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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Over the past few months, students have done a lot of work electronically in the higher grade levels.
Now that they are back in school, in I&S (Individuals and Societies), students have had the opportunity to do more work by hand.
In Grade 9, students are currently doing an action component that involves creating a nature painting for a fundraising activity.
A Grade 10 student did her project work by hand, drawing the images and writing the text. The results were delightful. Homework is generally accepted in both, electronic and hand-written format. Students have the freedom to choose what works best for them.

Personal Project

Grade 9 develop first ideas

On Wednesday 19th May, the Grade 9 students had their kick off session for the personal project. 

The aim of this highly successful session was for the students to become familiar with the requirements of the personal project and to begin to develop potential ideas of their own to start the process.  Grade 9 students learnt about the process, documentation and presentation of the personal project report.

Th students looked at how the attributes of the IB learner profile support international mindedness and how they will be able to demonstrate the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills that they have developed through the MYP with the idea that they develop into independent lifelong learners.

We wish them every success on their personal project journey!


100 Acts of Kindness

Early Primary Students: "Hang in there!"

For the last few weeks Early Primary has been focusing, encouraging and emphasizing random acts of kindness. This week we just finished filling in our chart of 100 Acts of Kindness. Part of our celebration includes the EP students scattering little encouraging notes throughout the building.

Dear EP students,

Thank you so much for spreading your lovely little notes in the school building. I saw many students and teachers pick up notes and smile. What a wonderful idea to show you care about other people!


Sustainable Development

I&S Gr 10 Unit Development and Population Change

Sibylle Riedmiller, a German social scientist, has given an online talk to the grade ten class on Chumbe Island, an award-winning private nature reserve based on an uninhabited island off Zanzibar.

The nature reserve was founded in 1991 and includes a coral reef sanctuary, a forest reserve, historical monuments, nature walks and a small eco-lodge. Ms Riedmiller gave a presentation on the island, followed by a questions and answers session online.

The talk was a part of the grade ten I&S unit Development and Population Change. Emphasis of the unit is on sustainable development as well as environmental and population issues.  The class has started working on a sustainable development project, which they should complete by mid-May. Ms Riedmiller highlighted in her talk how education was a big part of her development work in Tanzania.

The students showed particular interest in how the project was set up and developed over time.  There were also some questions on the impact of the current corona pandemic on conditions in Africa. The class found the talk interesting, in particular as it highlighted the complexity of development issues and how cultural understanding was a big part of
successful collaboration between different stakeholders.

The class has also been doing work on development issues in Science earlier this school year.


Exhibition: Gegen das Vergessen

Lest we forget - project by Luigi Toscano

Exhibition Heidelberg Universitätsplatz (23 April – 7 May)

Students from GLL grade 9/10 and GL grade 11 follow the accompanying E-Learning-Modul in German class this week, supported by online tutors from the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

GEGEN DAS VERGESSEN is the memorial project created by Luigi Toscano from Mannheim. The photographer and filmmaker has been traveling the world to meet and portrait survivors of the Nazi persecution since 2014. So far, more than 400 of these encounters have taken place in Germany, The United States, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, Israel the Netherlands, France and Belarus. The number of portraits is still growing, but time is running out: It won’t be long until there will no remaining survivors.

Instead of exhibiting them in a museum or a gallery, Luigi Toscano always presents the larger-than-live portraits in public places, such as parks, squares or on facades, so they are accessible to everyone, independent of origin, age or education. By now, more than one million people worldwide have experienced the exhibition. The current installation in Heidelberg features about 100 portraits.

The Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung offers an additional educational E-Learning programme, which is sophisticated and sensitive. The content includes interactive modules, interviews with survivors, historic background information and research material. The students have the possibility to contact tutors, to comment on the content and to ask questions at each stage of the project.

​It is a very special exhibition. The following quote of the introductive exhibition text reflects:
“Special acknowledgement is given to those portrayed, without whom the exhibition would not have been possible. Their strength is incomparable, their trust immeasurable.”



Personal Project 2021-22

Many Congratulations to the Grade 10 students for the completion of their Personal Projects; a milestone that indicates that they have finished an important part of their education.

The Personal Project is a very important aspect of the MYP, and the process the students have gone through these past months has helped them gain skills that will support and prepare them for some of the challenges that they may face in the Diploma Programme.

Despite not being able to have a Personal Project Evening, many students still shared their products by presenting via zoom classes. We were treated to virtual presentations on Belarusian culture and the Holocaust, live music, by a student who wrote and composed his own song as well as a short movie full of suspense and a video on digital art.

Other topics included:

  • Football strategies used by successful football managers,
  • ADHD
  • Fitness
  • Benefits if indoor plants
  • Building a GPS tracking system
  • How idioms reflect our culture
  • How to solve argument-based beliefs and opinions
  • Dyslexia
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Symbolism in art and film
  • Graphic novel writing
  • Cultural cooking
  • Short story writing
  • Mental health in the modelling industry
  • How to create suspense in a short film
  • Performing a song
  • Digital Art