Sustainable Waste Management Campaign

As our activities at H.I.S. begin ahead of Environment Week (14-21 June) with the Environment Week Challenge Punchcards, our connection to Chumbe Island Coral Park, a protected marine area off the coast of Zanzibar in Tanzania, grows.

A chance meeting in the Weststadt, Heidelberg, with the marine park’s founder, Sibylle Riedmiller, has led to a burgeoning collaboration between Chumbe Island’s marine experts and educators, and the students and teachers of H.I.S. Grade 10 and Grade 2 have made contact with the island and have arranged Zoom calls with question-and-answer sessions on sustainable development and marine pollution.

As we prepare to work collaboratively on our most ambitious rooftop Mandala to date (kick off 7th June), with a design inspired by the turtles of Chumbe Island, and as our thoughts turn towards what we can do to reduce our environmental footprint, we have just received information about what is happening in 6 coastal villages close to Chumbe Island.

Chumbe’s Sustainable Waste Management Campaign has been working with 10 Waste Ambassadors from each community, with education and training culminating in 6 beach clean ups and the analysis of waste.The overwhelming majority of marine debris found during the beach clean-ups was degraded plastic and styrofoam. Each village has since been building a sculpture in their village using the waste they collected to tell their waste issue story. Here are some photos from the communities of Buyu, Chukwani, Dimani, KiembeSamaki, Kombeni and Nyamanzi. We thank them for sharing their ideas and photos with us.

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